Increased Car Wrecks On St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday, and residents and visitors of Charleston do not hold back when celebrating. While this can be a lot of fun, it also has serious implications when it comes to driver safety. In fact, nationally, the country experiences a 10% increase in DUIs and car accidents on St. Patrick’s Day, and nearly 70% of all car accidents that occur on St. Patrick’s Day involve a drunk driver. If you are going to be on the road on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to stay vigilant and keep your eyes out for anyone who appears to be driving impaired. If you do find yourself in a car accident, be sure to get the help you need, both medically and legally, as soon as possible after the accident.
St. Patrick’s Day is Dangerous for South Carolina Drivers
It is estimated that someone loses their life every 30 minutes due to drunk driving on St. Patrick’s Day. Additionally, South Carolina ranks as one of the most dangerous states for St. Patrick’s Day driving in the country, coming in with the 11th highest rate of DUI-related deaths nationwide. There is also an increase in pedestrian deaths, both due to intoxicated pedestrians and intoxicated drivers. For this reason, it’s always best to avoid driving on St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of whether you have consumed any alcohol. Simply being on the road on this holiday puts you at risk of being involved in a collision. This is especially true at night, as this is when the majority of DUIs and related accidents occur.
Suing for Drunk Driving Accidents
If you are hit by another driver on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to recognize that there is a very high likelihood that they are driving under the influence. In fact, the odds are significantly more likely that they will be intoxicated than that they will not be. Watch for any signs of possible intoxication, such as swerving, driving above or below the speed limit, erratic driving, or any other unusual behavior. If the driver is slurring or seems off balance, these are also strong indications that they may be intoxicated. Be sure to report your observations to police and to contact a lawyer if you suffer any injuries. If the other driver is charged with DUI they will automatically be presumed negligent and liable for your injuries, making recovery easier than usual. Bringing a personal injury lawsuit allows you to recover for all medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses incurred as the result of any injuries that you sustained. You can also pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
Contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm
If you have been hit by a drunk driver and have suffered injuries and financial damage as a result, Charleston car accident lawyer Gus Anastopoulo will fight to get you the compensation that you are entitled to. Contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and start taking back control of your life.