Before the holidays, organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as well as local police forces work hard to ensure that the risk of Hialeah drunk driving accidents is as low as possible. There are educational programs to alert drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving, and police set up checkpoints to stop drunk drivers before they can cause a Hialeah car accident.
Now that the holidays are over, those messages may not make the news anymore. However, the message is still just as important. Drunk driving is an unfortunate risk at any time of the year. To make 2012 safer, make sure that you remember that drunk driving can cause Hialeah traffic accidents at any time of the year. Fortunately, there are many things you can do:
1) Support organizations that fight drinking and driving. MADD gets lots of press coverage and help during the holiday season, but after the holidays they can use some extra help. If you have money or time to donate, contact the organization of your choice to find out how you can help.
2) Have a get-home-safe plan available year-round. During the holidays, you may plan on drinking and may consider ahead of time ways that you can get home safely. While this is great, it is important to have this type of plan available all year long. Even though it is no longer holiday time, you may still end up going to an event where wine is served or may end up having a few drinks when out for dinner. Having a plan and a few options in place around the clock ensures that you can always make a responsible decision. Consider creating a small kit to keep in your car. Supply the kit with the phone numbers of taxi companies, plenty of cash for a cab, and the names and numbers of friends you can call for a drive home if you have been drinking.
3) Decide not to drink and drive and encourage others you know not to drink and drive. Making an absolute commitment to not drink and drive is one of the best ways to ensure that you will not make a poor choice. Talk to your friends and children about drinking and driving and make sure that they have the information and the facts they need to make safe choices.
4) Report drinking and driving. A drunk driver or any driver who is driving dangerously can cause a Hialeah pedestrian accident or traffic accident and is therefore an immediate threat. Have a passenger call police if you see such a driver – police can send a car to investigate the situation to prevent an accident.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have a right to seek legal remedies. Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking know that they are driving unsafely and they can be held liable for any injuries they cause. If you have lost income or incurred car repair and medical bills because of an accident caused by a drunk driver, you can seek legal redress to ensure that you do not end up paying for all these costs out of your own savings. To find out more, contact the Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a free consultation to discuss your case.