When we think about St. Patrick’s Day, the words that most often come to mind are shamrocks, green, the Irish and, of course, beer. While St. Patrick’s Day has long been a celebration of Irish heritage, the holiday has also become a catalyst for one of the biggest binge drinking days of the year.
With the high spirits and large crowds, accidents can easily happen. To ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick's Day, we have gathered some tips from the personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham to keep you protected.
St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips
With large crowds and lively festivities, it's easy to get caught up in the moment. However, it's important to be aware of your surroundings so you can act quickly if needed. If you're walking or biking, it's important to make sure you're visible to drivers. Wear bright or reflective clothing to increase your visibility.
It is important to also be alert on the road. Even if you might be sober, remember that you’re not the only one on the road. Make sure to drive slowly, be attentive and buckle up as it might save your life.
Follow Traffic Laws
If you're driving, make sure to follow traffic laws and wear a seatbelt. Distracted driving, such as texting while driving, is dangerous and can lead to accidents.
Watch Your Alcohol Intake
Alcohol is a major factor in accidents on St. Patrick's Day. To avoid overindulging, set a limit for yourself and stick to it. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a good meal to slow down the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream. The rate at which alcohol affects you varies and is often based on factors such as alcohol content, body weight, food consumption and how fast you drink your alcohol. If you plan on drinking, it's crucial to appoint a designated driver to take you home safely. You can also use ride-share services or public transportation to get around.
Watch Out for Drunk Drivers
Drunk driving is a major issue on St. Patrick's Day. If you see a driver swerving or acting erratically, when it’s safe to do so, call the police and give a description of the vehicle, as well as its location. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives. Be extra cautious when crossing the street and always look both ways before crossing.
Injured in an Accident?
Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those deaths is preventable. This St. Patrick’s Day, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, please remember to find a sober ride home and to remind your friends and family to do the same.
At Hupy and Abraham, we believe in always balancing fun with safety. In the event that you are injured by the actions of a negligent drunk driver, contact Hupy and Abraham right away. Call 800-800-5678 or start a live chat anytime at Hupy.com.