In recent years, our Arkansas car accident attorneys never fail to note the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warnings about higher accident and fatality rates surrounding holidays.
By far, the largest contributing factor to increased auto accident statistics around holidays – particularly party-friendly holidays like St. Patrick’s Day – is drunk and impaired driving.
While New Year’s Eve and Independence Day have the highest number of alcohol-related car crashes, St. Patrick’s Day remains one of the most dangerous days to drive of the year.
Making matters worse: St. Patrick’s Day events often extend the celebration, and the need for caution, for several days before and after March 17. This is especially true in years like this one, when the holiday falls in the middle of the workweek.
Drivers should know that by planning ahead and behaving responsibly, you could prevent a life-altering Arkansas auto accident.
Here are five tips for a safer St. Patrick’s Day:
- Whether you are planning to join friends at a pub or bar, attend a party, or enjoy a civic festival or parade, plan ahead for how you will get home. Designate a sober driver ahead of time, or plan to call a cab or take public transportation.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol too quickly, and be sure to eat plenty of food and drink water as well.
- Look out for friends who may have had too much to drink as well. Don’t let anyone you care about get behind the wheel while intoxicated.
- Find out about ride share programs or free public transportation that may be available for the holiday.
- Even if you have taken all the precautions for you and your friends, be cautious of other drivers. Take extra precautions and give yourself extra time. Always wear your seat belt, and make sure everyone else in the car does so too.
With smart sense and good old Irish luck, your St. Patrick’s Day celebration is bound to be great.
But if your celebration is cut short by a car accident, the Little Rock, Arkansas-area auto accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Alan LeVar can help. You can contact our offices online, or call us to schedule a free consultation at (888) 220-7068.