Labor Day is the perfect time to enjoy some late-season summer fun with friends and family. Unfortunately, drunk driving rates spike over the long weekend.
According to research from the National Safety Council, an average of 389 people died in traffic accidents over the Labor Day period during the years 2008 to 2013. Many of these collisions involved drunk drivers.
It's no secret that the best way to avoid a drunk driving crash is not to drink and drive. However, you cannot expect other motorists to be responsible. Keep your distance if you notice these signs of intoxication:
● Driving too fast for the conditions;
● Weaving or swerving;
● Following too closely;
● Braking suddenly or erratically;
● Or striking the curb or other vehicles.
If you or someone you loved is injured in a drunk driving crash over Labor Day weekend, contact The Finnell Firm. An Atlanta personal-injury attorney will help you pursue the maximum compensation for lost income, medical bills and noneconomic damages.
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What Should I Do If I Notice a Drunk Driver?
Many people do not know what they should do if they suspect another motorist is intoxicated. However, if a driver is behaving recklessly, endangering others and displaying obvious signs of inebriation, keep these tips in mind:
1. Do Not Try to Stop the Driver
You might feel it would be in everyone's best interests to stop the driver from travelling any farther, or to signal him or her to pull over. However, this is unsafe. You might distract the driver, which is particularly dangerous when a motorist is drunk.
2. Take Notes
Following at a safe distance, make a note of the vehicle's make, model and color, as well as the license plate tag. It is important, however, that you do not become so distracted that you compromise your own safety.
3. Call the Police
Once you have all the details, pull over at a safe location and call 911. This is not an overreaction; you could be saving that driver's life or the lives of other road users.
How to Prevent Friends from Driving Drunk
It's not always easy to be the designated driver on holiday weekends, and it can be even harder to stop friends from driving drunk. Mothers Against Drunk Driving recommends that you intervene by:
· Taking a non-confrontational approach;
· Arranging alternative transportation or offering a place to stay the night;
· Asking another friend to help you convince your loved one not to drive;
· And, if necessary, taking your friend's keys.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Georgia, contact an Atlanta personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is a car accident lawyer who has successfully represented clients in cases involving drunk driving crashes, medical product liability, workers' compensation, catastrophic injuries, and other types of accidents. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.