Californians love to celebrate the Fourth of July with food, fun family, friends and fireworks, but all too often this holiday turns into a drunk driving mess. The fact of the matter, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year on our roadways.
Each year nearly 10,000 people die on the road due to drunk driving. In order to stop this deadly epidemic, cops are cracking down on drunk driving. And they'll see you before you see them, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that cold brews and icy drinks to together with the Fourth of July weekend just as much as fireworks do. Unfortunately, that's also why drunk driving car accidents are so common during this time, too. This is why we are taking the time to remind you of the risks and the possible consequences of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated over this holiday weekend.
In 2011, there were 9,878 fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher - 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year. The sad truth is that these accidents are more likely to occur during holiday weekends -- especially on the Fourth of July.
In the state of California, there were close to 2,800 people who were killed in traffic accidents in 2011. Of these fatalities, close to 900 of them were killed in alcohol-related car accidents. These fatalities accounted for about a third of all of the accident fatalities reported in the state during the year. And it's these accidents that are completely preventable.
If you'll be drinking over the holiday weekend, make sure you've found yourself a designated driver. If you find yourself without one of those, it's imperative that you find yourself an alternative (and sober) ride home. You should call a taxi, a friend or a family member to come pick you up. Don't rely on anyone else who has been drinking.
If you can't get a hold of anyone to come get you and you can't find the number to a taxi, try turning to public transportation.
And if that doesn't work, don't worry, you've still got other options.
No sober ride home? Find a safe place to stay. Grab a hotel room or stay at a friend or a family member's home. Whatever you do, you don't want to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Not only could you wind up in jail, but you would wind up in a fatal accident.
And don't forget to help your friends. If you see someone who has been drinking and has keys in their hand, get the keys from them and help them to find a safe and sober ride home. Your intervention could wind up saving lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, contact Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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