Sadly, thousands of drunk driving fatalities occur each year in the U.S. and
alcohol related crashes only increase during the holidays, with a 40% increase during
the winter holiday season. Chances of a fatal crash involving alcohol is the
highest on New Year’s Day, the most dangerous day for accidents involving pedestrians.
Those traveling during the upcoming holidays may be able avoid being involved
in an accident with a drunk driver by following a few tips such as:
Limit Late Night Traveling. If you are traveling for the holidays, stop at a
hotel or rest stop. Avoid high trafficked roads to minimize your risk of
encountering a drunk driver on the road. Be on the lookout for impaired drivers
leaving after work parties or happy hour gatherings, private parties typically
wrapping up around midnight, and bars at closing time.
Maintain Vehicles to Avoid Breakdowns on the road. Emergency pull offs are
extremely dangerous, even more so when dealing with impaired drivers who could
backend stopped vehicles or hit a motorist who has exited their car.
Defensive Driving is a must to avoid an accident with a drunk driver. Buckle
up anytime you are behind the wheel, avoiding distracted or drowsy driving. Be
alert to signs of impaired drivers and contact law enforcement if you suspect
someone is driving under the influence to get them off the road.
Have a Plan for Getting Home. If you are attending parties where alcohol is consumed, designate
a sober driver in advance or call a taxi or ride share service to ensure a safe
Contact an Iowa Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney for Help
Alcohol related crashes are 100 percent preventable, but unfortunately they still
occur injuring many motorists and pedestrians every year. If you or a loved one
is injured in a drunk driving accident, it is helpful to work with an experienced
motor vehicle accident attorney who can seek compensations for your injuries,
damages which include compensation for property, medical bills, lost wages, pain
and suffering and more. Contact the Quad Cities drunk driving accident attorneys at McDonald
& Woodward, PC for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.