The holidays are the perfect time to reconnect with friends and family, enjoy delicious food, and take a break from the daily grind. But for thousands of Americans every year, the festive season is marred by tragedy due to drunk-driving accidents.
During New Year's and Christmas, about two to three times more people die in alcohol-related collisions than over comparable periods during the rest of the year. Although you cannot control the actions of other motorists, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in a drunk-driving crash. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Keep Your Distance from Drivers Who Appear Intoxicated
Sometimes it's impossible to tell another driver is drunk until they cause a crash and fail a breathalyzer test; other times, they exhibit clear signs of intoxication such as:
- Stopping far before or after a stop line;
- Braking for no reason;
- Making illegal turns;
- Nearly hitting an object in the road or the curb; or
- Drifting toward the centerline.
Look out for these behaviors when driving around Christmas, New Year’s, and other drinking holidays. Keep your distance from any drivers who you think might be impaired. If you believe a driver is an obvious danger to other motorists and pedestrians on the road, make a mental note of their vehicle make, model, color, and license plate tag. Then pull over to a safe place and contact the police.
- Avoid Driving at Risky Times
Nearly one-third of all drunk driving crashes occur on the weekend, and a disproportionately high number happen between midnight and 3 a.m. By staying off the road during these times, you will be less likely to fall victim to an impaired motorist.
- Avoid Driving While Intoxicated
Many people who would never drive while impaired make an exception over the holiday season, and they end up in the hospital as a result. The most effective way to reduce your risk of being involved in a drunk-driving accident is to stay sober if you intend to get behind the wheel.
Because alcohol can affect your judgement and decision-making, it’s important that you plan ahead so you are never tempted drive under the influence. Keep these tips in mind:
- Use a rideshare service or taxi if you plan to consume alcohol at your destination;
- If you drink at a friend or family member’s house, ask if you can stay the night beforehand;
- Limit your alcohol consumption to two drinks or fewer; or
- Host people at your house so you don’t have to drive.
Speak with a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Houston
If you or someone you love suffers an injury over the holiday season due to a drunk driver, turn to Chelsie King Garza, P.C. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
Chelsie Garza is a seasoned drunk driving accident lawyer who represents victims of personal injury and wrongful death in Houston and surrounding areas. She will evaluate your case for free and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed. Call 713-893-8808 or use our Contact Form to schedule a consultation.