When are you most likely to encounter a drunk driver?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

As a responsible driver, you understand the importance of maintaining full control over your car, truck or SUV. For that reason, you do not text and drive. You also never climb behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Others on the road, though, are not so caring.

You can decrease your chances of encountering a drunk driver by choosing your travel times carefully. To stay safe, you should try to stay off the roads when intoxicated drivers tend to be on them.

Sundays are more dangerous than you think

According to reporting from Money Geek, driving on weekends is common with those who have blood alcohol concentrations above the legal limit. Consequently, you have a greater chance of finding a drunk driver on Friday and Saturday. On average, however, early Sunday presents your greatest risk, as many revelers drive after partying on Saturday evening.

Holidays are also risky

Many Americans include alcohol in their holiday celebrations. As a result, driving on popular drinking holidays is likely to put you at risk. Specifically, you should exercise additional caution during the following special days:

  • Major sporting events
  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Memorial Day and Labor Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Watch out for an entire season

The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest on U.S. roadways, partially because of alcohol consumption. Therefore, every time you leave home during the summer months, you may pass at least one drunk driver.

Ultimately, if a drunk driver causes an accident that injures you, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation. This is true regardless of when the accident happens.