The celebrations of the holiday season bring a darker side to the nation’s
roadways – a spike in fatal car accidents. According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of drunk driving
fatalities is 2 to 3 times higher during the holiday season, which runs
from Thanksgiving to New Years. Further, The
U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that 40% of traffic deaths between Christmas and New Year’s
are caused by drunk drivers, which is 12 percent higher than the rest
Below are a few common sense safety tips can help protect yourself and
your family from harm.
- Don’t drink and drive!
- Devise a safe plan to get home ahead of time, whether having a designated
driver who abstains from all alcohol, taking public transportation, or
arranging for a cab/ride share service to bring you home.
- If you do drink alcoholic beverages, know your limits. Limit the number
of alcoholic beverages to one an hour, drink plenty of water, and don’t
drink on an empty stomach.
- If possible, avoid being on the road during peak holiday driving
For more information or if you have sustained injuries in a drunk driving
accident, please contact the experienced
San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.