How dangerous is drunk driving over the holidays?
The fast-approaching holiday season may be one of joy but can also be one of tragedy due to the negligence of drunk drivers on North Carolina roads.
Now that Halloween is over, North Carolina residents are turning their attention to the upcoming holiday season. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be one of joy, warmth and wonderful memories. It can, however, also be one of tragedy when the actions of negligent people lead to serious and even fatal accidents. Drunk drivers are among these negligent people.
Holiday drunk driving risks are real
Guardian Interlock, a company that manufactures ignition interlock devices, indicates that as many as 1,200 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the 2015 holiday season across the country.
While New Year’s Eve may be a known time for people to be on the lookout for drunk drivers, that is far and away not the only date about which to be concerned. The problem starts with the day before Thanksgiving. This is such a big day for alcohol consumption that it is actually referred to as blackout Wednesday.
Thanksgiving drunk driving deaths in North Carolina
Data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation shows how many accidents, injuries and deaths in which alcohol was involved occurred over Thanksgiving in different years. In 2012, 171 accidents resulted in 123 injuries and four deaths. The following year, there were five deaths and 104 injuries in a total of 167 drunk driving crashes. These five deaths represented 42 percent of all traffic fatalities over this holiday. In 2014, there were 1887 wrecks, 123 injuries and six lives lost.
Christmas drunk driving deaths in North Carolina
Fatalities involving alcohol over Christmas accounted for 39 percent of all vehicular deaths in the state in 2012, 67 percent in 2013 and 28 percent in 2014. A total of 16 people died over these three years and another 316 injuries were recorded.
New Year drunk driving deaths in North Carolina
Over the 2012 New Year’s holiday, there were 84 crashes in two days. These collisions caused 69 injures and all of the state’s five traffic fatalities for that holiday. Over the following two years, another three people died over the New Year’s holiday at the hands of drunk drivers.
Accident victims and family members deserve help
When a reckless driver causes a serious accident, those involved deserve to seek compensation. Talking to an attorney after a crash like this is important and can help people learn the best way to proceed in seeking this compensation and beginning to heal their emotional wounds.