Drunk driving crashes, unfortunately, happen every day across the country, with many such auto accidents in San Diego happening, as well. However, holidays often see an increase in drunk driving due to festivities and increased access to alcohol.
Of all of these holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is typically seen as the one with the greatest connection to drinking and, in relation, drunk driving. In order to prevent a rash of drunk driving car crashes from breaking out on the holiday this March 17, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is highlighting the dangers everyone needs to know this St. Patrick’s Day.
According to the NHTSA, 103 people died on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 due to auto accidents, with 37% involving at least one driver who had a blood alcohol content of at least .08%, the legal limit in all states. Because of the high rate of drunk driving, the NHTSA reminds all partygoers to secure a safe ride home that does not involve them driving after indulging in alcohol. All St. Patrick’s Day celebrators should use public transportation or a designated driver to arrive safely home, and should also report all possible drunk drivers to police immediately.
However, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only time when drunk driving happens. The NHTSA reports that over 10,000 people died in the United States in 2010 due to some form of impaired driving and that, on average, someone dies every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash.
The San Diego drunk driving victim lawyers understand that reckless and dangerous drunk drivers can injure even the most responsible and careful driver in a crash. For more information on how we can aid you in finding compensation for your injuries in a drunk driving crash, contact us today.