Look at the drinking and driving accident records of almost any county in the country and you will find, year after year, a rise in DUI-related crashes around each national holiday. It seems that as people revel with friends and family, the ability to keep track of how many glasses of wine they have had diminishes. By the end of the day, this puts more intoxicated drivers behind the wheel and on the road than usual.
With Thanksgiving coming up fast, keep these tips in mind to help prevent and avoid DUI-related accidents:
- Bowl of keys: A tried and true method of keeping party guests and holiday revelers out of their cars if they are drunk is requiring everyone to drop their keys into a bowl when they arrive. When someone wants to go home, they speak to a sober individual in charge of the bowl of keys – perhaps a designated driver – and who determines if they are safe to drive.
- Following distance: Drunk drivers tend to make erratic movements when behind the wheel, such as swerving or unnecessary hard-braking events. Increase your following distance on the way home from a holiday party to about 5 seconds, instead of the usual 3 or 4, just in case the person in front of you has overindulged. Not to mention that if you live in an area where snow or ice could be on the roads, increasing your following distance is the smart choice anyway.
- Call the police: You are not supposed to use your phone while driving, unless it is an emergency or to report a criminal offender to the police. If you see another driver on the road swerving, speeding, or generally showing signs of intoxication, try to get as much information about the vehicle as you can, pull over to where it is safe, and call the police. They will want to know license plate, make and model, color, and the direction the vehicle is heading and on what road.
What to Do If You’re Hit by a Drunk Holiday Driver
If you are struck by an intoxicated motorist over the upcoming holiday weekend, the first thing you should do is notify the authorities. Next, you need their identifying and insurance information. After that is gathered, you should call the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. for legal assistance. Our Worcester personal injury attorney can help you build and file a claim that pursues the maximum recovery amount possible.