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San Jose car accident lawyerAs you are probably aware, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. According to some sources, the day originally got its somber sounding name from the trouble created by masses of shoppers on the day that is seen as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Over time, retailers have reclaimed the name, as, in many ledger books, black ink is associated with profit while red ink is used to denote losses.

In recent years, however, the day before Thanksgiving has started to earn a similarly dark name, but for an altogether different reason. Blackout Wednesday, as it has come to be known, is thought to be the busiest drinking night of the entire year, leading to thousands of drunk driving car accidents as revelers try to get home.

Why This Wednesday?

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San Jose car accident lawyerDrunk driving accidents can be extremely serious. Those who drive while intoxicated can cause severe injuries to themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. In California, drunk drivers can be held legally responsible for paying financial damages to their victims in order to compensate them for their injuries.

California’s Legal Limit

Driving while intoxicated is a criminal offense in California. The state’s DUI statute provides that those who drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher can be charged with driving under the influence. For drivers of commercial vehicles, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is 0.04 percent, and for drivers under the age of 21, the legal limit is 0.05 percent. Additionally, driving while impaired by any drug can lead to a DUI charge.

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blackout wednesday, drunk driving accident, San Jose Car Accident AttorneyAs you and your loved ones get together this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, there is likely to be a vibrant discussion of plans to take advantage well-publicized sales the next day. For some, the shopping may even begin Thanksgiving night. The retail event known as Black Friday has been a part of American culture for many years now, however its bookend counterpart on the opposite side of Thanksgiving is quickly developing a reputation of its own, but for vastly different reasons. The day once innocently called Thanksgiving Eve by those anticipating the next day’s celebration, has become known as Blackout Wednesday to bartenders and law enforcement, and hospitals around the country are preparing for a marked increase in drunk-driving injuries and deaths. If Black Friday represents consumer indulgence, Blackout Wednesday is synonymous with overindulgence, but with much higher stakes.

Contributing Factors

There are number of reasons that the day before Thanksgiving has become one of the year’s busiest nights for bars and clubs. Among college students and recent graduates, many are able to make it home for the long weekend, taking at least one night to meet up with classmates and friends who have all gone their separate ways. Established professionals, likewise, are often off work early on that day and do not have to work Thanksgiving, so a happy hour beer can quickly turn into a full night out. Many also look forward to a big meal the next day, hopefully one that will provide relief from the inevitable hangover.

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