Driving under the influence (DUI) remains a primary source of accidents during the holiday season

TAMPA, Fla. – The holidays are a time for celebrating, a time to ring out the old year and ring in the new, and that means parties and gatherings at work, at the homes of friends and family members, and at other events both near and far. It also means lots of travel and, according to a study from The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety, lots of auto accidents. The study analyzed accident data from week-long periods around both Thanksgiving and Christmas and found that in 2012, 18% more accidents occurred during the weeks including Christmas compared to the weeks that included Thanksgiving.
Holiday parties – and the drinking that goes with those parties – aren’t the only cause of the increase in accidents: in many areas of the country, roads are slick and icy; there are many more people on the roads, traveling to gatherings or events or shopping; and people are more distracted by holiday plans and the added pressure or shopping and preparing for celebrations.
Driving under the influence (DUI) remains a primary source of accidents during the holiday season, as confirmed by data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In studies it conducted, the NHTSA found that nearly half of all car accidents that occur on New Year’s Day are related to alcohol, and about 45% of all fatal car crashes that occur during the Christmas and New Year holiday period involved at least one drunk driver.
The NHTSA also reports that in 2010 alone, more than 10,000 people were killed in accidents related to drunk driving – that’s one person every 51 minutes. Each year in the U.S., car accidents involving drunk drivers cause about $37 billion in damages.
Staying safe is important all year through, but during the holidays, it’s especially important – no one wants their holiday season marred by memories of injury or even death. But no matter how safely you may drive, there’s no guarantee that other drivers will observe the same safety guidelines and cautions.
If you’ve been injured in an accident where a drunk driver was at fault, there’s no reason you should be burdened by the cost of your medical bills or suffer from lost wages or other accident-related damages.  Fighting insurance companies is a huge undertaking. To make sure your rights are protected, you need the skilled guidance and aggressive approach of an experienced accident attorney.
At the Baird Law Group, we help accident victims feel whole again. We fight tirelessly to protect the rights of accident victims, and we’re ready to help you. To learn more, call today 813-849-2679 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.bairdlawgroup.com.