In Kentucky, we have a long history of making and consuming bourbon. The craftsmanship and enjoyment of this spirit are part of our culture. But if not handled carefully, this can come with a heavy price: individuals who drive after consuming alcohol put themselves and others in danger of being injured or killed in collisions.
The number of drunk drivers on the road increases during the holiday season. Because people are celebrating with their families and friends, there tend to be more occasions at which alcohol is served. Because holiday visits often require families to travel out of town, many Americans find themselves traveling by car more than they normally do this time of year.
This holiday season, pledge to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by practicing responsible drinking and avoiding driving while intoxicated. Remember, you are not the only driver on the road. If you are involved in a collision with an intoxicated driver, you could potentially face life-changing injuries and the medical bills that can accompany them. If you or a member of your family is injured, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your losses through a car accident claim.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathers data about drunk driving incidents in the United States every year. In a recent study, it found that males are more likely than females to be killed in drunk driving accidents, with individuals between the ages of 21 and 34 at the highest risk. Compared to the national average of 1.9 percent, only 1.5 percent of Kentucky residents surveyed admitted to driving after knowingly drinking too much alcohol within the past 30 days. Other statistics gathered by the CDC include:
In Kentucky and every other state in the United States, it is illegal for an individual to drive if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. For those driving commercial vehicles, the legal BAC is lower.
Individuals are on the road more, driving to friends’ and relatives’ homes for holiday parties and to shopping malls to purchase gifts for their loved ones. Simply by being on the road more, you are at an increased risk of being injured in a car accident. At many holiday gatherings, individuals tend to drink alcohol. You can see how the number of drunk drivers on the road increases around the winter holidays.
Drunk drivers can injure and even kill other motorists and pedestrians. This holiday season, plan your celebratory activities carefully. If you plan to drive, do not drink. If you plan to drink, do not drive. Coordinate with your friends and family members to make sure that everybody at the party has a safe ride home or a place to stay.
Even choosing not to drink and drive can not protect you from less conscientious individuals. If you are involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver this holiday season, seek medical attention for yourself and any other individuals involved in the accident. Once you have received appropriate treatment, contact an experienced Kentucky car accident attorney to discuss the possibility of filing a personal injury claim to recover monetary compensation for your damages.
At Becker Law Office, our team of experienced car accident attorneys is here to help you by answering your questions about the personal injury claim process and representing your claim, whether it goes to court or can be settled by the negligent driver’s insurance provider. Be an advocate for yourself and start working on your case with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can after your accident.