Thanksgiving is officially over, and that means we are in the midst of the holiday season. From this point until New Years, many Americans will be enjoying the company of their friends and family, and will be hosting or attending a multitude of get-togethers to celebrate with the ones they love. However, these festivities almost always involve drinking, so it may not come as a surprise when our Chicago lawyers tell you that it is more dangerous to drive during this time of year than any other.
According to a 10-year crash statistics study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Year’s Day is the most deadly day of the year for fatal car accidents, followed closely by Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. That means that the period between late November and early January is noticeably packed with some of the most dangerous days of the year. As stated above, alcohol is most often the cause of these additional fatalities, with 54% of all New Year’s Day and 38% of all Christmas deaths involving a drunk driver. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our law firm want to make sure you and your family get home safely from your holiday parties, so if you are planning on attending one of these gatherings here are some important rules to follow:
➢ If you and your family are going to a party where you know you will be drinking, designate a driver. This can be as easy as asking one of your road legal teenage children to drive instead of allowing yourself to get behind the wheel. If you don’t have this luxury, ask a friend who isn’t drinking to drive, or look up local taxi services and put their numbers in your phone ahead of time.
➢ If you absolutely have to drive home after the party, drink very sparingly, and ensure that other people who are driving home do the same. Don’t be afraid to take a friend’s keys, or refuse to let them leave if you think they are endangering themselves by driving.
➢ Even if you are completely sober while driving home, be extremely cognizant of the fact that drivers around you may not be. Maintain safe following distances, and always drive defensively. Even the safest drivers can be involved in a wreck because of the negligence or recklessness of another person on the road.
Remember that when you choose to drive, you are taking responsibility for yourself, as well as all of the people around you. Making the smart decision this holiday season, doesn’t just keep you safe, it keeps us all safe.