Spring break is right around the corner, and for many families this means taking road trips, heading to another state, or having a “staycation” right at home. While this can be the perfect opportunity to relax and spend quality time with your loved ones, it can also be dangerous.
This week of the year has earned a reputation for alcohol consumption and party culture, especially among high school and college-aged people. A byproduct of this is people getting behind the wheel when under the influence. According to nationwide crash data, traffic fatalities increase by about 9.1% in spring break destinations from February to April, while those resulting from drunk driving could see as much as a 23% jump.
Keeping Safety in Mind
The risk of harm that comes with drunk driving is far too great, and it’s important for parents to have meaningful conversations with their teen/young adult children about the dangers of driving under the influence. Although you cannot always be there in person to protect them, you can remind them that staying in the same location, using a rideshare service, or having a designated driver is always safer than getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.
Furthermore, it’s important to teach them to recognize signs of intoxication. Many young people often believe that “buzzed driving” isn’t as egregious and can’t do as much harm. Not only is this false, but it can be dangerous as they may be more susceptible to getting into a vehicle with someone who doesn’t physically appear intoxicated. Even at lower blood alcohol concentration levels (BAC), slurred speech, blurry vision, changes in emotions or aggression levels, and lack of coordination can indicate intoxication.
What to Do If You’ve Been in a Drunk Driving Accident
If you or someone you know has been in a drunk driving accident, seeking medical attention is vital. Even if no one is visibly injured, there could be underlying injuries that are not immediately apparent. Additionally, make sure to contact your local police department as soon as possible and file an incident report. An attorney specializing in drunk driving accidents can also help you or your loved ones get the justice they deserve and financial compensation for medical bills, damages, lost wages, and to protect your future.
Attorney Matt Bretz of Bretz Injury Law has spent over 30 years helping injury victims and their families recover the compensation needed to seek medical treatment, recover lost wages, and protect their future. Mr. Bretz is also on the National Board of Directors for MADD and understands the devastating impact that drunk driving can have on a family.
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