We’ve got an exciting holiday approaching, the Fourth of July, and while most people are only thinking about that day off of work, we all need to be thinking about our risks for an alcohol-related car accident in Asheville and elsewhere.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-related accidents cost the country more than $35 billion each year. It’s not the monetary loses that concern most. It’s the loss of life. In 2010, there were more than 10,000 people killed in these accidents. That means someone died every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash.
“Too often when people are celebrating on the Fourth of July, they aren’t thinking about the consequences that their actions could have on their family or on others,” said officials with the NHTSA.
Our Asheville drunk driving car accident lawyers understand that the Fourth of July holiday weekend serves as one of the most dangerous times to be on our roadways. During the 2010 Fourth of July holiday period, there were nearly 400 people who were killed in auto accidents. Of these accidents, nearly 40 percent of them were drunk driving accidents. During this year’s holiday period, there are more than 35 million people who are expected to jump in a motor vehicle and head more than 50 miles to their holiday destination. This is the highest prediction we’ve had in the last 10 years. With high travel predictions come high accident predictions. Practice safe and sober driving habits to help to reduce your risks for a potentially fatal accident.
We would like to remind all drivers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. This isn’t only a holiday enforcement slogan, but it’s the truth. Drivers are urged to stay away from the driver’s seat if they’ve had any amount of alcohol. Alcohol of any amount hinders your abilities to react behind the wheel.
Drivers are especially warned to be safe on our roadways when driving during the evening hours. This is when the risks for these kinds of accidents are especially high. The proportion of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2010 was nearly five times higher at night, (after 6:00 p.m.) than during the day (after 6:00 a.m.). During the Fourth of July holiday period evenings, about 80 percent of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities took place.
Drivers are asked to go out and celebrate with a plan. Make sure that you have a sober way to get home before you even begin the festivities. You can designate a sober driver, you can take public transportation, you can call a cab and you can even stay at a friend or a family member’s house. With all of these options, there’s no reason to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
The drunk driving car accident lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to assist those who have been involved in an alcohol-related accident in Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte and elsewhere in the Carolinas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to schedule a free and confidential appointment with an experienced accident attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Teen Car Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere Likely with Alcohol, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 15, 2012
Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Asheville and Elsewhere a Summer Risk, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 11, 2012