Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
The week of Thanksgiving week is the busiest travel time in the United States and one of the riskiest when it comes to alcohol-fueled auto collisions. Data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation* (PennDOT) shows the days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday were the deadliest of any holiday period in 2011 on the state’s roadways. With the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday just days away, Richard P. Console Jr., a Philadelphia injury lawyer since 1994, urges caution and responsible drinking behavior during the coming week.
“If you’ve been drinking, there’s never a good reason to get behind the wheel,” said Console. “You’re putting everyone around you at serious risk of harm. Just because you don’t feel buzzed, or drunk, doesn’t mean your judgment isn’t impaired by alcohol. Imperceptible changes in your reaction time while drinking can mean the difference between life and death in a car crash.”
In 2011, there were 4,203 traffic-related accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday, according to PennDOT.* That figure was the highest of any holiday in Pennsylvania during that year, and included 49 traffic-related fatalities. Independence Day (Fourth of July weekend) had one more total accident death than Thanksgiving, 50, but only had 2,860 total motor vehicle accidents. Memorial Day, according to PennDOT* data, was a distant second for total holiday crashes with 3,053 accidents. The state department of transportation attributes the uptick in accidents to increased volume on roadways, especially in large metropolitan areas like Philadelphia. Personal injury attorneys, including Console, see a corresponding rise in the number of accident claims.
“Family members travel from all over to be with loved ones for Thanksgiving,” he said. “It’s a big social occasion, and rightfully so. The problem arises when they drink too much and try to drive home because they have to work the next day or are trying to visit multiple houses in the same day. As the day progresses, they consume more alcohol, and the dangers only increase.”
Console stressed the importance of responsible alcohol consumption. All parties having to travel over the holidays should have a designated driver who’s completely so sober – no drinking alcohol at all.
Twenty-two of the 49 deaths over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2011 were related to alcohol consumption, according to PennDOT. Thanksgiving also led all holiday periods during the same year for the total number of traffic accidents related to alcohol use. In total, PennDOT* data shows alcohol played a role in 41 percent of all deaths over holiday periods in Pennsylvania for 2011.
Since 1994, the lawyers at Console & Hollawell P.C. have helped more than 5,000 accident victims in Pennsylvania obtain compensation for their injuries. Richard P. Console Jr., managing partner of the firm, remains dedicated to saving lives by increasing roadway safety across the state.