Thanksgiving (or to be more accurate, the day before, “Black Wednesday”) ushers in a period of increased drunk driving arrests lasting through New Year’s Day. As we come closer and closer to the holiday season, our San Jose personal injury attorneys have tips to help you avoid injury due to drunk drivers, as well as information on what to do if you are injured in a car accident.
Protecting Yourself from Drunk Drivers
There are no guarantees you will be able to avoid drunk drivers on the road, especially during the holiday season. However, there are precautions you can take to prevent drunk driving accidents:
- Avoid driving late at night, especially on holidays. The rate of fatal alcohol-related accidents triples late at night.
- Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other cars. It may be wise to ride the right side of your lane if drivers are coming from behind, in case a drunk driver swerves or drifts out of his or her lane.
- Avoid country roads and two-lane highways at night. These rural roads claim a shocking amount of lives due to drunk drivers.
- Keep your car well-maintained at all times. You never know when you will need to slam on your brakes or swerve. Tires, brakes, signals, safety features – make sure they all work.
- If you see suspicious driving behavior, find a safe place to pull over (a parking lot, not the side of the road and report it immediately. You may save someone’s life.
- Don’t allow friends and family to drink and drive.
If You Have Already Been Injured:
- Seek immediate medical attention. Some car accident injuries are not apparent right away.
- Speak to the police.
- Document the scene as best you can. Take photos of the damage and your injuries. Obtain contact information and statements from all witnesses.
- Speak to a personal injury attorney in your area.
Our law firm offers services to injured clients in San Jose.