St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps the country’s most popular drinking holiday. Experts estimate that 13 million pints of Guinness stout will be consumed in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, approximately $5.3 billion is expected to be spent on beer alone this Saturday. While celebrating your Irish heritage may be fun, it can also be dangerous. Drivers are more likely to drive drunk on St. Patrick’s Day than almost any other day during the year. As a result, the number of fatal accidents that happen in Los Angeles tends to spike on the Irish holiday.
This St. Patrick’s Day, it is important to understand that the roads will be dangerous. The attorneys at Citywide Law Group a few suggestions to help keep you safe this holiday. Keep these tips in mind to reduce the risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident. If you are struck and injured by a drunk driver, contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney immediately for help.
Celebrate During the Day
Who says that you have to go out to a pub or bar to have a good time? Keeping your celebrations limited to daylight hours can minimize your risk of being injured in a crash. Most drunk driving accidents, especially those on St. Patrick’s Day, occur after dark. Go out for an Irish breakfast, take in a local parade, or visit some museums to take in Irish culture. You can always cap off your day of celebrating with a late lunch or an early dinner, making it home before the roads become too dangerous.
Throw Your Own Party
Just because you celebrate during the day doesn’t’ mean the festivities have to end once you’re home. Talk to your friends and family about throwing an Irish-themed party from the comfort of your own home. Whether you want to cook a traditional Irish dinner or host a festive potluck, you will most certainly be safer inside your home. Encourage friends to take public transportation or an Uber to your party. This way you can be sure that they won’t get behind the wheel after having a few Irish whiskeys at your party.
Plan Out Your Evening
If you’re set on going out to dinner or participating in a pub crawl, make sure that you have a plan in place for the evening. Know how you’ll be getting to your destination and how you’ll be getting home. If you plan on drinking, talk to your friends about designating a sober driver. You always have the option of taking a cab, calling an Uber, or grabbing a seat on the bus. While you will still be out on the road, you will reduce the risk of an accident by letting someone who is sober take the wheel. The roads will be less dangerous if St. Patrick’s Day celebrators choose to let someone else drive. Having a plan in place will help to make sure that you make smart decisions.
Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
Sometimes driving is just easier. If you are certain that you will be driving on St. Patrick’s Day, the best option is to avoid alcohol altogether. If you are intent on drinking it is important to know your limits and have a plan. Make sure that all alcohol is paired with food, place a strict limit on the number of drinks you consume, and wait a few hours before you get behind the wheel. Police will be out in full force on St. Patrick’s Day evening to catch anyone who is drunk behind the wheel. As far as police are concerned, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you are even slightly under the influence while driving your reactions and reflexes will be muted. This will increase the chances of getting into an accident. Even if you are not fully to blame for an accident, your own negligence can reduce the amount of compensation you can recover.
Call an Experienced Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney for Help
Even if you take every precaution to avoid an accident, there is still a chance that you will be injured in an unexpected crash. If this happens, and another person is to blame, you may be able to recover monetary damages. Contact the experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys at Citywide Law Group to learn about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim for damages. We can help you recover the money you need after your St. Patrick’s Day accident.