Holiday Drinking and Driving Statistics
Statistics show that
alcohol-related car accidents increase around the holidays, leading to increased chances of accident-related
injuries and deaths on the roads. According to Mother’s Against
Drunk Driving (MADD), the likelihood of deaths from highway car accidents
increases from 31% to 40% at Thanksgiving, 37 % on Christmas, 58% at New
Year’s, and a total of 40% for the entire winter holiday season.
Last year during the winter holiday season, 945 people died in alcohol
related crashes nationwide. Statistics from the National Institute of
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction predict that two to three times more people
die and 25,000 people will sustain injuries from drunk driving accidents
during the winter holiday season. If a drunk driver hits you this holiday
season, you need the support of a
personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. know the amount of pain
and stress drunk driving accidents cause and are dedicated to helping
you with your personal injury case.
This increase in drunk driving automobile accidents is a result from increased
alcohol intake during the holiday season. There are several reasons why
more people drink during this time of year:
Attendance at holiday parties where alcohol is served,
Some people who drink during the holidays rarely drink at other times.
This causes a low tolerance to alcohol. Therefore, an inebriated driver
may have a low blood alcohol level but exhibit a high level of intoxication,
Problem drinkers drink and drive more during the holidays,
Drinking to deal with holiday related stress.
In addition, holiday road travelers rushing to get places and winter driving
conditions make driving under the influence even more dangerous. With
more people traveling on roads during the holidays, more lives are at
risk during this time.
The Costs and Risks of Drunk Driving
Drunk driving comes with a large societal cost. Not only does injury and
loss of life cause physical and emotional pain as well as grief, the financial
cost to society is staggering. The total estimated cost in 2000 was $114.3
billion dollars with $51.1 billion dollars in monetary costs and $63.2
billion in costs related to a loss of quality of life. Georgia reduced
drunken driving incidents with prominent law enforcement and ignition
interlocks for people with multiple DUI convictions. However,drunk driving still remains an issue. In 2012, there were 295 documented deaths caused
by drunk driving accidents in Georgia. This number increased to 297 in
2013. These deaths accounted for 25% of all traffic accident-related deaths
in Georgia in 2012 and 2013.
Contact Goldstein & Hayes, P.C.
Injuries resulting from a drunk driving accident can cause stress, physical
and emotional pain, along with high medical bills and insurance costs.
If you or a loved one was involved in an alcohol related car accident,
you need the help and support of a personal injury attorney.
Contact an experienced Atlanta metro area attorney at Goldstein and Hayes who
can help you with your case. Call us today for your free consultation.