The holiday season is traditionally an enjoyable time of year to spend with family and friends. Holiday work parties and family gatherings give cause for us to overindulge in presents, games, food, and cocktails. Don’t let your overindulgence be a cause for a Carolina car accident during the holidays this year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a total of 644 total fatal crashes in 2009 occurring on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day as displayed by the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Of these 644 fatal crashes, North Carolina reported a total of 19. North Carolina also reported a total of 49 fatalities on these three holidays in 2009 compared to the national fatality count of 1,719. New Year’s Day had the most fatalities both nationwide and North Carolina.
Last Christmas, a young man from Winston-Salem was given the gift of his life surviving a near-fatal car crash after leaving his family on Christmas Eve to go visit his girlfriend.
No one really knows what happened to Ryan Fitzgerald that night but the police think that he guided right off the side of the road going the speed limit. In attempt to pull back between the lines he swerved over to oncoming traffic where he collided with another vehicle coming towards him. He remained critical for weeks and finally after four long months he returned home.
Not everyone is as lucky as Ryan was. So this holiday season make sure you drive responsibly and enjoy the holidays responsibly with friends and family. Nominate a designated driver so if you have too much to drink you don’t have to drive home. Buckle up your seat belt before you put your car in gear. Don’t drive over the speed limit, especially if there is excessive traffic on the roadway.
Don’t let the tragedy of a car crash change you or someone else’s life forever. Be Safe.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car crash, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment. Call 800-887-1965. Serving Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem and all points in between.