Alaska Injury Lawyer - Wednesday, December 19 2012
Everyone understands that the holidays are a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate the end of another year and the beginning of a new journey when the calendar flips into 2013. Everyone also understands that for many people, this involves consuming alcohol. This includes law enforcement personnel, who are once again planning on stepping up their enforcement of Alaska’s DUI laws by adding extra troopers and patrols across the state to watch for people who may be driving while they are impaired.
Unfortunately, even this effort will not eliminate the mistake of driving drunk in Alaska, and it will not eliminate the Alaska DUI accidents that will occur in December. Below you will find a brief overview of the statistics that relate to the number of Alaska car accidents that occur in December where alcohol is recorded as a factor. Anyone who has been harmed in a crash caused by a drunk driver needs to obtain the help of experienced Alaska accident lawyers as soon as possible.
The Alaska Department of Transportation keeps and organizes the statistics that relate to Alaska car accidents of all different types. Based on those statistics that are based on alcohol-related crashes that occur across the state, it doesn’t take long to see that aside from perhaps one or two months in the summer, December is the most dangerous time of year on the roads of the state in terms of the risks presented by drunk drivers.
According to these statistics that are kept by the state, more than 160 Alaska car accidents will occur on average during December where alcohol is recorded as a factor in these crashes. In addition, these collisions lead to an average of nearly 50 injuries that vary in severity and to anywhere between one and five fatalities. These numbers have remained largely consistent for several years despite the fact that tourism is way down in December and the number of vehicles on the roads in general is much lower than during the warmer months.
When someone consumes alcohol and then causes an Alaska car accident that leads to serious injuries or even to fatalities, that person will likely be arrested and charged with very serious crimes that could lead to significant prison terms. However, people who have been injured or family members of those who have been killed can still take another form of action by way of filing Alaska personal injury lawsuits against those responsible for these losses. These lawsuits can lead to awards of damages that compensate plaintiffs for losses.
If you or someone you love has been injured or worse by a drunk driver, you need to seek the help of Alaska accident lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of those harmed for many years. Contact Barber & Banker today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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