On March 17th, millions of people around the country will recognize St. Patrick’s Day by eating corned beef and cabbage, attending parades featuring bagpipers and floats, and generally celebrating Irish culture and heritage. In addition, like any other celebration in the United States, St. Patrick’s Day parties often involve the consumption of alcohol, particularly those with Irish roots such as Guinness and various brands of Irish Whiskey.
According to the International Business Times,1 Chicago has the 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country and over one million people attend the parade. While dyeing the Chicago River green and celebrating the “Apostle of Ireland” may seem like harmless fun, the reality is that St. Patrick’s Day can result in significantly more drunk drivers on the road than on other days, putting all of us at risk.
Here are some of the ways you can reduce your risk of involvement in an accident caused by a drunk driver this St. Patrick’s Day.
- While not feasible for everyone, staying off of the roads is the most effective way to make sure you are not involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Work from home if you can, and put errands off for another day.
- Avoid areas around large celebrations.
- If you see a vehicle driving erratically, make sure to put plenty of space between you and the other driver and call your local law enforcement agency.
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident with a driver, you suspect is under the influence, make sure to have law enforcement respond to the scene of the accident. When police respond to the scene, if they share your suspicions, they will conduct sobriety testing to gather evidence of intoxication. In many cases, the fact that a driver was under drunk will be sufficient to establish liability,2 making it almost certain that you will be entitled to compensation for any losses you sustained because of the accident.
Contact a Chicago Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Options
The lawyers of Abels & Annes, P.C. are committed to protecting the rights of individuals who have been hurt in accidents by impaired drivers. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 312-924-7575 or contact us online.