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San Diego Accident Attorneys Call for Safe St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday here in San Diego and around the country. However, many of these celebrations include alcohol, which can lead to a dangerous situation on our roadways.

As San Diego accident lawyers, we are concerned. Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2009 to 2013, 276 lives were lost in drunk-driving accidents. In 2014 alone, 29 people (28 percent of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.

With this in mind, below are several safety tips for those attending a St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.
  • Find out if your community has a sober ride program and take advantage of it.
  • Never let friends drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.
  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against drunk drivers.

Pedestrians are also at risk, particularly in high-traffic areas. If you are walking home from a restaurant or bar, keep an eye out for vehicles.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a drunk-driving accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation. After a serious crash, we can advocate on your behalf to help hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions and seek the compensation you deserve.