We have talked about the dangers of drunk or drugged driving at length. According to the CDC, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver each day. This equals one death every 51 minutes — a tragic number that can be avoided.
Certain days of the years attend to attract drunk drivers. Those include the major “party” holidays, such as July 4 and NYE. With NYE just around the corner, we thought we would focus on driver and traffic safety, in the hopes of keeping our roads safer as we head into the New Year.
Holidays and Impaired Driving
Holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, family, friends, and fun. Unfortunately for some, they become something different entirely. If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident that was not your fault — no matter the time of year — know that California law and our experienced Woodland Hills accident attorneys are on your side.
The National Safety Council recently examined six major holidays to determine the worst day for traffic accidents. Not surprisingly, the major factor causing accidents and fatalities in every instance was drinking and driving or using drugs and driving. Curiously, New Year’s Eve was #5 of 6, although experts pointed out that the number of accidents and fatalities depended on whether New Year’s fell on a weekday or weekend. Statistics from the study show that more than 40% of traffic fatalities on New Year’s Eve are caused by drinking before getting behind the wheel, as compared to 35% on Christmas, which is the least deadly holiday for driving.
Pedestrian Accidents on NYE
With more people out and about, enjoying the Valley’s temperate winter weather and walking from restaurant to restaurant and party to party, pedestrian accidents increase over the holidays, including New Year’s Eve. Drunk drivers may not see an individual crossing at the crosswalk. Or they may over-judge a left turn and end up on the sidewalk, hitting innocent victims. Those injured in pedestrian accidents are at a high risk for more serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and broken bones, since they do not have the steel casing of a motor vehicle to protect them. Pedestrians injured by a drunk driver can file a civil claim against the driver to recover financial compensation for injuries.
If you or a loved one are injured this New Year’s Eve by a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact skilled accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no obligation consultation about your legal rights and your potential for financial recovery.