• Dec
    28
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Impaired Driving is Responsible for 40 Percent of Holiday Car Crashes

    Whether you are heading home from your company’s holiday party or are going over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, driving during the holidays is fraught with peril. Some of the problem comes from the simple fact that the roads are more crowded: after all, the more drivers there are on the road, the higher the risk of getting into an accident. Add on icy roads or poor visibility due to snow, and you make things even more dangerous. We are all aware of the need to be careful, keeping our eyes open and putting our cell phones away to make sure that we’re not contributing to the danger by driving distracted, but there’s little that can be done about the single biggest threat to holiday time drivers – people who are driving after drinking. It’s easy to see how it happens, as most holiday celebrations involve some kind of alcohol, but that doesn’t change the devastating impact of being involved in one of these accidents, or the potential for tragedy that each incident holds. According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIIAAA), impaired driving is responsible for 40 percent of holiday car crashes. At Jarve, Kaplan, Granato, & Starr, LLC., we are here to help if you are injured in an accident, but it’s our holiday wish that you drive defensively and do whatever you can to avoid one.

    One of the best ways to avoid encountering a driver who is intoxicated is to know when they are most likely to be on the road and to do everything that you can to avoid driving during those times. Studies show that there are more drunk drivers on the road on Saturdays then on any other day of the week, and that 31% of drunk driving accidents that result in fatalities occur on the weekend. Though it would be hard to avoid driving two days out of every week, you can easily take measures to avoid the time when the highest number of drunk drivers are on the road – between midnight and 3 a.m. It’s also helpful to know that it is the days immediately surrounding Christmas and New Year’s that are most dangerous, with New Year’s Day being the more dangerous of the two.

    Though you can’t do anything to prevent others from drinking and driving, you can make sure that you are not guilty of driving under the influence yourself, and take the following steps to minimize your chances of becoming a victim. Avoid late night driving and try to stay off of the roads on the worst days. When you see a vehicle headed towards you or about to pass you from behind, hand to the right side of your lane to avoid being side swiped or hit head-on. Try to stick to well-lit roads with multiple lanes rather than dark, two-lane local roads, and report suspicious driving behaviors immediately when you see them.

    The law firm of Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC wish you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season.

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