The holidays are some of the liveliest times of the year, thanks to a combination of planned time off, special events, and endless visits from family and friends. But if you’ve suffered a severe injury or lost a loved one because of an alcohol-related holiday accident, these special times can prove to be painful reminders of something you’d probably rather forget.
Why Is Drinking and Driving So Prevalent During the Holidays?
The celebratory spirit can lead many to overindulge and make poor decisions they probably otherwise wouldn’t. Not only that, but certain celebrations and occasions, like Christmas, have a tendency to make many Americans feel particularly lonely and depressed. Many try to combat these feelings of loneliness and isolation with alcohol and with increased drinking comes a greater chance for accidents on American roadways.
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
For a variety of reasons, some holidays lead to more drinking and driving related accidents and fatalities than others. One of the easiest ways to avoid becoming a victim is to recognize what these holidays are, and avoid traveling during these times as much as possible. New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are some of the most dangerous days of the year to be out on the roads, and Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Super Bowl Sunday make the cut as well. While it may not be reasonable to stay completely clear of the roads during some of the most celebratory times of the year, make sure that if you must travel, that you do so with a designated driver or by calling a cab.
Keep Spirits High and Stay Safe at the Same Time
There’s no reason you shouldn’t kick back and relax among family and friends when the holidays roll around, but remember, you may not be thinking as clearly after several alcoholic drinks as you are at this very moment. The infographic courtesy of AA Accident Attorneys, provides some sobering statistics on holiday drinking and driving, so review them closely and keep them in mind at your next celebration!