You’re always at risk of a drunk driving accident any time you get behind the wheel.
Whether it’s 3:00am, 3:00pm or morning rush hour, there’s always a chance there’s an irresponsible, drunk driver sharing the road with you – and that’s a scary thought.
But as we approach the upcoming holidays, it’s important to realize one thing: it can always get worse.
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times on U.S. roads, and if you thought you were in danger on any normal day of the week, just wait until Christmas and New Year’s roll around.
It’s pretty frightening, but according to statistics, a whopping 27,000 people will be injured in auto accidents and another 250 will die – many of these due to drunk driving.
Fortunately, there’s a silver lining to these shocking stats, and it’s this: Now that you’re aware of the dangerous holiday roads that exist, you can more easily prepare, make arrangements and stay safe as this year’s festive season quickly approaches.
How do you do that?
Here are some tips from our expert Dallas DWI lawyers themselves:
- Avoid driving on “party” nights. As you get further into December, more and more holiday parties will start cropping up. Generally, they’re scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but some companies will throw a gathering on a Thursday night, as well. If at all possible, avoid driving on these days – particularly between 8:00pm and 3:00am. This is most likely when partygoers will be leaving, getting in their cars and driving home. If they’re intoxicated, that’s when they’ll most be a danger to you and your passengers.
- Use public transportation. If your city has viable public transportation, use this to your advantage during the holidays. Take the bus home from your work Christmas party, use the subway to get back from happy hour, or ride the train if you’re out on New Year’s Eve or another dangerous night. Spend as little time behind the wheel as you can!
- Stay close to home. The more you’re on the road, the higher chance you have of getting in a wreck. Lower your chances by staying close to home. Invite family to your house for Christmas dinner, or go over to a neighbor’s to celebrate New Year’s. The less you drive (or even ride as a passenger) this season, the better off you’ll be.
- Know the signs. Always be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for signs of a possible drunk driver. Bobbing, weaving, and going way under the speed limit are all big red flags, and sudden stopping and starting can be one, too. When in doubt, give the car plenty of room, pull over, write down their license plate and location, and give the police a call. You’re always better off safe than sorry.
- Get your car checked out. There’s nothing more dangerous than being stranded on the side of the road, in the dark on New Year’s Eve. Take your car into your local mechanic, and get it fully evaluated before the holiday season hits. Make sure your tires are in good condition and your oil is changed. Be sure that you’re not at risk for stalling out or breaking down. This will help you more than you realize!
Are you worried about staying safe this holiday season? Just follow these tips, and if you’re ever hit, hurt or affected by a drunk driver – no matter what season it is – call the experienced Dallas DWI lawyers at Franklin Law Firm. We can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve for your suffering.