Were you injured in a drunk driving accident this past holiday season? Chances are you are not alone. The Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays are popular times for people in Olean to drink, and sometimes people will choose to drive drunk with catastrophic or even fatal results.
Drunk driving on holidays
According to ValuePenguin, over 6,000 collisions resulting in fatalities in the U.S. from 2010 to 2018 during the holidays involved a drunk driver. This means that 112 individuals lose their lives per 100 drunk driving accidents over the holidays each year. Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving each saw 21% of fatal drunk driving accidents on holidays each year. Christmas saw 15% of fatal drunk driving accidents on holidays each year.
Drunk driving is negligent driving
Ultimately, drunk driving is negligent driving. Motorists in New York are under a duty of care to operate their vehicles safely. Drunk driving or even “buzzed” driving breaches this duty of care. If this breach causes an accident that injures or kills another person, the drunk driver may be held liable in a civil lawsuit.
Seek assistance if you were injured in a holiday drunk driving accident
If you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver this holiday season, you may want to speak to a personal injury attorney about your options. This post does not contain legal advice applicable to any one person’s situation. Personal injury attorneys understand tort law and may be a good source of information.