Most holidays are a popular time for people to celebrate with family members and friends. St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. However, due to the presence of a large number of drunk drivers on New Jersey’s roadways, St. Patrick’s Day has also become a deadly day for many.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) statistics, on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009, 37 percent of motorists involved in fatal car accidents had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. NHTSA statistics also disclosed that in 2009, there were 103 traffic accident deaths on Saint Patrick’s Day. Of that number, 47 people were killed in car accidents that involved at least one motorist with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.
During holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, it is critical that you protect yourself and your loved ones from drunk drivers. First, do not drive or let anyone else drive under the influence. If you are going to be participating in a party, plan a safe way home. If you think you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to immediately contact your local police department. If you see someone who is drunk and about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver this St. Patrick’s Day, please remember that you have legal rights. Injured victims of drunk drivers can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for their injuries, damages, and losses. The experienced Princeton drunk driving injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help victims of drunk drivers obtain fair compensation for their losses. If you would like to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced personal injury attorney, please contact us at (609) 240-0040.