Summertime fun can lead to drunk driving accidents

Summer offers many opportunities to get outside and have fun. Too often, however, people do so irresponsibly and end up getting involved in drunk driving accidents.

It is no secret that people in Michigan and throughout the U.S. like to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather offered by the summer months. Unfortunately, however, an afternoon of fun at the lake or at a picnic can lead to serious car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 36 people died each day due to drunk driving accidents in the U.S. between 2001 and 2005. These numbers rose at certain times of the year when drunk driving became more common. This included not only Christmas and New Year's Eve, but also the summer months.

Research indicates that younger drivers are particularly likely to engage in drunk driving in the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that about 15 percent of teenagers between the ages of 18 and 20 admitted that they had gotten behind the wheel after drinking in 2010. Because teenagers are out of school at that time of the year, they have far more free time to drink and get into trouble.

Of course, it is not only teenagers who are drinking during the summer months. While Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve are some of the prime days of the year for drunk driving, none compare to the Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is the most deadly driving day of the year in the U.S. On average, between 2005 and 2009, there were a total of 144 deaths on our nation's highways on the Fourth of July. About 10 percent of those fatalities were teenagers.

Of course, many people enjoy getting outside and taking advantage of the good times that summer offers. Unfortunately, however, a number of people choose to have fun irresponsibly and can put others at risk.

Those who have been injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers should remember that they have legal rights. In some cases, depending on the circumstances of the accident, this may even include compensation for medical bills, time away from work and pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can examine the facts of your case and provide you with advice about what to do next. If you have been injured, do not delay. Schedule a meeting with a personal injury attorney today to learn more.

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