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Intoxicated Drivers Are a Huge Risk during the Holidays


Published in Car Accidents on December 2, 2019.

The holidays are nearly upon us, and that means there’s a lot to look forward to. The holidays also mean, however, that there are more  drivers on the road – and increased accidents are the result. The holidays and adult beverages often go together, but when motorists fail to take their responsibility to drive safely seriously by getting behind the wheel when , they endanger everyone with whom they share the road. If an  driver leaves you injured during the holidays this year, consult with an experienced Macon car accident attorney

Intoxicated Drivers Cost Lives

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) shares several dire statistics related to  drivers and the holiday season, including:

  • Hundreds of lives are lost as a result of drunk drivers every holiday season.
  • Over the past five years, 300 people – on average – have died in alcohol-related traffic accidents during the week from Christmas to New Year’s Day. 
  • In 2016, there were 781 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the month of December alone.
  • More than a quarter of all traffic fatalities across the nation are alcohol-related.

The holidays mean more drunk drivers and more dangerous accidents. 

Reducing Your Risk

Over the holidays, there are more  drivers on the road, but there are things that you can do to mitigate your risk, including:

  • Don’t Drink and Drive – While you cannot control other drivers, you can make it your policy not to get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. If you’re heading to a holiday party where you’ll be imbibing, plan accordingly by designating a driver, Ubering, or calling a cab.
  • Plan Ahead – If you’ll be traveling by car over the holiday, plan to drive during daytime hours. It’s not only safer from a general perspective (a greater percentage of dangerous accidents occur after nightfall), but it will also help you avoid the greatest number of  drivers who tend to hit the road at night. 
  • Allow intoxicated Drivers Plenty of Space – If you spot a driver in your midst whom you believe is , give him or her plenty of space on the road and alert the authorities when it’s safe to do so. Drunk drivers endanger everyone, and your call can help make our roads safer.
  • Don’t Let a Friend Drive Drunk – If you see someone leaving an event who should not be driving, say something. Offer to call the person an Uber – or provide him or her with any other alternative to driving under the influence. 

If an Intoxicated Driver Leaves You Injured over the Holidays, Contact an Experienced Macon Car Accident Attorney

Intoxicated drivers are a real risk over the holiday season, and if such a driver leaves you injured, the experienced car accident attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon are  on your side. Our formidable legal team is committed to aggressively advocating on your behalf for the compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, please contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.