HOLIDAY RELATED DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS
While we tend to think about Black Friday as the busiest holiday shopping day of the year, we rarely give any thought about the day before Thanksgiving. However, it’s managed to garner a reputation of its own. Thanksgiving “Eve,” Black Wednesday, is ranked as the top drinking night of the year.
Black Wednesday’s Popularity
Touted as “Blackout Wednesday” or “Black Wednesday,” many believe this drinking day has had the popularity for decades. The main reason for this day gaining such popularity is because it tends to be when college students return home, and people are beginning their long holiday weekends off from work. As a result, the number of drunk driving instances increase.
According to an article by the Star Tribune, “2011-2015 data from the Department of Public Safety, 47 people are tagged for drunken driving on a typical Wednesday — but on Drinksgiving, that number jumps to 74. The festivities coincide with what is a very busy traffic period, with 45.5 million people driving over the holiday.”
Houston is Statistically Most Dangerous
Houston is one of the deadliest cities on individual holiday weekends and, according to CBS News, it shares this statistic with Los Angeles. The startling reality is that, in Houston, 72 percent of the drunk drivers who experience injuries in crashes will never face charges. Therefore, those who have suffered injuries as the result of drunk drivers must be diligent and act accordingly. Otherwise, these individuals will continue to drink and drive, potentially harm other people, and not experience charges.
What to Do If You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver
Suffering an injury as the result of a drunk driver can be scary and overwhelming. While your first instinct may be to hold off on taking action, this is a mistake. If you or your loved one has been hit by a drunk driver, it’s essential that you act immediately by following these action steps:
- Take photographs and video of damage and scene. In addition to these pieces of evidence being valuable for your attorney, you’ll need them for your insurance company.
- Seek medical treatment. This is critical information for your personal injury lawyer to have. Don’t avoid pursuing medical treatment under any circumstances.
- Detailed record keeping. Keep a documented record of all medical treatments, repair costs, and lost wages; as well as anything else that resulted from the accident.
Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney in Houston, TX, then the team at Mukerji Law Firm stands ready to advocate before the court on your behalf. When you’re the victim of negligence or wrongdoing of somebody else, it can often be difficult and confusing to find your way through the laws, statutes, and the simple minutiae of the legal system. You may not be aware of all of your rights under the law, and that’s where we come in. By working with your best interest in mind, our team of attorneys will work tooth-and-nail to stand up to insurance companies, corporations, or individuals who are responsible for your injury, illness, or other setbacks. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation of all the facts of your case; and if need be, we’ll take it to trial to make things right.