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Appleton, WI personal injury attorney drunk driving car accidentAlthough the number of fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents throughout the United States has decreased by 48 percent since 1982, more than 20, 000 people are arrested each year for operating while intoxicated (OWI) in Wisconsin. Even though fatality rates have decreased, drunk driving is still one of the most serious forms of driver negligence, and it can have deadly results. Being involved in a car accident can have serious repercussions for your health and finances. If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident with an intoxicated motorist, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine your options for pursuing financial compensation.

Holiday Spikes in Drunk Driving

According to the United States Department of Transportation, the number of intoxicated driving accidents increases dramatically during the holiday season, spanning from late November into the new year. On average, nearly 800 Americans sustain fatal injuries due to drunk driving accidents during the month of December alone. Furthermore, roughly 300 of those fatal crashes occur between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This increase in driving under the influence is often attributed to alcohol consumption at holiday parties. After drinking, drivers should always use alternate means of transportation, including having a designated driver or using taxis, ride-share services, or public transportation. 

Steps to Take After an Accident

If you are involved in a collision with a drunk driver during the holiday season, you will want to take action to protect your right to compensation. Following a drunk driving accident, you should:

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Green Bay auto accident lawyersWith the holidays just around the corner, many families are making plans for travel. Of course, that means there are going to be more drivers on the road, which ultimately increases the likelihood of an accident. Intoxicated driving can also come into play, especially on the actual holidays themselves. Keep your family safe on the roads by knowing some basic holiday driving safety tips, and know what to do, should you or someone you love experience an automobile accident.

Stay Sober and Stay Aware

It goes without saying that everyone should avoid driving while intoxicated. Of course, no matter how much you say this, or how easily you – a responsible driver – follow this recommendation, there will always be someone who makes a grave mistake. Watch closely for these individuals by staying aware and focused while driving. Take every reasonable caution to avoid them and, if at all possible, report anyone who you believe may be intoxicated behind the wheel.

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Appleton personal injury lawyers, drunk driving accidentsHolidays are known for celebrations and, often, celebrations involve serving alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, many revelers decide to leave a party at a restaurant or a friend's house and drive themselves home. However, driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is extremely dangerous and often leads to serious drunk driving accidents.

According to statistics reported by advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 290, 000 individuals in the United States sustained injuries and an additional 10, 076 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2013 alone. Drunk driving—and the number of resulting accidents—tends to increase substantially on or around the fall and winter holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's.

Law Enforcement Cannot Stop All Drunk Drivers

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