Drunk Driving Fatalities Spike during Thanksgiving Holiday
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, people are busy making plans to travel throughout Georgia to visit family and to celebrate this special time for families to reflect on the many blessings that we often take for granted. While many will celebrate this holiday with spiked egg nog and other alcoholic beverages, we urge friends, family, neighbors and members of the Atlanta community to always use public transportation, a taxi or a designated driver if they will be enjoying the holiday with beer, wine, liquor or other spirits. Our Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Injury Attorneys see the tragic consequences that result when drivers operate motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol far too often.
Fatal drunk driving accidents spike during the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving and extending through the New Year holiday. A recent survey conducted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) found that 75 percent of those surveyed indicated that they knew someone personally who drove after consuming a substantial amount of alcohol during a holiday celebration. While the common assumption among many is that New Year's Eve is the most dangerous holiday in terms of drunk driving accidents, Thanksgiving is actually the holiday with the greatest number of drunk driving fatalities each year.
A survey of data from AAA provides insight into why so many people are involved in fatal DUI accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday. There are fifty percent more motor vehicle traveling the streets and roadways throughout the U.S. during the Thanksgiving holiday because ninety percent of the population drives to the place they plan to celebrate this special day. Given the high volume of vehicles on the road and the increased miles traveled in conjunction with the fact that alcohol consumption is a routine aspect of celebrating Thanksgiving for many people, the fact that hundreds of people die in fatal crashes should come as no surprise. During the full holiday season from Thanksgiving through New Year's, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that more than a thousand people die in collisions involving intoxicated motorists.
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Whether you are headed to an office party or a family celebration for the holidays, a designated driver can prevent unnecessary injury, tragic fatalities and the prospect of both criminal and civil liability. Drunk drivers cause the death of over 10,000 people per year and cause life-altering injuries to many more. If you or a loved one is injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, our Atlanta accident attorneys have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.