Drunk drivers are a problem on Colorado roads throughout the year; however, during the winter season, the incidents of DUI cases increase. Approximately 90 million people will travel by car during the holiday season alone. Fortunately, no humans were injured in the hit-and-run drunk driving accident below; however, that is not always the case.
Hit-and-Run Kills Sheep—Results in Arrest of Driver
A woman from Monte Vista, Colorado, has been arrested for DUI by troopers of the Colorado State Patrol for a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Rio Grande County Road 8 on November 17, 2015. She was driving her 2005 Isuzu SUV west on County Road 8 when she collided with sheep. She left the scene of the accident after killing 38 sheep and injuring 12 more.
Troopers tracked the driver down and charged her with DUI, failure to have automobile insurance, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving property damage.
The Number of DUIs Increases during the Holidays
Research has shown that the number of drunk driving incidents increases during the holiday season. It is estimated that two to three times more people are involved in fatal car accidents caused by drunk drivers during the holiday season. It is estimated that in the United States, 1,200 people will be killed and another 25,000 people injured between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day this year.
Other startling facts about DUI during the holiday season include:
- Blackout Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving. More people drink on this day than on New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day in some locations. Blackout Wednesday is one of the top drunk driving nights of the entire year.
- Incidents of drunk driving increase by 155 percent on New Year’s Eve. Christmas Eve sees a 33 percent increase in drunk driving.
- Forty percent of people surveyed claim their friends and family use the holidays as an excuse to drink.
- Ninety-six percent of people surveyed admitted to either going to work hungover or knowing someone who went to work hungover.
- Sixty percent of people surveyed believe that alcohol makes a party more fun and 57 percent have seen people drive while under the influence of alcohol.
Unfortunately, statistics show that some people will be killed or injured in a drunk driving accident the holiday season.
Contact an Experienced DUI Accident Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, you have legal recourse to collect compensation for your injuries. DUI is a crime; however, when someone is injured in a DUI accident, the drunk driver is also liable for the victim’s damages. You may be entitled to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, physical pain, emotional suffering, and other losses.
Contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya to discuss your right to receive compensation for your damages with an experienced Denver drunk driving accident attorney.
Do You Have More Questions about DUI Accidents?
Refer to our drunk driving accidents pages for more information about the consequences of a Colorado drunk driving accident.