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Sobering Facts About Drunk Driving and The Holidays

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How The Holiday Season Impacts Road Safety

While the holiday season is full of joy and good cheer, it’s also the season for drunk driving accidents. While drunk driving crashes, unfortunately, happen every day, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that during the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s period, there were 285 drunk-driving related deaths.

Drunk driving accident fatalities are preventable. Here are some sobering facts every motorist needs to know.

Holiday Season Drunk Driving Statistics

The following are some alarming holiday season drunk driving statistics according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):

  • In 2018, drunk driving accidents on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve caused 108 fatalities.
  • In December of 2018, 839 people died in drunk driving crashes.
  • Drunk driving deaths represent roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities. However, on December 24 and December 31, it increased to nearly 50%.

Every single drunk driving death is entirely preventable. Read on to learn more about how you can stay safe on the road this holiday season.

How to Stay Safe on the Road

Since drunk driving accidents increase over the holiday season, here are some ways to keep yourself safe from the dangers of drunk drivers:

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other cars (especially if you notice they are driving erratically).
  • Take extra precautions when approaching intersections.
  • If you plan on drinking, enlist a designated driver or call a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft.
  • Drive defensively.

Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident? We Can Help.

When injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, it goes without saying that the experience is a devastating one. If a drunk driver causes someone to sustain a catastrophic injury, it can pose a long road to recovery both physically and financially. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a drunk driving accident, we are here for you. Our team of attorneys is ready to take on insurance companies who want to offer inadequate settlements and argue court cases on your behalf. From medical expenses and future costs to lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, we’ll fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Meyerkord & Kurthtoday at (800) 391-4318 to learn more about recovering compensation for your injuries.

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