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Holidays Are Major Dates for Highway Fatalities

Steve Wagner

Unsurprisingly, there is a gigantic uptick in drunk drivers and highway fatalities caused by drunk driving between Christmas and New Year’s Day. New Year’s Eve ranks as one of the top ten most deadly days of the year on which to drive. This is largely due to two factors: there are more people traveling and also more people celebrating and drinking. Together, this creates a deadly combination, with alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounting for forty percent of all traffic fatalities between Christmas and New Year’s. New Year’s Day is also the most dangerous day for pedestrians, with the highest number of pedestrian deaths of any other day of the year.

Designated Drivers Can Help (Or Not)

The idea of designated drivers began in Northern Europe and found its way to the United States in the late 80s, when it was championed by Harvard’s Alcohol Project. It was a highly effective initiative, decreasing alcohol-related traffic fatalities by twenty-four percent in just four years. The impact made was enormous and came after three years of no decrease in the statistics at all.

Designated drivers, clearly, can have a huge influence on the outcome of a celebratory evening, both for those celebrating and for those innocent travelers with whom they share the road. There is just one problem. Research shows that forty percent of designated drivers actually are drinking prior to driving their charges home. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other advocacy groups are working hard to provide education on this danger and to ensure people understand that designated drivers should not drink at all in order for the greatest benefits to be attained.

Growing Options Are Available

The good news is that there are now more options than ever when it comes to seeking out a sober ride home. There are, of course, options like Uber and Lyft, though as we previously discussed, it is up to the rider to determine if their driver is truly a “safe” option. There are well-publicized instances of assault, rape, and murder involving such third-party driver companies. If you’re looking for a more secure option, you could of course call a cab or a taxi. Perhaps even better are companies like BeMyDD, from whom you can hire a professional and background-checked driver to come to your location and drive you home in your own car. No need to go back the next day for your car. No risk that your buddy is a little less sober than he or she thinks. Significantly less risk that you will suffer bodily injury or die at the end of a great night out.

Are you paying the price for someone who was driving while drunk? Was your designated driver responsible for your injuries because he or she was drinking after promising to stay sober? Wagner Reese is an Indianapolis-based personal injury law firm with years of experience pursuing and winning vehicular accident and wrongful death cases. Call us now for a FREE consultation: {F:P:Site:Phone.

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