The holidays are upon us, and that means cold weather, gift shopping, Christmas parties, and unfortunately, drunk drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that drunk driving is more prevalent during the holidays than at any other time of year. In fact, there were 285 drunk driving-related fatalities in 2018 alone around Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Staying safe on the road during the holidays requires a two-pronged approach: making sure you don’t increase your own risks and the risks of others by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, and knowing how to spot and avoid potentially impaired drivers. Police and state troopers in and around Nashville always increase their enforcement around the holidays, but they can’t catch every driver who’s over the limit, making it essential for drivers to uphold their responsibilities to keep roads safe.
If you or someone you love are injured in a drunk driving-related crash this holiday season, the Nashville car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law want to help. We’ve assisted injured victims after accidents that weren’t their fault for many years, and we have the experience and resources to build strong claims that get big results. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can put our track record of success to work for you.
Tips for Getting Home Safely This Holiday Season
It’s no secret that alcohol is a common part of holiday gatherings, parties, and festivities. Family get-togethers and work celebrations alike often include beer, wine, and spirits, and it’s easy to go a little overboard and find yourself over the legal limit. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get home safely without putting yourself and others at risk. They include:
Above all else, never get behind the wheel when you’re impaired. Remember, in Tennessee the legal limit is 0.08% BAC, and the symptoms of intoxication are apparent among drivers long before they may feel drunk.
Stay Safe on the Road with These Tips
Worrying about how you’ll get home after get-togethers with alcohol is just one part of the equation when it comes to staying safe during the holidays. Other drivers also may be intoxicated, and knowing how to drive defensively to reduce your risks of a crash can go a long way towards improving your safety this Christmas and New Year’s.
While driving during the holidays, keep these tips in mind:
In addition to these tips, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of a crash. No matter how safe you are, there’s always a chance you’ll be involved in an accident, especially when drunk drivers are out and about. Be sure to always wear your seat belt, drive at or below the speed limit, and be ready to call 911 in the event of a crash.
We Help Injured Middle Tennesseans Get Compensation
There’s never a good time to be involved in a crash, but the holidays are particularly inconvenient. Not only are auto accidents painful, but they can also be expensive. If you were recently involved in a crash, you may need expensive medical treatments to get back on your feet, and you may be unable to work due to temporary or permanent disability.
Our lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation for what you’ve been through. Don’t pay out of pocket for an accident that wasn’t your fault. Let us calculate exactly how much you’re owed and fight to help you get it. Contact us today.