Holiday Weekends Mean More Drunk Drivers
Driving during weekends and holidays can be more dangerous than at other times. One primary reason is that more reckless and drunk drivers are on the roads during such times. While long weekends like Labor Day or the winter holiday season are a time to celebrate and enjoy ourselves, many people decide to drink too much and drive home, often cousin accidents and serious injuries to others.
The Most Dangerous Holiday Weekends to Drive in the U.S.
Although all long weekends and American holidays are “chronological black spots,” Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day are some of the worst. On average, 444 Americans die on the road during these holidays. The chief culprit? Drunk driving, which accounts for 37% of fatal accidents during these holidays.
The following are some statistics about driving during holidays and weekends compared to other days:
- The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reveals that drunk driving causes 40% of all road accident deaths during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
- Memorial Day is 21% riskier than other days.
- Increased traffic from traveling increases fatal crashes.
- It can be riskier driving during summer holidays than during winter holidays.
How to Protect Yourself During Holiday Driving
So, how can you protect yourself and your loved ones? There are simple ways to try to stay safe:
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Have other transportation if you plan to drink alcohol.
- Pay attention and steer clear from other drivers who are driving erratically or seem like they might be intoxicated.
Talk to a California Car Accident Attorney Now
You can be as safe as possible while driving yourself and your family, but you cannot control the actions of others on the road during holidays or long weekends. If a drunk driver hits you and you suffer injuries, you want a California car accident lawyer from the Law Office of Brian Brandt on your side. Contact us today.