Tragically, over 10,000 people are fatally injured every year in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Many more are injured in drunk driving car accidents. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the risk of being injured by a drunk driver drastically increases.
In order to bring awareness to this epidemic, every year around the holidays, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) asks everyone to put a MADD red ribbon on their cars. Part of MADD’s Tie One On For Safety campaign, the organization hopes that this will remind people to always use a designated driver. Tie One On For Safety is MADD’s longest running campaign, which started in 1986 and is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
In addition to naming a designated driver, there are other things you can do to help everyone stay safe on the roads during the holidays. If you are hosting a party, offer “mocktails” or other non-alcoholic beverages. Provide transportation for guests who have been drinking, or offer them a place to stay if they cannot get home safely. A great holiday gift idea is to give relatives and friends gift certificates to taxi or driving services.
Many people are not aware that social hosts can be held liable for incidents that occur after a drunken guest leaves their home. People who serve alcohol either to minors or to people who are visibly intoxicated can be held liable if their guests are involved in a car accident or other incident causing fatality or injury. Some states laws even go so far as to hold social hosts liable for property damage related to such an incident.
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The holidays are a special time of year for making lifelong memories with loved ones. Sadly, many families have their holidays ruined by the selfishness of drunk drivers. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the experienced Delaware County car accident lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC will fight to win you maximum compensation and hold the responsible parties accountable. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 215-569-8488 or contact us online today.