What should I know about drunk driving accidents on the Fourth of July?

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Even though driving under the influence (DUI) is dangerous and downright illegal, many drivers still make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. In today’s society, there are plenty of safe options for individuals to get home, such as designated sober drivers, public transportation, and ridesharing services. Therefore, drunk driving is entirely preventable and should never happen. Sadly, many drivers still endanger themselves and others by operating their vehicles while intoxicated. The Fourth of July is a hazardous holiday for motorists to be on the road as there is an increased chance of auto accidents, particularly those involving drunk driving, as many celebrations involve consuming alcoholic beverages. If you have been injured in an accident because of a drunk driver, contact a seasoned New York City Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer who can help you fight for the justice you deserve. 

Why is the Fourth of July one of the deadliest holidays for auto accidents?

During the Fourth of July holiday, more drivers are on the road than usual as they travel long distances to attend celebrations. These celebrations often involve barbeques, fireworks, swimming, and drinking. According to research, more alcohol is purchased on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year. During this holiday, many people enjoy knocking back a few drinks with their friends and family to celebrate the birth of our nation. However, alcohol hinders one’s decision-making abilities, which causes individuals to make the reckless decision of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. With an increased number of people on the road and celebrations involving drinking, drunk driving accidents are more likely to occur on the Fourth of July.

What should I do if a drunk driver hits me?

Following an accident, if you believe the other driver was operating their vehicle while intoxicated, you must call the police immediately. This step will preserve critical evidence to help with fault allocation later on and prevent them from continuing to drive on the road while intoxicated. It is essential to note that establishing liability plays a vital role in your ability to recover monetary compensation for your damages.

Once the police arrive at the scene, they will redirect traffic, treat your injuries, and investigate the cause of the collision. To determine a person’s blood alcohol concentration, the police will require the driver to perform a field sobriety test and provide a chemical test. If drivers blow above the legal limit of 0.08%, they are guilty of driving under the influence. These tests can help you prove that the other driver is negligent as they violated a law, causing the collision. These steps will help you establish your claim that your damages were caused as a direct result of the other driver’s negligent actions.

If you have been injured in an accident due to a drunk driver, contact the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today. Our firm is committed to helping our clients hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence. Allow our firm to represent your interests so we can help you seek reasonable compensation for your damages.

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