St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Accidents

Posted By The McClellan Law Firm || Mar 15, 2013

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.

Blog Home


  • “Your appearance on the nation-wide broadcast of ‘60 Minutes’ was a public service in which all San Diego has reason to take great pride. To integrity—you have added public service and again elevated my opinion of the legal profession.”

    - Juror

  • “We wouldn’t be here, in this moment of life without the kindness and professionalism of you all and how you went to bat for us! Eternally grateful!”

    - A.K.

  • “Having had the high privilege of presiding over a number of cases involving national counsel, I want you to know you’re one of the very best [...]. You and those with you were outstanding ambassadors for our profession and once again made me most proud to be a part of our legal community.”

  • “Immediately after our interview we knew without question that no matter how steep the mountain, win or lose, we had found the right person—Craig McClellan, Esq.—[…] We felt a profound sense of peacefulness whenever we came into the office, and we knew that you were protecting our interests at all time.”

    - G.P.

  • “It was a real honor to preside over a case with you as counsel. In my mind you represent all that is good in our profession.”

    - Judge J.

View More

Our Awards & Accolades