Despite the numerous campaigns and crackdowns that are designed to put an end to drunk driving both in Massachusetts and nationwide, impaired driving continues to be a top killer on our roadways. To be sure, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that every day, there are nearly 30 people killed in alcohol-impaired crashes in our nation. In Massachusetts, the statistics are no better: from 2003-2012, there were 1,370 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

While a drunk driving accident can occur during any time of year, alcohol-involved crashes often increase during the wintertime. If you have been involved in an impaired driving crash this winter, our Boston car accident lawyers at the law offices of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help.

Why Drunk Driving-Related Accidents Increase During the Winter

Statistics show that there are certain times of the year that are more dangerous than others in regards to the numbers of drunk drivers on the road. Some of these times include the days surrounding the winter holidays, most notably Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. In fact, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has even been dubbed “Black Wednesday,” as it is one of the busiest days of the year for bars. According to BACtrack, during the Christmas and New Year’s period, the average number of fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver rose by 34 percent. What’s more, in one year, 40 percent of motor vehicle fatalities around Christmas and New Year’s involved a drunk driver.

Other events that occur during the wintertime that are associated with an increase in the number of alcohol-related crashes include the Super Bowl and St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, in 2010, the NHTSA found that a drunk driver-involved accident occurred once every 51 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day.

What to Do if You Were Involved in a Drunk Driving Crash

Spring has just begun, but if you were hit by a drunk driver this winter, it’s not too late to take action to seek damages for your losses by holding the responsible drunk driver liable for your harm. By bringing a claim for damages against the insurance provider of the responsible party, you can seek compensation for the value of your medical expenses, property damage expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other losses.

Our Boston Car Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

Driving drunk is unacceptable, and when a drunk driver causes injury to another person, that driver should be held liable for the full extent of damages. At the law office of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., our Boston car accident lawyers are here to help. When you call our team, we will provide you with a free consultation and information about your options, and we’ll represent you on a contingency fee basis. To schedule your consultation today, please send us a message or call us directly at (617) 973-9950.