Along with all the seasonal fun, excitement, and cheer, there comes some pretty unfortunate statistics that many of us don’t think about amongst all the glitz, glitter, and glam of the holiday season. During the time span between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, two to three times more people die in an alcohol-related car accident. Looking at the numbers directly, an average of 1,200 people will be killed in an auto accident involving a drunk driver, while 25,000 will be injured over the same span of time. This means, 728 people a day will either lose their lives or be injured in an accident involving alcohol—all within a six-week span each year.
Those are not numbers that will leave you feeling in the holiday spirit like you should during this very special time of year. All you can do is prepare and take all means of precaution necessary to keep yourself and others safe on the road, so we all can have the happiest of holidays. Being the small, but mighty law practice that it is, Bush Law Firm wants to share our favorite tips for those of you planning to drink at a holiday party or gathering. If you’re deciding to cut loose one night, whether it’d be at your office bash or family get-together, take these pieces of advice with you:
Pick a Designated Driver Right Off-the-Bat.
Ah, one of the most common rules of keeping it safe during a night of drinking with a group of friends or family members. Elect a person or two to keep it sober for the event, and you’ll never have to worry about people shuffling off to different destinations...well, to keep it candid, when they probably shouldn’t. Your designated driver can make the rounds and drop-off people where they need to go once all is said and done.
Commit to Taking an Uber or Lyft.
If you don’t have a friend available to take you home, then do the next best thing and hail a ride through your Uber or Lyft apps. Now available in most areas, these two ride-share apps can get you home, or to your next destination in a pinch. Plus, unless it’s deemed a rush time, rides are fairly affordable and will sometimes even be discounted through the app. So, buckle up and let someone else take the wheel if you’re planning on drinking for the night.
Spend the Night at Your Destination.
If the party is at a private residence, and you cannot find a way to otherwise get home safely for the evening, plan ahead and bring a small duffle bag to your destination. Even if you don’t plan ahead, we’re sure your host has some extra PJs and a toothbrush to spare. Sure, it may not be the most ideal accommodations, but a good, ol’ fashioned sleepover is better than the alternative— you and/or another driver on the road injured (or worse) in an automobile accident caused by drunk driving.
If all else fails in securing a ride home or a place to stay for the evening, it might be best to not take any risks. Our suggestion? Take it easy for the night! Whether you decide to take the night off from drinking or to pace yourself, it’s possible to have a good time with a limited amount of alcohol or none at all!
Keep the road a safe place for all drivers this holiday season! However, if you are involved in an alcohol-related accident over the holidays, our team at Bush Law Firm can help. We understand that precaution can only take you so far in life, and sometimes, the worst-case scenario happens—just know that you aren’t alone! As a highly competent team of legal professionals, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial damages that can result from a car accident involving alcohol.
Visit our brand-new website and learn how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve during this tough and trying time.