Drinking and driving is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents – and holidays that involve a lot of alcohol, like St. Patrick’s Day, can make the roads in California all the more dangerous. If you plan on going out on March 17th this year, please commit to protecting yourself and others by not driving after you drink alcohol.
In 2015, there were 867 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in California, up 4.6% from 2014. Last year, drunk driving accounted for over ¼ of all fatal accidents in our state and was a contributing factor in thousands more that ended up in serious injury. The only certain way to prevent causing one of these accidents is to never drink and drive – even if you have “only had a few.” A single drink impairs driving ability and increases risks of causing a serious or fatal accident.
Refraining from drinking and driving helps you prevent causing an accident, but may not be enough to protect yourself fully against others. If you are driving on St. Patrick’s Day, be extra vigilant while on the road and report drunk drivers to the State Patrol. If you are injured or a loved one is killed while driving on St. Patrick’s Day, call Bakersfield car accident attorney Mickey Fine at (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your rights.
Mickey Fine maintains offices in Manhattan Beach and Bakersfield to better serve victims of car accidents living throughout California. To schedule a free consultation at one of these offices or to request Attorney Fine come to your location for a case evaluation, please contact us today.