St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and since it's on a Friday this year, you can expect that more people than usual will be out celebrating. Even if you're planning on drinking responsibly, though, you cannot rely on others to do the same.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, collisions involving alcohol-impaired motorists caused more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014. This sobering statistic highlights the fact that drunk driving collisions often have devastating consequences, and when fatalities do not occur, serious injuries often do.
If you sustained debilitating injuries in a collision with an impaired motorist, a personal injury attorney from The Finnell Firm can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with an Atlanta accident lawyer today, and read on for a few safety tips this St. Patrick's Day:
1. Stay Put
According to the National Safety Council, impaired drivers are most likely to be on the road between midnight and 3 a.m. on the weekends, but a drunk driving accident can happen at any time. The only foolproof way to avoid such a collision is to stay off the road. Host a party at your house, and set up air mattresses for your friends so no one has to drive home until morning.
If you cannot accommodate all of your friends for the night, you can also book a hotel room within walking distance of wherever you plan on partying. If everyone pitches in, it will be fairly affordable--and it will definitely be less than the costs associated with getting in a collision.
2. Wear Your Seatbelt
Although wearing your seatbelt will not actually prevent a drunk driving collision, it will protect you in the event of one. At the end of the day, seatbelts save lives. In fact, the CDC reports that more than half of people aged 13 to 44 who died in collisions in 2014 were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.
3. Use Caution as a Pedestrian
When people think of drunk driving collisions, they usually picture one car crashing into another; however, impaired motorists can be so erratic that they drive onto the sidewalk and hit pedestrians, too. If you have to walk anywhere on St. Patrick's Day, use caution, and never assume that a motorist is going to stop for you.
4. Designate a Driver
If you frequently go out with the same group of friends, you can all take turns acting as designated driver so it's fair and everyone still gets home safely.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of the tips above, you may still end up in a collision with a drunk driver. If that's the case and you sustain serious injuries, an accident lawyer from The Finnell Firm can help.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with an Atlanta personal injury attorney. You can learn more about drunk driving accident claims in Georgia by visiting the USAttorneys website.