Summer is the season for kicking back a few cold ones on a hot day with friends. It is also the time of year when more of those partaking in alcoholic beverages decide to get behind the wheel and are involved in Driving Under the Influence (DUI) car accidents, which is not a fun fact.
In 2019, according to Statista, the most alcohol-impaired car accidents in the United States took place between May and September. On top of that, the drunk driving death rate in Louisiana is higher than the national average of 3.2 at 5.2 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Breaking these stats down even further, the percentage of fatal DUI car accidents increases over the summer months, from 8.8 percent in May to 9.5 percent in September.
This is obviously a problem for anyone on the roads of Louisiana and across the country over these months and warrants a closer look at the factors, the consequences, and the preventative measures that can be done to protect drivers.
DUI accidents are a year-round problem, of course, but the danger is heightened over the summer – and even more on particular summer holidays, when celebrating tends to be first priority over safety.
Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that the Fourth of July weekend is one of the most dangerous weekends to be on the road because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Data shows that 812 people were killed due to DUI accidents on or near the Fourth of July between 2014 and 2018.
More detailed DUI stats for Independence Day include:
After the Fourth of July, the next most dangerous summer holidays for DUIs are Labor Day (61 percent higher than average) and Memorial Day (54 percent higher).
These safeguard tips are not a guaranteed protection from drunk drivers in the summertime, but they can increase your protection from being involved in a DUI accident.
The pain and suffering caused by drunk drivers are endless – sometimes fatal. But some of the most common injuries from DUI car accidents include:
If a driver is experiencing any of these injuries (or more), and has been the victim of a DUI car accident, he or she can seek financial compensation in a lawsuit, which will cover:
If anyone in Louisiana is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will be pulled over by law enforcement and given a field sobriety test. These are state-mandated, implied consent laws that require drivers to agree to a breath, blood, or urine testing for alcohol content. If the test is refused, penalties may include a suspended license for up to a year.
A DUI is a misdemeanor in Louisiana that carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Here are the minimum penalties on drivers with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) above .08 percent or drivers who have refused a blood-alcohol content test:
A few things for drivers to keep in mind if they are pulled over for a DUI:
The experienced team of personal injury lawyers at Charbonnet Law Firm, LLC, has helped clients involved in a DUI car accident seek justice and well-deserved compensation. A free consultation is the start to walk victims through the challenging legal process.
With over 50 years of legal experience serving families in the New Orleans area and surrounding Louisiana communities, our firm takes pride in providing clients with personalized legal services tailored to individual needs.
“I walked in as a client and walked out as a friend. If you are good at what you do, you will never need expensive ads to prove it. Good outshines the rest and in volatile times such as now always go for the good and at Charbonnet Law Firm you will be treated as humans and not just a case file. It’s my word of mouth endorsement and I approve this message.”
“It’s easy to get caught up in lies. These days it’s hard to weed out good from bad. The best endorsement is what comes from people, not the lawyers’ own endorsements, paid celebrity endorsements or actors telling you they made millions. Charbonnet law firm has no expensive ads because they have happy clients. I am one of them!”
“If I had to sum it up in short Charbonnet Law Firm has a team that treats everyone with respect and esteem. Kindness is apparent as soon as you walk into the office, don’t be just a case number! I am not just saying it I am a client too!”
“Best Firm in New Orleans. Great service. These guys treated me like family whenever I got in a tight situation. Clean office and great location in the Metairie area.”