July Fourth is the perfect time to relax, whip up your favorite backyard barbecue, and enjoy a few drinks with family and friends. Unfortunately, the combination of alcohol, fireworks and other hazards often leads to tragedy.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest celebrations of the year. There were an estimated 385 deaths and 41,200 injuries over the holiday period in 2013.

Many of these deaths involved drunk-driving accidents. If you are planning to celebrate Independence Day, you can reduce your risk of becoming a statistic by:

  1. Appointing a designated driver;
  2. Staying at your friend’s place or a hotel;
  3. Or using public transportation or a taxi service.

Unfortunately, not all drivers are proactive about safety. If you suffer an injury over the holiday due to a drunken motorist, contact a Baton Rouge injury lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. We will evaluate your case, interview witnesses, and guide you through the claims process.

Here are three ways to avoid drunk-driving collisions this Independence Day:

  1. Appoint a Designated Driver

Appoint a designated driver to transport you home from the party. Your DD should not drink any alcohol that night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol impairs judgment and coordination, and even a single drink can impact a person’s ability to drive safely. If your designated driver indulges in a few alcoholic beverages, find alternative transportation.

Staying sober may not sound like fun, but it can save your life, your loved ones’ lives, and the lives of other road users. Consider developing a rotating schedule in which you and your friends alternate designated driver responsibilities.

  1. Stay at Your Friend’s Place or a Hotel

If you drink more alcohol than you intended, do not attempt to drive home. Ask the host if you can stay overnight, or find a nearby hotel. Try to make sleeping arrangements before you consume alcohol.

  1. Use Public Transportation or a Taxi Service

There are several taxi services in Baton Rouge that can get you to and from your Independence Day celebration. These include:

  • Bayou Taxi & Airport Cab: 225-274-0608
  • Yellow Cab: 225-406-7288
  • Bertrand’s Taxi: 225-933-9711

You could also use a rideshare service. Both Uber and Lyft operate in Baton Rouge, and they are often more convenient and cheaper than traditional taxis.

Most drivers understand the dangers of being under the influence, but far too many make exceptions on July Fourth. Don’t make this mistake. Not only would you risk DWI charges, but you may also cause an injury accident.

If you fall victim to a drunk driver on July Fourth, contact a Baton Rouge auto accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.

July 1, 2016 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Safety Tips | Tags: , , ,