St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching, and we want you to stay safe! This festive holiday is known for its green beer and festivities, but it can turn deadly if someone takes the wheel after drinking. Here are four ways you can stay safe on St. Patrick’s Day:
1. Serve as the Designated Driver
A designated driver is a person who chooses not to drink so he or she can drive friends or family members home who may not be fit to drive. Buzzed or drunk driving often causes delayed reaction times, poor decision-making skills, and failure to obey road laws. Being a designated driver can save lives, as you are not allowing others to drive while intoxicated. Ask everyone in the vehicle to wear a seat belt, as well.
2. Opt for Highways Versus Back Roads
Back roads are notorious for twists, turns, and two-lane roads. Even if you are the designated driver and are focusing on the road, another drunk driver could be driving on a rural road and hit your vehicle. If possible, drive on four-lane highways, as these are normally brightly lit and straight roads. Always drive the speed limit.
3. Avoid Traveling After Midnight
If possible, wrap up the evening well before midnight to avoid driving with those who are heading home late from restaurants or bars. The darker and later it gets adds unnecessary risk to your travels. Ditch the dark completely by enjoying St. Patrick’s Day festivities for lunch!
4. Don’t Drive if You Feel Fatigued
Did you know that fatigue is one of the major culprits of car accidents any day of the year? Fatigue can cause you to lose focus on the road and drift into a semi-awake state. When you’re half asleep, you cannot make sharp decisions that result in timely reactions. Leave your St. Patrick’s Day get together before you feel fatigue setting in.
If you’re in a car accident, Kicklighter Law can help.
Whether you’re in a car accident on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year, the Kicklighter Law team can help you seek compensation for your injuries. From the moment we take your case, we start gathering information and putting together a plan to pursue the best possible result for you. Don’t hesitate to call us if you’ve been in a car accident: 912-754-6003