Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Holiday Drinking and Driving and Its Disastrous Effects

It’s always five o’clock somewhere. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and even the Super Bowl in our calendar’s rear-view mirror, one might think that our roadways are that much safer for the next few months. However, there remains another Holiday in the offing of which we must all be aware. Travelers on March 17, 2015 must be ever vigilant of a dangerous threat: St. Patrick’s Day celebrators. The Dolman Law Group has blogged in the past about the dangers of holiday driving.

While such discussions typically evoke ideas of people driving home after one too many at a Christmas party or on New Year’s Eve, it might (or might not) surprise you to learn that Driving Under the Influence arrests on St. Patrick’s Day are just as prevalent as any other holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,719 people died in traffic crashes in 2013 in the United States, approximately 31% of which (10,076) were involved in drunk driving crashes.. It is safe to assume that 31% of drivers at any given time are not under the influence of alcohol, and therefore it is not a difficult logical leap to make to say that driving drunk increases the chances that someone will be involved in a motor vehicle accident which results in a fatality. Additionally, crashes in which alcohol plays a role (meaning one or more of the drivers has consumed alcohol not long before the crash) are more likely to result in injuries and deaths than crashes where alcohol is not involved. (http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-1/63-78.htm).

Approximately 30% of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives. While such figures don’t contemplate the seriousness of such an accident, they are jarring nonetheless when one considers what a small proportion of rides are given (to one’s self or to others) while intoxicated relative to simply how many rides are given each year in America. On major drinking holidays, like New Year’s Day, approximately 40% of car accident related fatalities involved alcohol and alcohol-impaired driving in some way.

Contact the Dolman Law Group

Despite your attempts to keep yourself safe, you have been hit by a drunk driver. What now? The first thing you should do (if you are capable) is to gather as much information as you can. Make sure to take a picture of your vehicle and the other vehicle and keep the police report and any other relevant information. If you were rushed to the hospital, this information can easily be recovered, so it is not an issue.

At Dolman Law Group, we understand that choosing an attorney is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. You should not put your trust in just anyone to handle a complex legal matter. If you are thinking of retaining counsel because you were hit by a drunk driver or would like to call to discuss what avenue you should take, please call us at (727) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL  33765

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