‘Tis the Season (for auto accidents) Are You Prepared?
As the holiday season quickly approaches so is auto accident season. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2011, in the months of January, October, November and December, 46,773 accidents occurred out of 125,395. By holiday, Thanksgiving is the most dangerous on the roadways followed by New Years and Christmas. Of these, alcohol contributed most in accidents immediately before, on and immediately after Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The holiday season is a time for joy and thanksgiving and by utilizing the following tips and safety precautions we can all contribute toward the holidays remaining a happy, joyous time.
1. *Count Your Glasses – Although there is no standard, the general guideline for one serving size of alcohol is: 12oz of beer, 5oz of wine or 1 ½oz of spirit, i.e. vodka, whiskey. One serving of alcohol roughly equates to 0.02 blood alcohol content. The legal blood alcohol content limit in Pennsylvania is 0.08. Therefore, keep this in mind and drink responsibility.
* It is important to note that alcohol affects everyone differently and therefore, although you may be legally under the limit, you may be too impaired to drive.
2. Attend A House Party If Possible – By attending a party at someone’s home, you can avoid late night traffic to busy venues and can possibly spend the night if you wind up having one too many.
3. Be Wary Of All Drivers- If and when you do venture onto the roadways on holidays or days surrounding the holidays, give other drivers a little extra room, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Obey Speed Limits – This is an obvious “to-do” but by obeying the speed limit, you are helping to keep yourself safe as well as other motorists.
5. Call It In – Always report any suspected drunk-driving activity to police by calling 911. You could be saving your life and someone else’s.
With this said, accidents happen and people make mistakes. If you find yourself in a situation where you are over the legal limit of alcohol and involved in an accident, get pulled over with a blood alcohol level of above 0.08 or were struck by another motorist, please call us. Our skilled legal team is here to help. We not only handle personal injury matters but also provide knowledgeable legal counsel for DUI related offenses.
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