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Do fatal drunk driving crashes happen more often on holidays?

A few days ago, many gathered together at a friend's house or sports bar to have a few drinks as they cheered on their favorite teams during the Super Bowl. Many likely got in their cars and traveled home afterward without incident. They were the lucky ones as this is one of several days each year in which drivers fail to make it home because they get involved in a fatal drunk driving crash.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the holidays on which the most drunk driving crashes occur in the United States are on the day of the Super Bowl, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo.

One statistic published by the NHTSA in 2010 captured how alcohol was responsible for 32 percent of all traffic-related deaths on St. Patrick's Day alone that year. On that particular day, a person died on average every 51 minutes.

The week starting with Christmas and running through New Year's Day is also a prime week for fatal drunk driving crashes. Data compiled by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reflects that as much as 40 percent of the fatal crashes that occur during this week-long period can be attributed to alcohol.

Although they're not holidays, New Haven motorists who take to the road early in the morning, such as between midnight and 3 a.m., have four times the risk of being killed in a fatal crash than those who don't drive then.

Weekends in Connecticut and the rest of the country are particularly dangerous as well. Data previously published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety captured how of all fatal accidents, 31 percent of the ones in which alcohol had played a role occurred during the weekend.

When someone you love dies unexpectedly in a car crash, the loss of their income can greatly affect your family's ability to stay afloat. An attorney can help you in easing your financial hardship. They will fight to get you maximum compensation for medical expenses, burial costs and loss of future income so that you can get back on your feet once again.

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