Drunk Driving Accidents and the Holidays

The Holiday Season runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and includes several national, religious, and cultural celebrations. Alcohol is a part of many of these celebrations, and, as family and social gatherings increase in frequency, so does the presence of intoxicated drivers on Texas roadways.

New Year’s Day is typically the deadliest of the Holiday Season as far as drunk driving accidents are concerned. Statistical analysis has found that over 60 percent of motor vehicle accidents on New Year’s are alcohol-related. However, New Year’s is not the only dangerous holiday; nearly one-third of auto accidents on and around Christmas involve intoxication as well. Tragically, these accidents frequently result in severe or fatal injury, ruining so much more than holiday plans.

If you are attending celebrations this Holiday Season, protect yourself and those around you by refusing to drink and drive. Even one drink can impair your reaction time, and when the likelihood of being surrounded by other impaired drivers is higher, the slightest intoxication can prove deadly. So make it simple: if you drink, don’t drive. If you’re driving, don’t drink.

Call a rideshare company. Rely on a sober friend. Sleep it off. Just don’t get behind the wheel.

What to do if an Intoxicated Driver Injures You

When an intoxicated driver injures you, it is essential to take legal action as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit is two years, but waiting to take action can complicate collecting total and fair compensation. The sooner you contact our attorneys, the faster we can work on your claim to help secure the compensation your injuries demand.

Damages that may be recoverable when a drunk driver injures you include medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, and personal pain and suffering. Some of these might be recoverable even if you played a minor role in your accident. The best way to learn what you may be entitled to seek is through a one-on-one consultation at our Austin or San Antonio office.

Do you need help? Call Shaw Cowart at 512-499-8900 and schedule your free case review today.