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St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Accidents

The McClellan Law Firm

When the luck o' the Irish isn't with you...

St. Patrick's Day is a time of merriment for many people. A time to wear green and drink green beer at the bars. Yet, when it is time to go home, too many people choose to drive themselves, even though they have had "one too many" drinks.

More than 100 people are killed on U.S. roads every year on St. Patrick's Day, many by drunk drivers. Drivers are 21 percent more likely to get in a drunk driving crash on St. Patty's Day than on a normal weekend day. Many of these drivers are safe drivers who are the victims of someone else's poor decision. What should be a fun, celebratory night turns into a nightmare.

So what can you do to keep the luck o' the Irish with you this St. Patty's Day? First, if you plan on drinking, plan a sober ride home. If you are hosting a St. Patrick's Day party, consider taking your guests' keys from them and only returning them to sober drivers. Do not serve any more alcohol to visibly drunk partiers and make sure to serve plenty of food with your drinks.

If you are on the roads, watch out for drunk drivers. Keep a safe distance between you and the cars in front of you so that you can make evasive measures if you must. Pay special attention to what other drivers do at intersections and wait an extra few seconds before accelerating at a green light. If you see a driver driving erratically, call the police. By doing so, you may even save a life.

Unfortunately, safe drivers can take every safety precaution and still be the victim of a drunk driver accident. If you are injured by drunk driving on St. Patrick's Day or during St. Patrick's Day weekend, you should first call the police and get medical help. Then, contact an attorney.