The Number of DUIs and Drunk Drivers Increase During Holidays

Drunk Drivers Are Out There – Drive Defensively

During the holidays, the number of drunk drivers on our roads increases making it more dangerous to travel on our roads in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. Downtown Harrisburg has it’s fair share of drinking establishments, further increasing the risk of encountering a drunk driver.

During 2014, 10,550 alcohol related accidents were reported in Pennsylvania. During the holidays, approximately 90 million people will travel by road for Christmas and New Year's Day. Drivers must be vigilant when traveling during the holidays to avoid drunk drivers, if possible, to keep their families safe from serious injury.

Some Very Startling Statistics About DUIs During the Holidays

The biggest drinking day of the year is not New Year's Eve or St. Patrick's Day - it is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day. Dubbed as "Blackout Wednesday," this day begins the holiday drinking season and is a much bigger drinking day than any other day in some areas of the nation. Other facts about drunk driving during the holidays include:

  • DUI violations increase by 155% on New Year's Eve compared to a 33% increase on Christmas Eve.
  • During the holidays, people are two to three times more likely to die in alcohol related crashes than during other times.
  • It is estimated that 1,200 people will die and another 25,000 people will be injured in vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers during the holidays.
  • Sixty percent of people polled admitted they believe drinking alcohol makes a party more fun and ninety-six percent of people admit going to work with a hangover or knew someone who went to work with a hangover.
  • Fifty-seven percent of people polled have witnessed a drunk driver and 40% said their friends and family use the holidays to drink.

With frightening DUI and holiday alcohol statistics like these, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of drunk drivers during the holidays.

Motor Vehicle Crashes Caused by Drunk Drivers

Vehicle crashes caused by drunk drivers result in horrific, life changing injuries for others on the road. In many cases, the drunk driver is not injured or the driver only suffers minor injuries while the other accident victims are killed or may suffer traumatic injuries. If you or a family member is injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have legal recourse against that driver. Drunk driving is a criminal charge; however, anyone injured by a drunk driver also has a civil action against the driver who caused the accident.

Injured By a Drunk Driver? You Have Rights

A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against the drunk driver to recover monetary damages for your losses. Compensation you may receive for a drunk driver personal injury claim includes but is not limited to:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Funeral expenses
  • Property damage
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, companionship, and support
  • Physical pain and emotional suffering

Contact an Experienced Vehicle Accident Attorney

The experienced automobile accident attorneys of Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season. However, if you are injured by a drunk driver in a motor vehicle accident in Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania, we want to help you seek justice from the at-fault driver who caused the crash.

Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate, knowledgeable accident lawyers. Put our experience to work for you & get the compensation you deserve.