While alcohol-impaired driving is always a major concern in motor vehicle crashes, there are certain times of the year when the problem is more prevalent: during the holidays.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fatal crash data spanning over 30 years have revealed consistently that Thanksgiving week, and the time period between Christmas to New Year’s Day see that largest amount of motor vehicle crash fatalities. Thus, making the holiday season a reason to be extra alert and vigilant while on the road.
As many people travel to see and spend time with their loved ones, more bodies and vehicles are on the road than usual. During this time, many holiday festivities also include and celebrate with the consumption of alcohol. Unfortunately, these all too often go hand in hand, and many of the fatal crashes seen are related to driving under alcohol intoxication.
The NHTSA data reveals that “about 40 percent of all fatalities during the Christmas and New Year holiday periods have occurred in crashes where at least one of the involved drivers was alcohol-impaired as compared to about 28 percent of all fatalities during the rest of December.” With more people consuming alcohol, there inevitably are more drivers that have consumed alcohol as well.
Our lawyers at Ray Padilla Law APC wish you and your loved ones a very happy and more importantly safe holiday season.
Have questions about a car crash that occurred over the holidays? Our law office is available and ready to help, contact Ray Padilla Law, APC today at (619) 431-1187 (San Diego) to speak with Attorney Ray Padilla directly. Please call even if it’s simply to ask, “what should I do?”