The winter holiday season may have seen an uptick in cars on the roads of Plymouth. During the holidays, many people in Michigan take to the streets as they drive to the homes of their loved ones to celebrate the season. However, driving during the holidays can lead to car accidents that result in injuries or even fatalities.
Holidays are dangerous times on U.S. roads
According to one report, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years nationwide sees an uptick in fatal motor vehicle accidents by over 10%. Other holidays, especially the summer holidays are even more dangerous for travelers. The summer period sees approximately 140 fatal car accidents each day, a 54% increase over non-holiday periods.
Drunk driving a major issue
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving contributes to many fatal car accidents on New Years in the U.S. On New Years, 42% of fatal auto accidents involved a motorist whose blood-alcohol concentration was greater than the legal limit of 0.08. In comparison, drunk drivers were only involved in 30% of fatal auto accidents during non-holiday periods.
Seek help if you were involved in a holiday car crash
If you were involved in a car crash this past holiday season, you may want to explore your legal rights and options. Those who are injured in a car crash may find the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering difficult if not impossible to cope with. When this happens, it may be time to speak to a personal injury attorney to determine if seeking compensation through a legal filing is appropriate.