Super Bowl Sunday is all about great food, exciting football and quality time with friends and family. Unfortunately, the festivities will end in tragedy for hundreds of Americans who are involved in drunk-driving accidents.
According to Snopes, crash rates increase by 41 percent in the hours that follow the Big Game. The most dangerous time to drive is the hour immediately after the Super Bowl, when collision rates spike by 70 percent.
Whether you intend to drink or stay sober, it is important that you are proactive about accident prevention. One of the most effective – and often overlooked – strategies for reducing the accident rate is to intervene when friends attempt to drive under the influence.
Unfortunately, no matter how responsible you are, you will be taking a risk if you are on the road on Super Bowl Sunday. If you are injured by a drunk or negligent driver, contact Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates.
An injury lawyer in San Diego will help you pursue justice and compensation from the at-fault motorist. Call 855-290-8080 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about personal-injury lawsuits in California by visiting USAttorneys.com.
6 Tips to Remember When Preventing a Friend from Driving Drunk
Despite awareness campaigns that advertise the dangers of drunk driving, an alarming number of motorists still choose to consume alcohol before getting behind the wheel. According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, more than 29 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol in 2012.
Many drivers believe they can operate a vehicle safely if they moderate their alcohol consumption, but all it takes is one drink too many to cause a deadly crash. If your friend attempts to drive under the influence, follow these six steps to intervene:
- Recommend alternative ways for your friend to travel such as a taxi or rideshare service;
- Remind your friend that you are only concerned about his or her safety;
- If you are at someone’s house, find out if your friend can stay the night;
- If your friend still insists on driving, then ask someone to help you intervene;
- Get the person’s keys; and
- If all else fails, contact the police. Getting a DUI is better than dying or killing another person.
Unfortunately, not everyone is proactive about accident prevention. If you are injured by a drunk, distracted or negligent driver on Super Bowl Sunday, contact Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates.
A San Diego injury lawyer will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages. Our car accident attorneys have recovered more than $150 million for our clients in successful settlements and verdicts.
Jeffrey E. Estes and Alton J. Smith have been litigating personal injury cases on behalf of California residents for nearly 30 years. Call 855-290-8080 to schedule a free initial consultation.