With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner and plans for celebrations heating up in Nashville, car accident lawyers lend their voices of support to local law enforcement agencies that warn against driving drunk.

Why is March 17 a Big Deal for Law Enforcement?

As noted by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 46 percent of adults intend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Twenty percent of these adults note that they will drink alcohol on this occasion. TSM goes a step further, and highlights the reasons why law enforcement casts a wary eye on local festivities.

  • Drunk driving leads to fatalities. Calling it “one of the deadliest holidays” because of the number of alcohol-impaired drivers, the last four-year span led to 266 lost lives because of drunk driving.
  • Multiple drinking opportunities. Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, revelers frequently party throughout the weekend. The danger zone starts at 6 p.m. on March 16 and continues until 5:59 a.m. on March 18.
  • Post-party hours are the most dangerous. Midnight on March 17 to 5:59 a.m. on March 18 is the most dangerous time. Of fatal crashes occurring during this period, 49 percent involve at least one drunk motorist.

What Can You do to Stay Safe?

If you plan to attend a party, have a designated driver who abstains from alcoholic beverages. Should this plan fall through, call a friend or cab to pick you up. Your bartender will be happy to make the call for you. If you see someone who is going to drive after drinking alcohol, do what you can to stop the behavior before it occurs.

That said, if in spite of your best efforts you do end up being injured in a St. Patrick’s Day car accident, file a police report and seek immediate medical attention. Afterwards, contact our local Nashville car accident lawyers to learn about protecting your legal rights. Contact us today to learn about the value of a free case evaluation after an accident or if you just want more information about your rights after a crash.