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Hurt by a drunk driver on 'Blackout Wednesday'?

As you head "over the river and through the woods" this year to your family's Thanksgiving celebration, you probably give little thought to the fact that this holiday is the riskiest time of year for drunk drivers to be on the road.

It's actually Thanksgiving Eve that gets the bad rap, as there are more drunk driving fatalities on that day than on New Year's Eve, the 4th of July and Memorial Day. It even has the nickname of "Blackout Wednesday."

So why is this seemingly innocuous day and evening such a drunk driving hazard? There's a few reasons. Consider that there will be plenty of travelers out on the highways rushing to get home for the celebratory meal with friends and family the next day. Factor in that this is an extended four-day holiday weekend filled with revelry, and toss in mix all of the college students and recent grads who will be back on their old stomping grounds with plenty of old friends hoisting mugs and glasses in their honor.

That's a recipe for a heady brew of disaster when all the above combine into a drunk driving disaster that can leave victims maimed or even killed.

Even the increased law enforcement patrols and Mothers Against Drunk Driving campaigns may be insufficient to stem the tide of collisions due to alcohol impairment on this holiday. Even those who aren't dining with family aren't immune, as the separation or estrangement from loved ones can be enough of a stressor to cause them to reach for the bottle to alleviate the holiday blues.

If you wind up injured due to a drunk driver's negligence over your Thanksgiving holiday, don't take the law into your own hands. The North Carolina civil court system is the venue to seek justice and reparation for your injuries and losses.

Source: Huffington Post, "Thanksgiving Weekend Can Be Very Deadly," Kevin Price, accessed Nov. 11, 2016

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