How to Stay Safe This Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving marking the traditional start of the busy holiday period
that will run until the end of December, families in Austin and throughout
Texas are gearing up to enjoy the festive season. While nobody should
be discouraged from enjoying the holiday cheer, it is important for people
not to forget some important safety tips while on the road this season.
The holiday season often brings with it a spike in
drunk driving accidents and state authorities are warning drivers that they will be on the lookout
for people who choose to drink and drive this season. Last year, 86 people
were killed on Texas' roads and highways in DWI-related car crashes
That figure, of course, does not reflect the countless number of people
who also suffered serious injuries at the hands of drunk drivers. Authorities
note that one of the problems is that in many cases people who typically
don't drink for most of the year will have a drink or two during the holidays.
Because these people have a much lower alcohol-tolerance level, they are
also likelier to be more impaired if they get behind the wheel. Police
are stressing that any event where alcohol is being served should have
a designated driver and that motorists on the road should not hesitating
in dialing 911 if they see a driver who may be inebriated.
Factors That Contribute to a Deadly Holiday Season
Based on a previous article in USA Today, the holiday season is a deadly
time on the nation's roads and highways. The beginning of the holiday
season, Thanksgiving, is typically the deadliest day of the year to be
on the roads, with hundreds of people being killed each year. Christmas
traffic deaths, meanwhile, typically depend on weather.
Counterintuitively, the better the weather, the more
car accidents. As much as 30% of all Americans could be traveling if they are not delayed
by blizzards and bad weather. Finally, while New Year's may not be
as deadly as Thanksgiving, alcohol does play a much larger role in the
end-of-the-year holiday. Between 2007 and 2011, alcohol was a factor in
42% of traffic fatalities during the New Year period, compared with 35%
Wondering why accident rates increase during the holiday season?
Find out in our previous blog.
What to Do if You Are Hurt in a Drunk Driving Accident
The holidays should be a time for Texans to spend valuable time with their
friends and loved ones. To ensure a happy holiday season, it is important
to make sure people don't put themselves or anybody else at risk by
drinking and driving. Unfortunately, however, such advice will not be
heeded by everybody. For those who have been injured by an allegedly drunk
driver, it is important to reach out to a personal injury attorney in Austin.