Rates of DUI Accidents Highest During Winter Holidays

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Alcohol-Involved Accidents Increase During Holiday Season

Every year during the winter season, people spread the holiday cheer by hosting gatherings or planning events with their companies. These festivities, while a great way to have fun with coworkers, family members, and friends, often result in higher levels of consuming alcohol. According to one survey, the average American doubles their alcohol consumption during this time of the year. Unfortunately, this also results in higher levels of alcohol-involved car accidents.

Drunk Driving Accident Statistics

Data from the National Safety Council (NSC) finds that the winter holidays have a higher rate of alcohol-involved crashes than other days of the year. In 2019, about 38% of fatal crashes on Christmas Day involved a drunk driver and New Year’s Day showed 36% of fatal crashes involved a drunk driver, compared to the 28% annual average.

This issue is so pervasive that local law enforcement agencies often implement “no refusal” laws, which require any person pulled over to submit to an alcohol screening if under suspicion of driving under the influence.

Why Do These Crashes Increase?

There are many reasons why these auto accidents occur. For one, there are often more opportunities for people to consume alcohol with an increase in events. Additionally, the holiday season can bring about more feelings of stress and loneliness as people navigate their family relationships. In fact, over one-third say that their stress levels increase during the holidays.

Whatever the reason, all individuals should know to stay off the roads unless sober, especially in areas where inclement weather may be more likely.

Central Valley Car Accident Attorneys

Don’t let a negligent individual ruin your holiday season. The team at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt can help ensure you receive the compensation needed to heal from your injuries and recover lost wages. When you need it most, call (559) 900-1280 or fill out this short form.

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