Drunk Driving Accidents Increase Over The Holidays: What You Need to Know
For many people, the holidays are a chance to spend time with loved ones, friends, and colleagues. With so many holiday events happening throughout the season, there are often ample opportunities to enjoy meals and alcoholic beverages. While most people consume alcohol responsibly at these get-togethers, some still make the dangerous decision to drink and drive. When a driver who is under the influence of alcohol decides to get behind the wheel, they are putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury or death.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, an average of 300 people were killed in drunk driving crashes during the week between Christmas and New Year, a trend that continued nationally over a five year period. In 2016, there were 781 alcohol-related crash fatalities in December alone.
Although it is illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, people still choose to consume alcohol and drive at a disturbingly high rate during the holidays. To protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming a part of these tragic statistics, here are a few things you can do to stay safe this holiday season:
- Consume alcohol responsibly – Drink at a reasonable rate and consider how your body processes alcohol. Remember that your body can metabolize about 10-12g of alcohol per hour, but your height and weight, gender, and body type can also play a role. It’s also a good idea to choose the number of drinks you’ll have ahead of time and stick to the plan to avoid overdoing it.
- Resist the pressure to drink at every event – Just because it is offered doesn’t mean you have to consume alcohol at every event.
- Designate a sober driver – If you are planning on drinking at an event, be sure to designate a sober driver to take you home.
- Hail an Uber, Lyft, or taxicab – If you don’t have a designated driver or if no one in your party volunteers, take advantage of the convenience of rideshare services or taxicabs to get you home safely.
As long as you remember to drink in moderation, you can enjoy a relaxing, peaceful holiday season with your friends and family. If you were hurt or if you lost a loved one in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have the right to seek fair compensation from the person who caused you harm. Drunk driving is negligent driving, and you could be owed significant compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Contact the Connecticut drunk driving accident attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers at 203-397-1283 to discuss how we can help you. We’re available to help any time, and will be ready to sit down with you and discuss your legal options when you schedule a free consultation with us.