Alcohol is a contributing factor in about a third of all fatal car accidents in the United States. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone died in an alcohol-impaired accident every 52 minutes in the year 2013. San Diego drunk driving collisions can happen at any time, but they most often happen at night, on weekends, and during the holidays.
A big percentage of DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents happen during the holidays. There are 45 fatalities every day nationwide during the Christmas holidays season, and 54 per day over the New Year’s Day holiday. This is why all San Diego residents are encouraged to take extra care on the roadways over Christmas break.
If you are having a gathering at your home, please encourage your guests to pick designated drivers. Try to remain vigilant and notice who is drinking and who may be driving later. If one of your friends is set to leave with keys in hand, call a taxi service or offer them a place to sleep.
Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. It only takes a small amount of alcohol to affect your motor skills, reaction time and judgment. If you are going to a gathering where there will be alcohol, have a plan in place to get home safely. More and more San Diego residents are now using services such as Uber and Lyft to get around without worrying about who will be the designated driver.
If you are injured by someone else’s poor judgment during the holidays, don’t hesitate to research your legal options. Besides facing citations and criminal charges, drunk drivers can be held civilly liable for the victim’s damages and losses.
An experienced San Diego personal injury attorney can make sure you and your loved ones get the support you need to make a full recovery after a devastating DUI collision. Contact Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers to discuss your situation.
You can reach us at (888) 233-5020.