As we enter the holiday season, it is important to remind everyone of the dangers of drinking and driving. DUI accidents claim thousands of lives each year. During the holidays, drunk driving accidents increase, beginning with Blackout Wednesday.
What Is Blackout Wednesday?
Blackout Wednesday is the unofficial name given to Thanksgiving Eve. This day is known by bartenders and law enforcement officers throughout the United States as one of the biggest drinking days of the year, even surpassing New Year’s Eve and July Fourth in some areas. The reason why more people drink to excess the day before Thanksgiving is unknown. Some experts believe it is because many people are off on Thanksgiving Day so they know they can consume alcohol in excess without worrying about going to work the next day.
Unfortunately, going to work the morning after drinking in excess is not a problem for everyone. According to one source, ninety-six percent of people surveyed have gone to work hungover or knew someone who went to work hungover. Sixty percent of the same people believe alcohol makes a party more fun and fifty-seven percent admit they have seen people drive under the influence of alcohol.
Driving while impaired by alcohol is a serious problem during the holidays. As discussed above, over half of the people surveyed admitted they knew someone who had operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. By New Year’s Eve, we see DUI violations increase by 155 percent. While not all drunk driving incidents result in an accident, we do see an increase in DUI accidents during the holidays.
It is estimated that 1,200 people die and 25,000 people are injured in DUI accidents each year. This averages to approximately 728 people per day during the holiday season. For the family of the accident victims, even one person injured or killed in a DUI accident is one too many. The holidays become a bitter reminder of the loss of a loved one.
Damages In A DUI Accident
The court cannot undo the horrific and tragic consequences of a DUI accident. A monetary judgment does not replace a loved one or take away the pain and suffering of an accident victim. Unfortunately, a monetary judgment is the only way the court can compensate an accident victim and the family for a DUI accident. Common damages in a DUI accident include:
- Medical expenses, including future medical bills, physical therapy, and ongoing medical care
- Lost wages, including future loss of income and loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Funeral, cremation, and burial expenses, in the event of a wrongful death
- Compensation for permanent disabilities, scarring, and disfigurement
- Travel expenses, medical equipment, and other out-of-pocket costs
- Compensation for emotional suffering, physical pain, and mental anguish
The damages in a DUI accident depend on several factors, including the severity of the injuries, the length of recovery, and the level of permanent disabilities. Our Louisville DUI accident attorneys fight to maximize compensation. It is our goal for our clients to receive full compensation for all their damages, injuries, and losses.
Call Our Louisville DUI Accident Attorney For More Information
We sincerely hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. If a drunk driver does cause an accident, we are here to help. Schedule a free legal consultation with a Louisville DUI accident attorney. Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or by using our online contact form.