The holidays are traditionally a great time for people to get together, but they also make for the perfect recipe for drinking and driving. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that someone dies in an alcohol-related accident every 48 minutes in the U.S.
That same data shows that there are more than 37,000 annual deaths in the U.S. due to vehicle crashes. That equates to more than 100 deaths per day. The most dangerous holiday for crash fatalities is Independence Day. New Year’s Day is a close second, followed by Labor Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Columbus Day.
Federal data shows that 130 people die per day on holidays versus 25 on non-holidays. Some researchers believe that the uptick in fatal crashes in the summer may be attributable to there being more teens out on the road. The researchers also believe that the high number of vehicle collisions in the winter is at least partially due to poor road conditions and a motorist’s limited visibility.
When it comes to holiday drinking and driving, some states are more dangerous than others. Federal data shows that the top ten most dangerous states to drive in during holidays are Missouri, South Carolina, Wyoming, South Dakota. Maine, Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, West Virginia and Alabama. The least dangerous states are New Hampshire, New York, Delaware, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Hawaii and New Jersey.
Crashes that involve intoxicated motorists tend to be so catastrophic because drunk drivers often fail to obey road signs and traffic signals, have difficulty staying in their lane and drive at an excessive rate of speed. You may be entitled to monetary compensation if you’ve suffered severe injuries in an alcohol-related crash here in Baton Rouge. An attorney can advise you of your right to file a lawsuit here in Louisiana after reviewing the details surrounding your case.