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Drunk driving accidents are a serious hazard over the holidays

People like to go out and enjoy themselves during the holiday season, whether that means hitting up the local bars and restaurants, going to holiday parties with friends, or just getting together with family. Many people have time off from work or school, so there is a lot of traveling and a festive atmosphere centered around kicking back and having fun.

One of the downsides to this situation, though, is that drunk driving accidents remain a serious concern. With more people on the roads and more holiday parties, it doesn't take much for drivers to cause serious wrecks after having too much to drink.

The data from Texas does show a positive trend. From Dec. 1, 2014, to Jan. 1, 2015, Texans were involved in a total of 2,417 accidents in which alcohol was a factor. Serious injuries impacted 192 people, and 112 were killed. The next year, from Dec. 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016, there were 2,374 accidents involving alcohol. While injuries did go up slightly to 205, fatalities dropped to 102.

While it is true that there were fewer accidents and fewer fatalities from two years ago until last year, these stats do show that the risk is still high this year. Even keeping that trend going, which is what official hope to do, still means there will be thousands of DUI accidents and hundreds of injuries and fatalities.

If you're hurt in a wreck during the Christmas season, you may be able to seek compensation from the driver who caused the crash. This compensation can be for your medical costs, ongoing rehab costs, lost wages, and much else.

Source: Texas Department of Transportation, "Holiday: Plan While You Can," accessed Dec. 02, 2016

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