Around 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, several car crashes occurred in the Huntsville, Alabama area. It is more than likely that many of these crashes were caused by negligent drivers following a night of too much celebrating and too much drinking to ring in 2013. Reportedly, the worst of these likely-drunk driving crashes was a head-on collision that sent two individuals to the hospital, one of which is reported to be in critical condition following this serious wreck.
New Year's Eve is known to be a holiday in which alcohol is very often freely flowing. Huntsville Police stepped up patrols for drunk drivers, remaining on high alert, but this unfortunately did not deter all celebrants from choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after having too much to drink.
The circumstances surrounding each of these collisions remain to be seen and investigators will very likely run toxicology reports of all involved participants to screen for alcohol or drug presence. If it is found that the individual that caused the serious head-on collision, or any of the other multiple New Year's car accidents was drunk at the time of impact, that driver could be held financially liable for the damages.
A drunk driving accident is a clear sign of negligence. It should never happen. Particularly on major drinking holidays like earlier this week, individuals that choose to drink should make arrangements well in advance to stay well away from any opportunity to operate a vehicle. Failing to do so can result in loss of life or serious injury, criminal consequences and even a financially-draining civil lawsuit for negligent parties.
Source: 48 News, "Woman in critical condition after New Year's Day collision," Jan. 1, 2013