Super Bowl Sunday Responsible for Huge Gains in Drunk Driving Accidents

Every Super Bowl Sunday, football fans congregate to watch the game, have a couple of drinks, and enjoy their company.  But did you know that this time honored tradition could also be one of your last?  According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, Super Bowl Sunday is also the "Super Bowl" of accidents.  According to their data, Super Bowl Sunday is responsible for 75% more drunk driving related accidents in California.

The Data Supporting the Super Bowl Sunday Statistics

According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, this 75% increase in accidents represents a significant increase from years prior.  In 2004, the organization released a study tracking California drunk driving accidents from 1994 to 2002, finding these accidents were 41% more likely to happen on Super Bowl Sunday.  In a recent update to that study, the Automobile Club of Southern California found that between the years 2002-2011, there were a staggering 642 alcohol- related car crashes in California on game day.  If alcohol were not a significant factor, then there would be approximately 276 fewer car crashes on that Sunday.  It's clear that because of the nature of the big game and the frequency of the hosted parties which included alcohol, there are significantly higher amounts of car crashes. 

The Danger of Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk driving accidents can be extremely dangerous to not only the driver of the vehicle, but also to other motorists.  When a driver gets behind the wheel of an automobile after drinking, he or she takes others' lives in their hands.  Even if the drunk driver doesn't kill other motorists, he or she runs the risk of injuring others including: 

  • broken bones, fractures
  • internal organ damage
  • severe burns
  • traumatic brain injury
  • spinal cord injury
  • back injury
  • blindness
  • paraplegia
  • quadriplegia
  • coma
  • death
Drunk driving accidents can change someone's life in the blink of an eye.  This game day, make sure you have a sober driver or a cab lined up if you drink.  If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident, please get medical attention on scene.  And call a skilled personal injury attorney to preserve your rights and to obtain the compensation you deserve.