Avoiding Injuries on St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day 2018 is this weekend. Many people in the Dallas area will be celebrating the holiday throughout the weekend at restaurants, clubs, bars, homes, and other venues. While the holiday weekend is a time to relax and enjoy the festivities with family and friends, it can also increase your risk for an accidental injuries.
One of the most common causes of injuries over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is DUI accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 60 people were killed in 2016 in DUI accidents over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. In the four-year period from 2012 through 2016, 269 people died in drunk driving accidents during the St. Patrick’s Day holidays. You can reduce your risk of being injured in a DUI accident this holiday weekend by remembering the tips and suggestions discussed below.
Tips to Reduce Your Risk for DUI Accidents in Houston
If you are celebrating with alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day, never drive after you have been drinking. Do not let your friends or family members get behind the wheel if they have been drinking.
Instead, plan for your transportation needs before you begin celebrating this weekend. You can designate a person who will remain sober to act as the designated driver for the group. It is this person’s job to drive everyone home at the end of the evening. If no one agrees to act as the designated driver, you need to arrange for a cab or other form of public transportation. Large groups may want to share the cost of a private driver for the evening to ensure they get home safely.
Pedestrians should also be aware of the increased danger of pedestrian accidents over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. If you are walking this weekend, be alert, especially when walking in the evening, early in the morning, or when crossing the road at intersections. If possible, walk with a group of people instead of alone. Do not let any of your friends walk away after consuming alcohol. Walking while intoxicated can be extremely dangerous, especially near heavy traffic areas.
Other Accidental Injuries on St. Patrick’s Day
Most people focus on DUI accidents on St. Patrick’s Day as the cause of unintentional injuries. However, there are other ways people can be injured over the holiday weekend. Falls are a common cause of injury, especially when people have been celebrating with alcohol. Falls can also happen because someone is using a ladder to decorate for parties or get-togethers.
Other accidental injuries that can increase over a holiday weekend include:
- Accidental drownings
- Recreational or sport-related injuries
- Accidently poisonings
- Boating accidents
For most people, the St. Patrick’s Day holiday will come and go without an injury. However, some people will suffer injuries or lose loved ones because of tragic accidents.
The product liability attorneys at The Fox Law Firm, P.C. hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Our attorneys and staff care about our clients and want them to enjoy the holiday with family and friends safely and responsibly.