As the holidays approach, it can be expected that the roadways will become more and more dangerous to drive on. Back in 2013, it was estimated that nearly 95 million Americans would be out on the roadway, either traveling long distances to visit friends or family for Christmas or New Year’s. With that statistic comes others that are a bit more troubling. According to 24/7 Wallstreet, during the end of that holiday traveling period, “nearly 27,900 Americans would be seriously injured in an auto accident, and more than 250 would die.”
While there are still a few weeks before Christmas and New Year’s arrive, fatal accidents have already begun to occur for the month of December in New Orleans. U.S. News recently reported that a man and a pregnant woman were killed in a car crash this past weekend around 9:00 a.m. The two were traveling on Highway 11 when a pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic on the highway bridge flyover and collided head-on with the sedan the two were traveling in.
When emergency personnel arrived on scene of the accident, they transported the crash victims to a local hospital where they were eventually pronounced dead. The driver of the sedan was a 34-year-old male and the passenger traveling with him was a 29-year-old pregnant female. The unborn baby did not survive the accident either. The trucker as well as the passenger traveling in the truck both survived the accident. The news source did indicate that blood and alcohol tests were pending, however, the investigation is ongoing until those results come back.
Although this particular accident could be attributed to anything as the cause remains unknown, it is important to recognize that the holiday times tend to bring out negligent individuals who become less considerate to others around. And by negligent, we mean those who choose to drink and drive.
The Holiday Times Aren’t Always So Jolly
Did you know that “4 in 10 highway deaths around the holidays are due to drunk driving” [Source: Aetna]? Another scary fact you might want to consider is that “the average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before their first arrest, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC).” With more intoxicated drivers out on the roadways, especially as we near Christmas and New Year’s, it is important that you operate your vehicle with caution and attentiveness.
For those who have already been involved in an accident, it is important that you become aware of how you should handle your car accident case. If you suffered injuries, you might be entitled to collect compensation from the careless party who was guilty of causing the incident. If you lost a loved one in a tragic collision, the New Orleans, LA accident lawyers at Smith Stag can explain how to file a wrongful death lawsuit. You can contact this firm now by calling 504-593-9600 to speak with a skilled accident attorney.
As always, be sure you are driving carefully and implementing all the safety tactics you are aware of to help prevent any more accidents from occurring.