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Scary Facts about Drunk Driving Accidents on Halloween

Scary Facts about Drunk Driving Accidents on Halloween

Drunk driving accidents are more likely to happen on Halloween than any other night of the year. It is estimated that 44% of national fatal accidents during the Halloween weekend involve a motorist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 or more.

Fatal Accidents on Halloween Night

Around 38% of fatal accidents on Halloween night involve a motorist with a BAC of 0.08 or more. Similarly, 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night result from someone driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 168 of the road accident deaths between 2012 and 2016 resulted from drunk driving on Halloween night. The report indicates that most of the Halloween crashes occured between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am.

The most affected group is adults in the 21-34-year age group. Around 46% of drunk driving accidents on the 2016 Halloween night involved motorists in this age group.

Avoid Drinking or Have a Non-Drinking Designated Driver

Drivers can ensure their safety on the road on Halloween night by avoiding drinking alcohol. Those who will drink, however, should ensure there is a non-drinking designated driver. Another option is to use public transport or a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft.

Stay within the Recommended Alcohol Limit

If a motorist must drink and drive on Halloween night, he or she shouldn’t exceed the recommended alcohol limit of 0.08.

Avoid Distractions

Motorists should avoid distractions when driving on Halloween night to reduce the risks of getting into an accident. Putting on makeup, fiddling with the GPS, and texting while driving are some of the most common distracted driving practices.

The Course of Action after an Accident on Halloween

An accident on Halloween can be life-changing for those involved and their families. This includes the drivers and their passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists around at the time of the collision. Knowing the steps to take immediately after an accident can go a long way in preventing further damages and serious injuries.

Staying at the Accident Scene and Seeking Help

A driver should stop the car immediately after hitting another individual or vehicle. If possible, the driver should avoid moving the vehicle until law enforcement officers arrive at the scene. He or she should call 911 right away if anyone involved in the accident needs medical help.

Exchanging Information with Other Motorists

The driver should talk to other motorists involved in the crash. He or she should exchange names, contact details, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance details. The driver should try to be civil with other parties involved in the accident without admitting fault.

Documenting the Accident Scene

The driver should try to document the accident scene by taking photos and videos. The driver can also use smartphone apps to record the location, date, time, and GPS coordinates of the accident. He or she should also note the contact details of any eyewitnesses at the scene.

Seeking Medical Assistance

The driver should seek medical assistance, no matter the extent of his or her injuries. Medical and treatment records from a doctor are essential when filing an injury claim. Consequently, the driver should keep these documents safely.

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

The driver can get full and reasonable compensation by working with a personal injury attorney, especially if the accident was caused by another driver’s negligent actions.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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