Friday, February 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day is a Popular Time for Drunk Driving

St. Patrick’s day is that one day each year that we all get to add an O’ to our last name and become honorarily Irish. However, with the fun, the parades, and the green beer come complications and risks, including the inevitable drunk drivers that may be on the roads. Not only is drunk driving illegal1 but it presents a particularly serious risk of injury, and one report indicates that drunk drivers killed a person in the U.S. every 51 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day in recent years.2 Keep the luck of the Irish close and avoid drunk driving accidents on St. Patty’s Day whenever possible.

Drinking and Driving – Always a Bad Combination

The dangers of drinking and driving are well established, but sometimes the excitement of the festivities can get the better of you and affect your judgment. Your best course of action to remain safe is to keep your wits about you and avoid getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol. However, even if you are as careful as you can possibly be, there will always be other people making potentially dangerous decisions that you cannot control. Be encouraging for friends and family members to make safe choices, as well, and keep an eye out for any drivers who seem like they may be intoxicated.

Your Lucky Driving Charms

St. Patrick’s Day is actually one of the most dangerous holidays for drivers. Deceptively, it’s a day just like any other – with all the traffic of a normal day – but it also happens to include a great deal of celebrating and revelry. This year it falls on a Friday, which tends to amp up the no-holds-barred party attitude considerably. There are several safety techniques you can employ when planning your festivities:

  • Avoid driving altogether by celebrating at home with your family;
  • Choose a designated driver – or offer to be one yourself;
  • Make sure that everyone in your vehicle is buckled up;
  • Eat your corned beef and cabbage (don’t drink even a small amount on an empty stomach);
  • Help your friends make safe decisions, too; and
  • If you are the designated driver, employ all of your best defensive driving techniques – it’s likely that you are sharing the road with impaired drivers.

It is important to remember that you should always take your driving responsibilities very seriously and this is never truer than on a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. If you or someone you care about gets involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver on St. Patrick’s Day – or any day – first seek immediate medical attention and then call an experienced drunk driving accident attorney to learn about your legal rights.

Contact an Experienced Car Accident Attorney in Clearwater Today

If you or your loved one is the victim of an accident caused by a drunk or impaired driver in the Clearwater area, do not hesitate to call Dolman Law Group to discuss what happened. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys are committed to holding drunk drivers and other negligent parties fully liable for their actions and for your losses. Call Dolman Law Group a call today at 727-451-6900 or contact us online.

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Clearwater, FL 33765