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St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to let loose with family and friends, but it can be a dangerous holiday due to its association with alcohol consumption. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes nationwide during the holiday period in 2016. In addition, a significant number of crashes that occur on St. Patrick’s Day are alcohol-related.

Thankfully, you can have plenty of fun and stay safe this year by following these safety tips:

  • Arrange safe rides to and from your destinations—Whether it’s appointing a designated driver, using a ridesharing app, or calling a cab, getting safe rides on St. Patrick’s Day may not only save your life, but the lives of others on Alabama’s roadways as well.
  • Stick to sidewalks and crosswalks—St. Patrick’s Day often involves bar hopping and pub crawling, and that means traveling on foot. Always use sidewalks when traveling near traffic, and never cross the street outside of crosswalks.
  • Avoid distractions—There’s a good likelihood you’ll encounter other intoxicated drivers while out celebrating with friends. That’s why it’s important to stay alert and cautious—and that means avoiding distractions whether you’re driving or walking.

In addition, make sure to never drink on an empty stomach and to stay hydrated throughout the evening.

When Injuries Happen, We’re Here to Help.

Following the tips above can help you reduce your risks this St. Patrick’s Day, but they can’t eliminate them entirely. That’s because other drivers may be intoxicated, impaired, distracted, or just plain negligent.

If you get hurt on a night out with family and friends, or any other day of the year, the Alabama personal injury lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana are here to help. Contact us today, and let us get to work for you.