As the holiday season concludes, there have been more and more mentions in the media of alcohol related car accidents. The holiday season seems to lower people’s inhibitions, and some lose their head when it comes to alcohol consumption. While celebrating with a few drinks is every American’s right, it most certainly becomes a problem for the world around them when after the celebration, those same folks get behind the wheel of a vehicle and commit the offense of driving while intoxicated (DWI). When you factor in Thanksgiving family get-togethers, holiday work parties, family gatherings, and New Year’s celebrations, the holiday season brings about a significant increase in the amount of alcohol related vehicle crashes and a higher amount of DWI arrests.
DWI Accidents: Statistics During the Holiday Season of 2016
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, alcohol played a major role in many fatality related crashes during the holiday season of 2016. During Thanksgiving, it was determined that 23 of 52 crashes were caused by at least one driver committing DWI. These accidents alone caused 12 fatalities. New Year’s saw another 11 DWI crashes caused by alcohol, with 12 fatalities as a result. When the three holiday periods are grouped together and compared to the rest of the year, it becomes obvious that more vehicles on the road, combined with more alcohol being consumed, leads to a high amount of DWI related fatalities on our roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016, 28% of all traffic related fatalities in the country had one driver with a Blood Alcohol Content of at least .08, the legal limit in Texas. As you can see from the numbers above, Texas is surpassing that national percentage. This is certainly not something that Texans should be proud of, nor is it something to be ignored or accepted.
Why You Should Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm for an Accident
It is important to have experienced attorneys on your side. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where the driver was drinking or intoxicated, call the Kuzmich Law Firm at 972.434.1555. Steve Kuzmich is board certified in Personal Injury Trial law and has been working diligently on these types of cases for over 20 years. Also, Sean Kilgore is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Denton County District Attorney’s office and has the experience and knowledge to prove that a driver was intoxicated.
Steve Kuzmich is a Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Lawyer by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The Kuzmich Law Firms’ focus practice areas are auto and trucking accidents, wrongful death and other serious injuries, injuries caused by drunk drivers, injuries to children and the elderly, (slip and fall accidents) premises liability, and dog bite cases. For further information about personal injury litigation, contact us today at 972.434.1555.