Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
For most Texans, New Years and Christmas are times to celebrate relationships with family and friends. For personal injury attorneys like Greg Baumgartner and his team, the holidays are about that, but also about something far more tragic.
New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve are among the ten most deadly days for drunk driving accidents throughout the year. Although alcohol-related fatalities have fallen steadily since 1991, Texas roads remain significantly more dangerous during the holiday season.
Although fatalities have fallen since 1991 due to efforts of organizations like MADD, the NHTSA and the Century Council, Texas roads are still significantly more dangerous during the holiday season. “Alcohol is part of many holiday gatherings and dinners,” warns Baumgartner. “Only a few Texans intend to drive while impaired, but many others find themselves unintentionally drunk behind the wheel.”
The best defense against drunk drivers this season is to stay off the road during peak hours for drunk driving. According to Baumgartner’s research, these include:
It’s during these hours that party-goers are returning home from their celebrations, some of whom are still impaired. The after midnight hours are especially dangerous, since those times combine intoxication with simple fatigue, which further slows reflexes and impairs judgment. Pedestrians and cyclists should also avoid the roads during these hours, since drunk drivers are just as much a danger to those on the medians and sidewalks.
The Baumgartner Law Firm has handled hundreds of drunk driving injury cases an experience they would love to never have again. Houston injury lawyer Greg Baumgartner has identified the most common mistakes made by people who ultimately injured or killed somebody while driving under the influence, allowing him to offer some hard-earned advice to Houston area drivers this holiday season.
“The best plan is to stay indoors during those peak times,” Baumgartner says. “If possible, plan to sleep within walking distance of where you plan to celebrate. Even a nice hotel room is less expensive than a citation or becoming involved in an alcohol-related accident.”