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Fatal drinking and driving crashes are highest on summer weekends in Michigan

July 1, 2011 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan accident lawyer lists several factors associated with drunken driving car crashes

Last week, I blogged about newly released Michigan drunk driving statistics involving car accident fatalities. Each statistic, each fatality number, is a person who is now dead from drunk driving – which is always a completely preventable death.

With the start of summer in Michigan, remember that this time of year is also when the most drunk driving injuries and deaths will occur. Hopefully the statistics below will remind you to not get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking, and to be extra careful on summer nights and weekends, when the numbers of drunk drivers on the road is highest.

o Injuries from drinking and driving are highest in the summer in Michigan – Injury auto accidents involving people who had been drinking were the highest in June (414) and July (389). That’s an average of 13 car accidents a day over a period of two months!

o July is the worst for fatal auto accidents – The highest number of fatal car accidents involving drinking and driving was in July, with 31 fatalities.

o Crashes peak on the weekends – Drinking and driving car accidents that involved injury or wrongful death peak on Saturday and Sunday, between midnight and 2:59 a.m.

o Late night is the worst for fatal car crashes – The midnight to 2:59 a.m. time period had the highest rate of fatal crashes involving drunken driving (75.5 percent), while 9 to 11:50 a.m. had the lowest (4 percent).

o Fatal car accidents also peak on the weekends – Not surprisingly, the weekend had the highest proportions of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

o Personal injuries are worse with drinking and driving – The severity of injuries is much worse for drivers and passengers who had been drinking.

o More men drink and drive, and then crash and die – Of the 10,494 gender reported drinking drivers involved in auto accidents, 7,881 (75 percent) were males and 2,613 (24.9 percent) were female.

o Many drunk drivers who die in car accidents are younger drivers – 2,941 (28 percent) of the (gender reported) drinking drivers in crashes were age 24 and younger.

The above statistics are from 2009 (the latest stats available) and provided by the Michigan State Police.

Next week, I’ll be blogging on drunken driving accidents and fatalities by county in Michigan.

– Source – Michigan State Police Michigan Traffic Facts

Steven M. Gursten, partner of Michigan Auto Law, is recognized as one of the nation’s top accident lawyers handling serious car accident and truck accident lawsuits. He frequently blogs about safe driving and is available for comment.

– Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by Christian Haugen

More resources to protect yourself:

Michigan drunk driving law targets “drunker” drivers

Strengthening Michigan DUI laws

10 things to know if you’ve been injured in a Michigan car accident

Michigan Auto Law is the largest law firm exclusively handling car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Sterling Heights to better serve you. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with an accident lawyer.

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