The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) keeps a close eye on auto accidents year round to help determine when the highest rate of accidents is and typically they have found that times around the holidays seem to be some of the deadliest on the road. New Haven auto accidents typically happen at a higher rate this time of year too. One of the biggest culprits of accidents during this time of year is drunk driving.
According to a study conducted between 2012-2016 the DOT found that a staggering 14,472 people lost their lives in auto accidents in the month of December alone. Of those that were killed in an auto accident, a full 28% of them were involved in an accident that occurred due to someone driving while under the influence of alcohol. That’s a total of 3,995 people who lost their lives in alcohol related crashes in just the month of December through 4 years.
The numbers get even more staggering when you look at the time period between Christmas and New Years Eve when an average of 300 people died each year in alcohol related crashes.
The only solution to this epidemic of auto accident fatalities is to never get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking. Even if you’ve only had one drink, you should always designate a driver for the night. When you get to where you are going safely, you will be glad you did.
If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, contact our office immediately and one of our experienced attorneys will review your case.