A Dallas attorney who handles car accident cases knows that certain holidays are connected with a significant increase in serious collisions. Most people would probably guess that New Year’s Eve is the worst, but in fact, Thanksgiving Eve and Independence Day typically have higher vehicle accident rates. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving in particular is associated with an unusually high rate of driving under the influence. That problem tends to continue through New Year’s Day.
Other holidays also are connected with drinking and driving more than the usual amount. St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo are two examples. One day that isn’t technically a holiday but is celebrated like one is Super Bowl Sunday. A large number of men and women drink too much at bars on this day and then wind up driving home intoxicated.
A Range of Reasons
The reasons that men and women go out drinking and get behind the wheel during these holidays are varied. Some are home for the holiday and want to go out with their friends. That’s the reason generally blamed for the excessive drinking on Thanksgiving Eve. College students make up a notable percentage of these individuals. Another reason is the pressure felt to make the day special for family and guests. A related factor is the stress some family members feel when they are compelled to spend an entire day or longer with relatives they don’t get along with.
Insurance Company Issues
This unfortunate scenario means that personal injury lawyers are likely to receive more requests for free consultations during the holiday season. These are supposed to be happy times, but instead, people who have been seriously injured by drunk drivers may need legal representation. Insurance companies are not always entirely cooperative, even if their policyholder was clearly at fault.
Insurance adjusters may seek to find evidence to blame the victim. For example, that person may have been traveling faster than the speed limit. Even worse, that driver may have also had an illegal blood alcohol content level. Although law enforcement may have determined that the other driver was at fault, this can undermine the person’s legal case.