December 2011 Archives

Alcohol Related Car Wrecks Rise During the Holiday Season

Andy Williams got it right; it is the most wonderful time of the year! However, it is also the busiest time of the year. Between holiday parties and people frantically hopping from store to store trying to find the perfect present, Tennessee roadways are jammed packed. Car accidents are surely to follow.

According to a recent report by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol related motor vehicle deaths soar during the holiday season. In fact, 40% of motor vehicle related deaths during this time of year involve drunk drivers. This is a 12% increase over the rest of the month of December!

Experts suggest that people should have no more than one alcoholic beverage every hour and should alternate between nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages as well. You can find more information here.

The attorneys and staff of Larry R. Williams, PLLC encourage everyone to drive safe this holiday season. If you choose to drink make sure you have a designated sober driver. Our Nashville personal injury attorneys take Tennessee drunk driving wrecks seriously. We understand the devastating effects that come from personal injuries or death resulting from a Tennessee car accident.

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Would there be fewer Tennessee car wrecks if it were illegal to use a cell phone while driving?

The Federal Government says yes. Drivers easily get distracted while using cell phones. Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee but merely talking is not. Not now. But talking on a phone can still be careless. Therefore, in every Tennessee personal injury case involving a car accident, I always ask if the at-fault driver was using a cell phone. The answer is yes more times that you would think it should be.

This data has caught up to the Feds. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that lawmakers create legislation that makes using a cell phone while driving illegal. The Tennessean has reported on their recommendation. You can read that article here.

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