Auto accident attorney gives tips to keep you safe during Michigan’s “biggest bar night of the year”
Some say the night before Thanksgiving is the “biggest bar night of the year” in Michigan. Take a look at most drinking establishments and you’ll see them packed to the brim with people starting their holiday early — often with lots of cheap drinks. While this may sound well and good, our car accident attorneys have seen dire consequences that can arise first-hand: Catastrophic accidents at the hands of drunk drivers.
According to the Michigan State Police, 32 percent of the 987 fatal crashes that occurred in 2007 were alcohol related. And the severity of personal injuries for drivers and passengers in car accidents where drinking is involved, is much worse. Police are aware of this; tonight will be patrolled heavily by local law enforcement seeking to snag drunks behind the wheel.
With that, the lawyers of Michigan Auto Law are providing a few tips to keep you safe the night before Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy your holiday happily and peacefully.
* Have a reliable designated driver: Drunk driving is against the law. There are severe legal consequences, not to mention you can injure or kill somebody. So designate a friend who is willing to stay sober or arrange to have one pick you up once the night wraps up. You can also call a cab or contact a local organization that offers free rides.
* Be responsible: If you are 21, the legal drinking age in Michigan, the night before Thanksgiving can be ideal for catching up with friends. But you don’t want to drink so much that you end up sloppy, foolish or doing something you regret. Our auto accident attorneys advise you to be responsible about how much alcohol you consume. Try to eat while you are drinking, stay hydrated with water and switch between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Know your limits in mind and adhere to them.
* Think about tomorrow: Consider your family obligations and how you will feel in the morning. Imagine having a bad hangover while having to help with cooking, entertain family and clean up. You want to be able to truly enjoy your Thanksgiving. So again, be responsible when you are out on the town.
* Beware of drunk drivers on the road: The Michigan State Police say that midnight to 2:59 a.m. has the highest rate of fatal crashes caused by people who have been drinking — 72.4 percent. The late morning hours have the lowest rate at 4.2 percent. Try and stay off the roads during the hours when drunk drivers are most likely out. And if you must be on the road, whether as a driver or passenger, be aware of your surroundings. This includes taking into account the other vehicles on the roads, your speed, the weather conditions, your safety belt and the avoidance of distracted driving.
Please stay safe tonight. And if you or a family member has been injured in a car crash, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, call the lawyers of Michigan Auto Law for a free case evaluation at (800) 777-0028. We are the largest law firm in the state handling auto accidents for more than 50 years and three generations. We can help you.
– Steven M. Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys handling serious car and truck accident injury cases and automobile insurance no-fault litigation. Steve has received the largest reported jury verdict for an automobile accident case in Michigan in four of the past seven years, including 2008, according to Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
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