As you prepare for the holidays by buying gifts, scheduling visits with the in-laws, and figuring out when to wrap the kids’ gifts “from Santa,” make sure you take a few minutes to make safe driving plans. Across the nation, major holidays involve a major spike in DUI arrests and drunk driving car accidents. Learn more about why this happens and how you can keep your family safe.
What should you do if you’re injured in a holiday DUI car accident? Make it a priority to hire a personal injury attorney. Call Mann & Potter at 205-879-9661 to set up a consultation with our team at your earliest convenience.
Drunk Driving in Alabama
Information provided by the shows that impaired driving is a huge problem across the state. In 2020, there were over 5,000 crashes caused by drunk drivers. The age range with the highest number of DUIs is 20 to 29 years old, although the numbers are still high for those aged 30 to 39.
Impaired driving collisions see a big jump at about 8:00 P.M. and peak at around 1:00 A.M. As you may expect, Saturday and Sunday are the worst days for drunk driving crashes.
Another alarming statistic: drunk driving collisions are more likely than other crashes to cause fatalities. Across the board, less than 1% of all car accidents are fatal. Among crashes where at least one driver is impaired, about 3% are fatal.
Which Holidays Have the Most Crashes?
The Department of Transportation also maintains data on holiday collisions. The two most dangerous holidays in 2020 were Labor Day and Thanksgiving. These two holidays were followed by Memorial Day and Christmas. If you are traveling out of town to see family this Christmas season—or even staying in your hometown—know that you are at greater risk of an accident.
Staying Safe This Holiday Season
Now that you know the holidays are a dangerous time for crashes, what can you do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe? First, know why impaired driving is such an issue at this time of year. People are traveling from all over the country to be with family members they may not have seen for months or even years. For many, this is the perfect opportunity to catch up at a bar or club.
During the holidays, taxis and rideshare vehicles can be difficult to find, as demand often outpaces availability. Even if someone is able to get a ride, demand-based pricing often makes it impossible to actually get a ride. This means that you should try to stay off the roads during the most dangerous times—as noted earlier, that’s generally between 8:00 P.M. and 1:00 A.M. If you are driving around at night, try to stay away from parts of towns with busy restaurants and bars.
Perhaps one of the most important things you can do is stay sober. Even if you generally feel comfortable driving after a couple of drinks, this may be the one time of year that you decide to stay completely sober before driving.
Should you encounter an impaired driver, you want your reflexes and decision-making skills to be at their best—any delay caused by alcohol could make it harder for you to avoid disaster. If you want to catch up with loved ones over a couple of drinks, try to do it at your own hotel room or home so you can indulge without getting back home later.
If your holiday plans include traveling out-of-state, take some time to review your driving routes before you go anywhere. Any type of distraction can make it harder to spot and avoid impaired drivers, so you don’t want to be looking at directions when a driver swerves past you. When leaving for an outing, give yourself some extra time so you aren’t rushing or stressed. This ensures that you are driving as safely as possible.
Reach Out to Mann & Potter to Talk About Your Accident Claim
Should you be involved in a car accident over the holiday season, don’t wait to reach out to an attorney. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call Mann & Potter at 205-879-9661 or to get started.