Helpful Tips for Avoiding a Drunk Driving Accident
Although drunk driving is a leading cause of auto accidents throughout the year, the number of impaired driving crashes significantly increases during the holiday season, both in Georgia and across the United States. Drugged driving is a factor in 18% of fatal crashes, while drunk driving accounts for 31% of traffic fatalities.
When you plan a Halloween party, you think of it as a time for friends to get together and have a little fun. Yet, these celebrations are one of the reasons for the increase in impaired accidents during the holiday season. You can help prevent drunk driving accidents with the following tips from our Atlanta personal injury lawyers.
If You Are Going to a Halloween Party:
- Designate a sober driver before heading out to the party.
- Have a back-up plan in case your designated driver decides to drink.
- Set limits beforehand for the number of drinks to have and stick with it.
- Pace yourself – try to allow at least one hour between alcoholic drinks.
- Alternate drinking alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Eat food while drinking – it may slow the absorption of alcohol.
- Never mix alcohol with medications or recreational drugs.
- Never ride with someone who is impaired – call an Uber instead.
If You Are Hosting a Halloween Party:
- Plan ahead for guests who are too impaired to drive.
- Collect guests’ keys when they arrive and put them in a basket.
- Do not serve alcohol to anyone who is under the age of 21.
- Serve food and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
- Offer special alcohol-free drinks for designated drivers.
- Close the bar an hour before the party ends.
- Call an Uber for anyone who needs help getting home.
Understanding the True Cost of a Drunk Driving Accident
The costs associated with a drunk driving accident can add up quickly. From medical bills to lost wages, the financial impact is a burden for families as they look to heal. Drunk driving, or driving with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher, occurs with a disturbing frequency. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is one impaired driver for every 140 miles of road driven.
Historical data shows that drunk drivers were responsible for over two million accidents. These crashes killed nearly 14,000 people and injured over 450,000. The numbers are staggering, as are the costs of recovery. The NHTSA reports that alcohol-related accidents cost the U.S. approximately $115 billion in 2000, including over $50 billion in monetary costs and over $60 billion in quality of life losses.
The average alcohol-related fatality was estimated to total $3.5 million in combined quality of life losses and monetary losses. The costs for those injured in alcohol-related crashes averaged nearly $100,000. These numbers illustrate the staggering losses caused by impaired driving. If you or a loved one has been injured by an impaired driver, call an Atlanta car accident attorney at Kaufman Law, P.C.
If you or someone you love is injured by a drunk driver, you deserve justice and accountability. Contact Kaufman Law, P.C. to schedule a free consultation!