Christmas is considered one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, according to The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The period between Christmas and New Year’s Day sees a 12 percent increase in auto accidents involving drunk drivers compared to the rest of December. This is because more people are on the road, and holidays are a time of indulgence. The happiest time of year for some people traveling with their families can be destroyed with one mistake of a negligent drunk driver.
In 2017, more than 31,000 people were killed in car accidents that involved another driver with an illegal blood-alcohol content level, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In case you get into an accident with a drunk driver, it is a good idea to educate yourself on what to do if that unfortunate event occurs.
After getting into an accident with any driver, it is important to call the police immediately. Not only does reporting the accident get you immediate help, but having the accident documented will come in handy during a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim. If the driver flees the scene of an accident, report that to police so they know a dangerous driver is on the road.
A drunk person may not be completely cooperative, so it is okay to wait for the police to obtain their contact and insurance information for you. Collect as much information as you can at the scene, including pictures of the accident and contact information of any witnesses.
You may feel completely fine after a car accident despite damage to your car, but it is always in your best interest to go to the hospital or doctor’s office immediately after an accident. Your injuries may not be obvious due to adrenaline but will become apparent later on.
A car accident on Christmas can ruin family plans or became an unforgettable tragedy. If you were injured in a drunk driving accident, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help get the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Joliet, IL personal injury attorney at 815-727-4500 free consultation.