Car Accidents and the Holidays

On December 12th, 2011 the *National Safety Council* released its annual report which calculates the potential for traffic injuries and fatalities during the 2011 Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. The NSC estimated that 584 deaths could occur within a “90% confidence interval”. ‘Medically consulted injuries’ were projected at a range between 46,900 and 71,000. These damages will be considered serious enough for the injured to seek counsel from legal and medical professionals.
Continued research suggests that safety belts are 45% effective in preventing injuries and fatalities from taking place during a motor vehicle accident. The NSC is urging motorists to drive with caution during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This means wearing your safety belt, securing a designated driver, and simply paying attention to one thing while driving: driving responsibly. Based on the latest data from the *Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)*, the NSC was able to predict that 357 lives will likely be saved if 100% of injured motorists were wearing seat belts at the moment of impact.
Since 2001, *the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA)* has been conducting an ongoing crash statistic survey throughout the United States. In a *CRASH*STATS* study, the NHTSA confirmed that New Year’s Day is consistently the deadliest day of the year for ‘speeding-related’ vehicle accidents which result in a fatality, followed closely by Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The NHTSA’s investigations also conclude that alcohol is involved in 38% of motor vehicle accident on Christmas, and 54% on New Year’s. Statistically, alcohol is the contributing factor in one out of three traffic accidents that result in death. 72% of drivers who were impaired and at fault in a motor vehicle accident will never even see a criminal court. 11% will be charged, not convicted. Fewer than 20% will be both charged and convicted. These finds are startling, but realistic because it’s much more difficult for the state to prosecute a criminal trial than it is for a qualified legal consortium to file a civil suit for you.
If you were injured by another motorist who was negligently under the influence of intoxicants, and they are allowed to go without a charge or conviction, don’t worry. You can seek financial restitution by filing a civil case and win by proving the impaired driver caused your injuries. It’s crucial that you act quickly. Don’t stop and tell yourself, “It’s just a little whiplash” or “I’ll take care of it later”, because you don’t want to ruin this special time with those closest to you.

Victim In A Motor Vehicle Accident?

If you, or a family member, was injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, you need to seek the advice of professional legal and medical teams immediately. Our car accident lawyers in Orlando are here to work with you during this troubling time.The holidays are just as busy with traffic accidents as they are with shopping, and visiting time with your loved ones. Our Orlando attorneys will make themselves available to speak with you when in it is convenient for you while you are busy spending the time to take care of your family. Why bothering focusing on negatives during the holidays when expert legal aides can do all the work for you?