As the holidays arrive, the amount of drunk driving accidents tends to increase. More people are out on the streets having a few drinks with family and friends. Starting on Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, the holiday season sees more alcohol-related accidents than any other time of the year. While there is nothing wrong with drinking during the holidays, getting behind the wheel while under the influence is wrong. Contact an Oxnard car accident attorney if you are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. An attorney can help you obtain compensation for all your losses and injuries sustained in the accident.
The blood alcohol concentration is different for everyone. It is difficult to know how many drinks a person can have and still stay under the legal limit of 0.08%. Also, every drink has a different amount of alcohol and other factors such as the individual’s age, weight, and gender can affect how the body metabolizes alcohol. It is best not to drive at all, even if you just had one drink. Choose a designated driver and enjoy your holiday merrymaking.
Thanksgiving is particularly one of the deadliest days of the year to be on the road. Some people like going to Drinksgiving or Blackout Wednesday to start the holidays on a good note. This is the time when many college students come back home and workers who haven’t had a day off for a while finally get to enjoy some free time. But the day before Thanksgiving is also the time that has seen most alcohol-related fatalities.
Christmas Day also has a 33% increase in DUI fatalities. This is when many people overdo it at their holiday parties. The same is true for New Year’s Eve. About 42% of road accidents during this time are attributed to drunk driving, with an average of 1,200 deaths. Many groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) promote parties that don’t offer alcohol and encourage selecting a designated driver when alcohol is served.
Many alcohol-related car accidents are preventable but to deal with this problem we must approach the problem from different directions. It is important to be prepared accordingly before you attend these festivities. Instead of drinking and driving, ask for a ride, use a taxi or designated driver. Serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and never serve alcohol to minors. Stay away from drunk drivers and call 9-1-1 if you suspect someone is driving under the influence.
We wish everyone a safe holiday season! While we hope your celebration takes place without a fatality, we are only one call away. We have helped many clients in Oxnard find the comfort they need after a DUI accident. Drunk drivers kill many innocent victims every day and they should be arrested and punished accordingly. If you wish to learn more about your options when involved in an accident over the holiday, call us today and schedule your initial case evaluation with Oxnard car accident attorney J. Jeffrey Herman.