The beginning of the year promises to be a time of celebration –
school dances, the inauguration, gala D.C. parties, etc. – but these
fun events can be surprisingly dangerous. It’s not that these bacchanalia
are unsafe; it’s what happens afterwards, such as DUI accidents
on the road. When you plan to drink alcohol or otherwise “party
hard,” strategize ahead of time to protect yourself from your own
worst habits. Think through when, how and under what circumstances your
judgment might go out the window. Then work backwards to develop appropriate
protocols to avoid winding up in jail or worse, hurting someone else.
For instance, elect a designated driver (DD) in your group; use ride-sharing
apps like Uber and Lyft; or join a sober ride program, which provides
customers with DDs when they need them. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) has created a
list of sober ride programs for every state. If you live outside these services’ coverage areas, make an effort
to go out with a group – you’re more likely to find a DD this
way. If a personal acquaintance, designated driver service, or ride-sharing
app isn’t practical for your situation, call a taxi. It may take
longer to wait for a ride, but the wait is preferable to the alternative
of driving drunk.
Washington D.C. auto accident attorneys can help you obtain fair compensation for damages caused by a negligent
or drunk driver, and we can help you negotiate with the insurance company
effectively. Call us to get help.
Learn more about how to respond by reading this piece:
Fatal Car Crash Causes; Drunk Driving AND Drugged Driving