The holidays are supposed to be a time filled with joy and laughter. However, they can be devastating for many families, because of accidents involving drunk drivers.

According to a recent article, alcohol is involved in almost half of all car accident fatalities between Christmas and New Year’s. This is over 10 percent higher than other weeks in the year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

There are more alcohol-related traffic deaths per day around the holidays as well. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an average of 35 deaths involving drunk drivers per day in the United States. However, the number increases to 45 deaths around Christmas and 55 deaths around New Year’s, which is an additional 10 to 20 deaths per day.

If you are planning on drinking this holiday season, take the following precautions to help keep yourself safe:

  1. Leave your car at home: While you might live close to your destination, leave your car at home if you know you will be drinking. You don’t want to be tempted to drive after you have had a few drinks.
  2. Plan a sober ride: Before you start drinking, ask a family member or friend if they can provide you a sober ride home. Make sure you ask someone who is reliable and will not start drinking throughout the night.
  3. Book a hotel: If you are attending a gathering that is a good distance from your house, consider booking a hotel. If you share a hotel room with your friends, it might be a similar price to paying for your own ride home. It will also be much cheaper than a DUI fine.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), almost 100 million people will travel by car this Christmas. Additionally, many of these people will attend gatherings involving alcohol. It can become easy to find yourself in a dangerous situation. If you or a loved one suffer injuries in a car accident  this holiday, speak with an attorney to help get the compensation you deserve.