How Can You Avoid a Drunk Driver?Written on July 12, 2016
In the Metro Atlanta area and Cobb Country, we know all too well that some times are worse than others to be out on the road. Accidents are more common during the stress of rush hour, the “tired” hours of the night, and when the weather turns foul. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving on holidays and especially during the summer months carries an additional risk: more impaired drivers. July, August, and September, respectively, are the three deadliest months of the year for DUI-related fatalities, and period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been termed the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
The single most dangerous day of the year (July 4) is behind us for now, but alcohol-related crashes and deaths spike over the Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving periods, as well as holidays like St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. As far as days of the week are concerned, Saturday sees the most drunk drivers on the road, contributing to the 31% of fatal DUI accidents that occur on weekends overall.
The danger of alcohol in such circumstances is not even exclusive to drivers and their passengers. Across the United States, tens of thousands of pedestrians are injured annually when drivers lose control of their automobiles. Boating too has an analogous offense (BUI), with a recent Atlanta case involving severe lacerations to a passenger thrown under the vessel’s propeller.
Take precautions to safeguard your loved ones! Avoid peak hours for drivers under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances, talk with your teens about safe driving habits, and keep an eye out for unusual behavior on the road.
If you or a loved one is injured by an impaired driver, seek medical assistance immediately. Anyone reporting sharp pain their neck, back or shoulders should take care to keep it immobile until evaluated by a medical professional. Call law enforcement and document injuries and damage photographically, if possible. Report the auto accident to your insurance company and keep a record of all treatments, bills, and other losses incurred. Finally, contact The Silverbach Group to have our skilled legal team review your case. Don’t suffer from an injury in silence.