Drunk drivers cause high death toll on St. Patrick’s Day

We have detailed on far too many occasions incidents in which victims in Philadelphia are killed by drunk drivers. Drunk driving is such an obvious and avoidable form of negligence. While some drivers argue that they thought they were okay to drive, or they only had a few beers, it does not matter. At the end of the day, individuals in Philadelphia have several alternatives to getting behind the wheel after drinking. Calling a cab, taking public transportation or calling a friend are all viable, easy alternatives to killing an innocent individual.

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, we are apt to remind readers as we do on other holidays associated with increased levels of alcohol consumption, to be safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in just the years between 2006 and 2010, 700 lives were claimed on roadways across the nation by drunk drivers during the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

While this is a holiday looked forward to by those of Irish decent or otherwise, safety is still critical. Authorities will likely be on increased alert to nab suspected drunk drivers, but unfortunately some will still get away and put innocent lives at risk.

To mitigate the injuries that a drunk driver can cause a victim in an accident, wearing a seatbelt can be an individual’s best defense. If a victim is injured by a drunk driver on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day in Philadelphia, the victim can pursue a personal injury claim which could mean that the drunk driver is held financially liable for their negligence.

Source: PhillyBurbs.com, “NJ Transit Trains to St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Alcohol-free Saturday,” March 15, 2013



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