New Year’s Day Sees Significant Increase in Injuries and Fatalities on South Carolina Roadways
Our David W. Martin Accident and Injury Lawyers know that New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated times of the year. South Carolina residents are no different than everyone else in the country who looks forward to starting anew by attending parties to ring in the new year with family and friends.
Unfortunately, the use of alcohol and/or drugs is not uncommon during these celebrations, which subsequently leads to drunk driving vehicle collisions.
According to the National Safety Council estimates, 427 people may die on U.S. roads this New Year’s Day holiday weekend.
What’s more, New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.
In fact, pedestrians are 1.7 times more likely to be killed while walking on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year. Those deaths were more likely to occur in the early hours of the morning, with 48% happening between midnight and 6 am, as celebrations begin wrapping up from New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Drunk Driving Statistics Reflect Higher Blood Alcohol Content Levels
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,142 drunk driving deaths across the nation last year.
On New Year’s Day, the drunk driving-related deaths spike 129% above the baseline average, making it the most dangerous holiday of the year when it comes to drunk driving.
While it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, 71% of New Year’s traffic fatalities involved drivers with a BAC of .015 or higher.
If you have been hurt in a crash caused by a drunk driver, or have lost a loved one to these tragic circumstances, our South Carolina personal injury attorney can help you pursue the liable driver for your full financial recovery.
Contact Our David W. Martin Accident & Injury Attorneys in South Carolina for Help Today
To learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the drunk driver who caused you or your loved one’s injuries or wrongful death liable for your full financial recovery needs, contact our South Carolina personal injury attorneys at the David W. Martin Accident and Injury Lawyers today by calling 803-548-2468 to determine the next steps to building your case for success.
We provide free consultations for all personal injury cases in South Carolina, and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.