Holidays are the time of celebration and gatherings. Many of these events involve alcohol, and some drivers do not know when to say when. In order to protect the public, police run sweeps and step up their enforcement of DUI laws. Accordingly, DUI arrests sharply increase from the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
The day before Thanksgiving, also known as “Blackout Wednesday,” is the unofficial beginning of the time when all drivers will see elevated risk of being hit by a drunk driver. They may choose to celebrate the holiday with co-workers at parties, or they may take advantage of a less busy time at work to drink late into the night. However, for every drunk driver who is arrested, countless more get away with breaking the law because officers cannot stop everyone. Many will go undetected until they have caused serious injuries.
Many statistics focus on highway fatalities over the holiday period. Drunk driving is an act that can change the life of a family forever, even when a loved one survives the crash. For every car accident fatality, there are countless more lives that are permanently changed because of serious injury.
Drunk drivers can face much more than criminal penalties for their actions. They can also be made to pay civil damages to those who they have injured in an accident. It does not matter whether they are ultimately convicted of the crime. If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Harnage Law will fight for you to receive the highest possible compensation for your car accident injuries. Message us online or call us today at 321.549.7886 to schedule your free initial consultation.