The Dangers of Holidays

Legal questions? Text Chris Reid @ (205) 913-7406

Holidays are a time of joy and celebration. Unfortunately, these gatherings of people put more cars on the road, and an increase in drivers typically yields an increase in the number of accidents. On New Year’s, the number of drunk drivers skyrockets. The same can be said for Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day. Halloween is an exceptionally dangerous day for children. More pedestrian accidents occur on October 31st than on nearly any other day of the year. Some refer to the day before Thanksgiving as “Blackout Wednesday”. This is another surprisingly dangerous day, with DUI stats through the roof.

Drunk driving is never advised, but, as you probably know, occurs quite commonly. 1/8 of drivers admit they’ve likely driven drunk over the past year. This creates a massive threat when, during the holiday season, so many drivers take to the roads. 90 million Americans take a road trip over the Christmas season. With such an increased number of drivers on the road, the number of accidents and arrests reported should come as no surprise.

Pedestrians should be careful on these days as well. Just because you aren’t in a car doesn’t mean you aren’t in danger. While Halloween is a day of superstition and fun, it should also be a day of extreme caution.  This holiday ranks the highest for pedestrian fatalities. Parents should watch their kids closely as they move from house to house. Dress them in bright colors and keep them out of the road. With so many drivers drinking and texting, you’re going to want to closely monitor your children’s trick or treating.

We write this article not to frighten readers but to caution them. Holidays should be a time of celebration, not a time of bereavement. 473 people were killed in auto accidents in 2009 over the Memorial Day weekend. Of the 473, over 40% of the fatalities reported were alcohol related.  At the Reid Law Firm, we specialize in helping people out of bad situations. We are highly experienced when it comes to DUI defense. If you find yourself the victim of a car accident, we can help you as well. We want the best for our clients. If you’d like to schedule a time to talk, please call our office at  (205) 913-7406. Initial consultations are always free. For the quickest response, text your legal questions to Chris Reid at (205) 913-7406. We may also be reached by email at reidfirm@gmail.com

Our firm practices the following areas of law: wills, trust, and estates, divorce and family, DUI and drug offenses (only first and second time offenses), and car accident cases. We also handle business law, including formation of business entities and drafting contracts. Additionally, I co-host Yellowhammer News every Monday during lunch from 11-12 on 101.1 fm Birmingham (but our show is broadcast throughout most of the state).