After years of analysis and gathering Georgia drunk driving statistics, law enforcement and public safety organizations have determined that time is an important factor in the occurrence of drunk driving accidents. It’s not only the hour of day, but also the time of year that we see patterns in the frequency of these often deadly accidents.

Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration show that most alcohol-related fatal accidents in 2009 occurred between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. Of the 309 reported fatal DUIs in Georgia, 80 took place during these early morning hours. The next-highest period of crash likelihood was between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight, with 66 fatalities.

The time of year is also an important factor in drunk driving statistics. Historically, the frequency of deadly drunk driver crashes occur during holiday weekends where there is a higher rate of traffic and more opportunities in which drivers are served alcohol and have to travel afterward. Some of the deadliest holiday times of the year include: 

  • Labor Day Weekend;
  • Memorial Day Weekend;
  • 4th of July; and
  • New Year’s Eve. 


A serious or fatal accident with a drunk driver can occur at any time of day at any time of year, which is why you should always be observant of other drivers’ behavior when sharing the roads. Watch for signs of an intoxicated driver to help avoid a deadly accident and prevent your family from becoming a part of the Georgia drunk driving statistics

Contact an Atlanta Accident Lawyer

After a serious or fatal car accident you and your family may be dealing with the grief of serious injury, loss of a loved one, and financial burdens. During this difficult time it’s easy to get frustrated with your situation – you didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!

At The Law Offices of Shane Smith we help accident victims seek justice after they’ve suffered injury and losses due to negligent drivers. We have helped victims in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with cases of accidents caused by drunk drivers, negligent truck drivers, and accidents resulting in serious or fatal injury.

Before making the decision to hire a lawyer, request a copy of our FREE eBooks, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? and 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case. Our guides contain valuable information on how to handle filing a claim for serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a negligent driver. When you’re ready to get started on your claim, contact us to set up a FREE consultation – 1-770-487-8999.

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