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St. Patrick's Day & Drunk Driving: Staying Safe

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those odd holidays that America heartily celebrates and no one really knows why. It conjures up images of shamrocks, redheads, leprechauns, green sequins, a saintly figure, and most importantly, Irish pubs. Real-life liquid luck flows freely during this holiday, bringing out the Irish in everyone and ensuring lots of laughter and good times. Unfortunately, there are dangers inherent to this holiday that are much more serious than just getting pinched by an overzealous coworker. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year for drivers.

Our Houston drunk driving accident attorneys want to make sure you can safely and responsibly enjoy this festive day, so read below to learn about some lucky charms that may help you through the holiday and enjoy a brief St. Patrick’s Day history lesson that’s sure to impress your fellow Irishmen.

Saint Patrick’s Day History & Statistics

In the early years of St. Patrick’s Day in America, it was celebrated in small Irish communities looking to bond together and display their national pride in this new land. Ironically, these celebrations usually had a religious tone uncharacterized by the revelry that is common in modern America, and few people in Ireland celebrated it at all! However, the festivities gradually grew from local get-togethers to city-wide and national holidays as the melting pot of America celebrated a common sense of identity.

Modern-day statistics don’t make for quite as heartwarming of a story. In 2010, alcohol-related crashes claimed a life every 51 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day, accounting for 32% of all fatalities that day. Don’t be a statistic! There are plenty of ways you can have a safe St. Patrick’s Day without sacrificing the fun.

You Need More than Lucky Charms

Enjoy yourself this St. Patrick’s Day by considering the following tips:

  • Designated drivers are the best lucky charms.
  • Buckle up before driving.
  • Eat plenty of food (like corned beef and cabbage)
  • Watch out for your friends

Remember that even if you are not involved in a fatal accident, if you are found driving erratically with a blood alcohol content of .08% or over, you may have to give up your pot of gold and face DWI charges. More risky for most people is getting hit by a drunk or impaired driver, as injuries and damages can be severe.

If Your Luck Runs Out, Contact Arnold & Itkin

Alcohol-induced driving incidents occur on a daily basis, despite the best efforts made by law enforcers and civilians to prevent them. One out of three people in the United States will be involved in at least one drunk driving accident during their lifetime. Claims for such accidents can be a complicated issue, requiring the services of an experienced drunk driving accident attorney in Houston. One of our injury lawyers can review the circumstances surrounding your case. More compensation may be obtained for drunk driving accident victims depending on the levels of negligence present at the time of the incident.

Factors such as the following can affect the case:

  • Blood alcohol content at the time of the accident
  • Any prior offenses by the driver
  • Children affected in the incident

By working with Arnold & Itkin, you can be sure your case is in good hands. We strive for maximum compensation, thoroughly review the factors involved in the accident and compiling all damages experienced such as pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and physical impairment.

To learn more about your options contact us or fill out a free consultation form today.