December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month
The holidays are a great time for celebrations and good times with friends and family. However, these celebrations can quickly turn to tragedies in the event of an accident. Fatal traffic accidents occur more during the holiday season than during any other time of the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of these accidents are caused by people celebrating the holidays who make irresponsible decisions to drive while intoxicated. For this reason, December has been declared National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
To prevent holiday accidents, the best option is to avoid driving altogether. However, this is hardly an option that encourages family get-togethers. If you have to be out on the road this holiday season, remember:
- Never drink and drive. Keep yourself and everyone else on the road safe by choosing to stay off the road after drinking.
- Always wear a seatbelt. In the event of an accident, a seatbelt can save your life.
- Take frequent breaks and never drive while tired. More than 100,000 accidents per year are caused by drivers who fall asleep behind the wheel. In addition, overly-tired drivers experience a mental state similar to that of an intoxicated driver and can make the same driving mistakes.
- Avoid driving after dark, when an encounter with a drunk driver is more likely. Stay overnight with a friend or relative rather than drive home late at night.
If you or a loved one has been the victim in a car accident this holiday season, the Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can review your case and determine if you have grounds for legal action against the responsible party. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.