Independence Day is right around the corner, and millions of Americans will be coming together to celebrate the birth of our nation. While everyone wants to relax and enjoy the holiday with comradery, it’s incredibly important to remember that safety is always the number one priority.
Statistics show that the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to drunk-driving crashes. In fact, 40% of all car accident fatalities in 2018 were caused by an alcohol-impaired driver.
Whether you are traveling on the road this holiday or simply making a run to the store, here are a few signs of drunk driving to look out for:
Driving in the wrong lane
Driving far below the speed limit
Not using headlights
Not obeying traffic laws
Tailgating other drivers
Not moving from a stop sign or red light
“Hugging” the center divider
If you believe that there is a drunk driver on the road, steer clear of the vehicle for your own safety. Contact local police enforcement immediately so that they can help the vehicle off the road as soon as possible. Even if the driver is not intoxicated, engaging in these driving behaviors is dangerous for everyone on the road.
Preventing Drunk Driving Accidents
If you know that you’ll be at a Fourth of July party of celebration involving alcohol, make plans ahead of time in order to prevent getting behind the wheel after drinking. You can:
Designate a sober driver
Call a rideshare vehicle or taxi cab
Use public transportation
Plan to stay the night if it’s at the home of someone you trust
Even if you’ve only had one or two drinks, it’s better to be safe than risk your safety and that of everyone else. Remember that if you feel differently, you drive differently.
If you or a loved one is injured in a drunk driving accident during this time, The Edwards Law Firm is here to provide you with effective, experienced, and caring legal counsel. We are here to fight for your maximum compensation so you can focus on your recovery.