The Philly Holiday Experience, local parties, and celebration events are among the many reasons to hop in a car and check out Philadelphia this holiday season.
Safety advocates and city officials are reminding people that wherever they go and however they get there, make sure it is with a sober ride.
Nationwide, from Black Friday through the winter holidays, the number of drunk driving car accidents rises and stays significantly above average.
In Pennsylvania, for example, there have been more than 420 fatal car accidents over the last 10 years on or around Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is according to a new study that analyzes the relationship between holidays and alcohol-related car accidents.
During the time studied, 30% of Pennsylvania’s deadly holiday-related crashes involved alcohol. In almost 50%, speed was also a factor.
Pennsylvania Holiday Travel & Alcohol
The study, “Christmas is more dangerous for drivers than Thanksgiving,” also noted that more fatal crashes are associated with Christmas than Thanksgiving. (No other winter holidays were analyzed in this study.)
Of the more than 400 deadly holiday crashes in Pennsylvania from 2010-2019, more than 265 of them happened around Christmas.
The state tracks holiday-related crashes, too. While they do spike around winter holidays, in Pennsylvania, 2019, the holidays associated with the most alcohol-involved car crashes are:
- Post-Memorial Day (had the most alcohol-related crash fatalities - 8 deaths)
- Pre-Thanksgiving (had the most alcohol-involved crashes – 124 accidents)
Staying Safe This Holiday Season
To stay safe on city streets this holiday season, Philadelphia city officials make these recommendations:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you decide to drink, designate a sober driver, or arrange for alternative transportation like a rideshare, Uber, Lyft, taxi, or public transportation (SEPTA).
- Stay sober. If you are the designated driver, stay sober and do not allow impaired people to operate motor vehicles.
- Wear a seatbelt.
- Do not drive distracted
The city has also identified some crash hotspots – where serious and fatal car crashes tend to cluster. Neighborhoods that include crash hotspots, and where extra caution should be taken by drivers, include:
- North, South and Center city
- Juniata Park
Philadelphia also tracks the city’s “high injury network,” otherwise known as the 12% of city streets where 80% of bad car accidents happen. City streets where the most accidents occurred in 2019 include: Broad Street, Bustleton Avenue, Erie Avenue, Hunting Park Avenue, Kelly Drive, and Roosevelt Boulevard.
Like many cities across the U.S., Philadelphia and other urban areas in Pennsylvania are experiencing an increase in serious and fatal car accidents. Even without the pandemic-associated spike in crashes, the five-year trend has been toward more accidents, according to Philadelphia’s Vision Zero annual report. Vision Zero is a national campaign where cities and states commit to making changes to reduce serious car accidents.
Philadelphia safety advocates, community leaders, and officials have put a lot of effort into making streets safe for all users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, etc.
Improvements have been made to streets and bike trails, but more must be done.
Hit by a Drunk Driver in Philly? Learn Your Legal Options
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused by a drunk driver, contact The Hanamirian Firm, P.C. for a free case consultation. We know how to build strong cases and can fight for the compensation you deserve.
Don’t delay. Contact us today to see how an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney can help you.