Driving under the influence puts you and others at risk of injury in a car accident.
The holiday season is a time to enjoy gatherings with family and friends, but it’s also a time when some people drink too much alcohol and make the careless decision to drive.
To prevent drunk driving accidents, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has kicked off an “Operation Safe Holidays” initiative. The ABCC will beef up law enforcement efforts at bars across the Commonwealth until the end of 2022, according to a Mass.gov news release.
The ABCC reports that vigilant enforcement and deterring bar owners from over-serving can reduce the risk of a patron having too much to drink and causing a car accident.
The Massachusetts program is happening alongside the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Impaired Driving Crackdown.
“The RMV supports this enforcement work as safety on the roads is critical. Impairment impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. With December being National Drunk and Drugged Impaired Driving month, we encourage everyone attending holiday parties and social gatherings to have a plan for a designated driver or a rideshare service to bring them home. Be responsible and make the right decision to keep family, friends and other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists safe this holiday season,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie.
How to avoid drunk driving accidents this holiday season
As experienced drunk driving accident attorneys, our law firm knows that impaired drivers cause too many serious and fatal crashes—especially during the holidays. Law enforcement efforts such as Operations Safe Holidays can help to reduce accidents.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe and avoid drinking and driving during the holiday season:
- Choose a designated driver if you plan to go out and drink alcoholic beverages.
- Drink non-alcoholic beverages such as water or soft drinks if you intend to drive after a gathering.
- Call for a taxi or rideshare service if you have been drinking and need to get home.
- Don’t get into a car with someone who has been drinking.
What to do if you are hit by a drunk driver
About 30 percent of fatal car crashes are caused by drunk drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Such accidents can also lead to serious, debilitating injuries. If you were in an accident caused by a drunk driver, seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important to get checked by a doctor to diagnose and document any potential injuries.
After the accident, don’t talk to the other driver’s insurance company. They may use any statement you make against you in the claims process.
How a car accident lawyer can help
Drunk driving accidents can lead to complicated insurance claims, which is why you should consult an attorney to understand your rights and know your options. In addition, if a loved one died in an accident, you may need help pursuing a wrongful death claim.
Contact the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone for a free consultation. We help clients communicate with insurance companies to seek compensation for their losses and other related damages.
Don’t try to handle the insurance companies on your own. Let an experienced car accident attorney fight on your behalf. Remember, there is no obligation to contact us. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we win your case. Tell them you mean business!