The Fresno Bee reported that a driver was convicted of murder after a DUI accident in 2010. Cesar Gonzalez Moreno pleaded no contest to a murder charge related to the DUI accident on Thanksgiving Day 2010. His blood alcohol content was four times the legal limit when he caused to separate collisions on Highway 180 and Highway 99 that day. Moreno is scheduled to be sentenced on December 7. He could serve up to 21 years in prison.

Holiday DUI Accidents

The holidays are a terrible time of year for drinking and driving. Holiday parties and celebrations tend to increase the number of drunk drivers on our roads. People have a few drinks and believe they are okay to drive when, in fact, their driving abilities are impaired. This results in an increase in DUI accidents.

In some areas, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day is the worst day for DUIs because many people binge drink knowing they do not have to get up to go to work the next day. Other holiday DUI statistics include:

  • 40% of highway deaths during the Thanksgiving Holiday are alcohol-related
  • 37% of highway deaths during the Christmas Holiday are alcohol-related
  • 58% of highway deaths during the New Year’s Holiday are alcohol-related
  • Two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes during the holidays than during the rest of the year
  • Alcohol-related traffic accidents kill 1,200 people and injure 25,000 people between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day
  • There is a 33% increase in drunk driving charges between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and January 2nd
  • Roughly 96% of people admit that they, or someone they knew, went to work hung over after a holiday party

You cannot control what other people choose to do when behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, you can take steps to prevent yourself and your friends from driving while impaired.

  • Designate a driver who will not drink during the evening to ensure everyone arrives home safely
  • Use an alternate form of transportation if you drink (i.e. taxi, Lyft, bus, etc.)
  • Call a friend for a ride
  • Provide rides for your guests who drink at your holiday party or have them stay overnight at your home
  • Arrange to stay overnight at a hotel if you are attending a holiday party

What Should I Do After A DUI Accident?

If you or if your loved one is injured by a drunk driver, you need to seek immediate medical attention. Even a minor injury could turn into a serious medical event. It is always best to be checked out by your doctor as soon as possible after any accident.

The second priority should be obtaining an experienced Fresno DUI accident attorney. You should not assume that the insurance company for the other driver will automatically pay your claim if the driver was charged with driving under the influence. You must still prove that the driver caused the accident and you suffered damages in order to recover compensation from the insurance company. The insurance company may choose to fight your claim. Having an experienced Fresno DUI accident attorney on your side as soon as possible can help you receive a fair settlement for your claim.

Do You Need A Fresno DUI Accident Attorney?

If a drunk driver has injured you, we want to help. Call our office to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys discuss your legal options and how to protect your right to recover compensation during your free case evaluation.

Contact Torem & Associates by calling 1-800-954-4444 or by using our online contact form.