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Are drunk driving accidents more common on certain holidays than others?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2021 | Car Accidents

The holidays are traditionally a great time for people to get together, but they also make the perfect recipe for drinking and driving. Every 48 minutes in the US, someone dies as the result of an alcohol-related accident.

There are more than 37,000 annual deaths in the US due to vehicle crashes. That is more than 100 deaths per day. Studies show that some holidays are more dangerous than others. 

On what holidays is it least safe to be on the road?

The most dangerous holiday for crash fatalities is Independence Day. New Year’s Day is a close second, followed by Labor Day, Memorial Day, MLK Day, President’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Columbus Day. 

How do holiday crash fatality rates compare to non-holiday ones?

On average more than 130 people die on holidays, versus 25 people per day on non-holidays. An uptick in teens on the road is partially to blame for an uptick in accidents during the summer. An increase in vehicle collisions in the winter is partly attributable to poorer road conditions and limited visibility.

Do some states have higher holiday accident rates than others?

Some states are more dangerous than others when it comes to holiday drinking and driving. Georgia doesn’t make it on the list of the top 10 most dangerous states for drunk driving, but neighboring states such as South Carolina and Alabama do. The least dangerous states are primarily in the Northeast or New England.

What should you do if an intoxicated motorist injures you?

Georgia law may allow you to recover monetary compensation if you can prove that a negligent motorist caused your serious injuries or loved one’s death. The amount of financial relief you may qualify for depends on the severity of your injuries and percentage liability and is subject to caps as applicable under state law. A drunk driving accident attorney can review your case and advise you what course of action to take next.