Avoid a California Drunk Driving Accident During the Holidays With These Tips

November 19, 2018
Posted on: November 19, 2018
Author: Ramey Law P.C.
Photo of Glasses of Alcohol and Car Keys

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family and friends to get together and celebrate the start of the holiday season. During this time, California residents are traveling back and forth to visit other people, which can cause heavy traffic and an increase in accidents and injuries on the road.

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, also known as “Thanksgiving Eve,” is a night associated with heavy drinking and driving. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

3 Important Ways You Can Avoid an Accident on Thanksgiving

If you plan on traveling during this period and want to reduce the risk of a car accident, follow these important tips:

  1. Plan ahead. The day of Thanksgiving Eve and that evening will have the most drivers on the road, as well as drunk drivers. If you’re leaving on a long road trip with your family, plan the night ahead and make sure you leave as early as possible the next morning. You can also use helpful traffic apps on your phone to help alert you to accidents on the road ahead.
  2. Know your other options. If you plan to drink with your friends on Thanksgiving Eve, then you should look for a safer way to get home. Call a ridesharing service, such as Uber or Lyft, before you head out. You could even consider taking public transportation to get to your event.
  3. Understand the signs of drunk driving. While driving during this time period, it’s crucial that you know the signs of drunk driving. Watch out for cars around you that are swerving between lanes, braking erratically, or speeding on local roads. Don’t hesitate to call law enforcement to report a drunk driver if you fear for your safety or the safety of others.

Hiring a car accident attorney can increase your chances of recovering compensation after an injury. Our personal injury attorneys at Ramey Law P.C. have extensive experience with car accident cases in the Los Angeles area. Contact us if you would like a free consultation.