New Year's Eve is often a night for celebration; however, this evening can also bring about many car accidents. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, 62% of New Year's car accidents were caused by drunk drivers.
Some other important drunk driving statistics include:
Three hundred Americans are killed in drunk driving accidents during the week of Christmas and new years day.
In past years, the time period from Christmas to New Year’s day, there were a reported 285 drunk driving-related traffic deaths.
Seventy-one percent of new years traffic fatalities involved drivers with a BAC of .015.
Regardless of how cautious you are while driving, you may be unable to avoid a collision with an impaired driver.
What To Do When Hit by a Drunk Driver
If you believe that you have been in an accident involving an intoxicated driver, there are a few things you should know to be prepared for:
Call 911. Immediately after you are in a safe place, contact the police to report the accident. Let them know if you or anyone else involved is injured and how severe the injuries are.
Give your statement. It’s important to give the officers an accurate statement of what happened. If you suspect the driver was intoxicated, please let the authorities know and explain why you believe so.
Seek medical attention. After an accident, it’s always important to seek medical attention. Sometimes all injuries are not visible, and you may be suffering from a concussion or possible nerve damage and not be aware.
Contact a lawyer. Working with a car accident attorney can help you better receive the financial compensation you deserve. They are familiar with representing drunk driving cases and will make things easier for you while you recover.
If you or a member of your family has been injured as a result of the reckless or drunk driving of someone during the New Year’s holiday, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Witherington Injury Law. We can help you learn about your rights to financial compensation. We have the experience to fight against drunk drivers to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation.
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