During an average week, people get behind the wheel and drive to work or school, out with friends, to see family, and for many other reasons. Holidays, however, can be much different. While there may be fewer drivers on the road during holidays, the threat of an accident with a drunk driver is much higher.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), alcohol impaired fatalities make up more than a quarter of all crash fatalities. It’s not just the typical November and December holidays when this occurs; many other holidays and events throughout the year are just as dangerous and encourage the consumption of alcohol.
Seasonal DUI Fatalities
Accidents involving drunk driving can happen at anytime; however, certain seasons bring out an increased number of intoxicated drivers. According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the summer months are actually the worst time to drive, with 28% of DUI-related deaths predicted to happen in the summer of 2020.
Spring DUI fatalities are a close second to those of summer, however, with 26.20% of all annual deaths. Fall has almost a quarter of DUI incidents, with 24.60%, while the winter months that present their own set of seasonal road hazards are actually the least likely time of year to be involved in a DUI-related fatal accident, at 21.21%.
Worst Holidays for Drunk Driving
Data from various sources reveals the most dangerous holidays for drunk driving this year are likely to be the following:
- New Year’s Day: 232% increased risk
- Independence Day: 134% increased risk and typically the most dangerous day of the year
- Thanksgiving: 89% increased risk
- Labor Day: 74% increased risk
- Memorial Day: 57% increased risk and typically the second most dangerous day of the year
Deadly Drunk Driving Behaviors in Texas
Unfortunately, accidents involving drunk driving happen frequently in Texas. In fact, Texas ranks among the top five most dangerous states in the country for driving under the influence (DUI). It’s not just drunk driving either, as the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) estimated that between 2010 and 2018, more people died on Texas roadways than in any other state, regardless of intoxication. These statistics make Texas the state with both the most traffic fatalities and the highest number of drunk driving fatalities.
Alcohol can impair a driver’s abilities in the following ways:
- Slowed reaction times that delay the ability to quickly avoid potential hazards
- Impaired ability to make important decisions, such as abiding by speed limits
- Blurred vision
- Reduced hand-eye coordination
- Memory and reasoning impairment
No matter the day or time of year, drunk driving frequently leads to severe motor vehicle accidents. This is because impaired drivers contribute to extremely dangerous crashes through reckless actions such as speeding, driving the wrong way on a one-way street or highway, and crossing the median.
Drunk driving is a reckless choice many negligent Texas drivers make. If a car accident occurs as the result, the drunk driver can be held liable for the resulting damages. When the unexpected happens, having the insight and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney can help.
Lubbock Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys
Drunk or intoxicated driving is incredibly negligent, entirely avoidable, and puts others at risk. At Liggett Law Group, we fight to hold negligent drivers accountable for the damages caused by their actions and help victims obtain the compensation and peace of mind they need following a crash. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident with a drunk driver, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free consultation.