Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are currently raising awareness about the importance of driving sober this 4th of July and all year round. While the Independence Day holiday is traditionally well known for barbeques, fireworks and backyard get-togethers, it’s also well known for being one of the most deadly holidays on U.S. roadways. This year, the NHTSA is calling on partygoers to plan for a safe ride home. Whether you call a cab, designate a driver or use a ridesharing app, make sure you have a plan to get home safely after an afternoon or evening of 4th of July celebrations.
Independence Day Crash Statistics
In 2016, 188 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver or motorcycle rider during the Fourth of July holiday period.
In 2015, there were 146 fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers or riders during that same time period.
Nearly half of those who died in the 2016 crashes were in a wreck involving at least one driver or rider with a BAC of .15 or higher, which is almost twice the legal limit.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Too
In addition to getting the word out about driving sober, the NHTSA also wants drivers to know that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Even a single alcoholic beverage can be one drink too many, so if you plan on drinking at all, designate a driver. Even relatively small amounts of alcohol can impair your ability to safely navigate the roadways. Reaction times and cognitive function can become impaired, and you’re putting yourself and others at risk for injury causing and potentially fatal crashes.
Car Accidents Caused by Drunk Drivers in Asheville
Car accidents caused by drunk drivers can leave victims in the hospital and out of work or worse. If you’re recovering from injuries caused by a drunk driver, you need to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your claim. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses and other bills associated with the crash.
The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy 4th of July, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Asheville or in any of the nearby communities, contact our skilled team at 828-303-2842 for a free case consultation.