December is a month of celebration and parties as many enjoy Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Chanukah (Dec. 22-30), or Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1).
As we make plans, it is important to include safety and not drink and drive. Many people believe they can enjoy alcoholic beverages and still be okay to drive. This is not the case. Just a few drinks can make a person legally drunk, and it can happen even more quickly depending on a person’s body structure and weight. Be sure to have a non-drinking designated driver before the festivities begin.
“Even if you and your other party-goers are careful to not drink and drive, party-goers attending other events may not be so careful. It is important to drive undistracted and focused,” said Randall Spivey, Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.
There are ways you can protect yourself from other drunk and/or drugged drivers on the roads. One way is to be a defensive driver. Should you see a driver speeding and/or swerving on the road, try to avoid them and take evasive action.
Leaving a party very late at night or in the early hours of the morning may prove more dangerous than leaving earlier. If you leave during these hours, please be sure to watch for dangerous drivers so you can avoid them. Should you be injured in an accident caused by another driver, be sure to take care of your medical needs first and call 911.
2018 was a very dangerous holiday season in Florida. In one week, there were nearly a dozen deaths. The Florida Highway Patrol investigators responded to nearly ten crashes or pedestrian accidents with cars in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast, and Highlands County. Some of the crashes were hit and runs.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) said that drunk driving crashes increase dramatically every holiday season. More than 1,000 people died in drunk-driving crashes from 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Eve 2018. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are so dangerous that almost half of all traffic deaths on those days are caused by drunk driving.
“We wish you a very happy and safe holiday and want you to know we are always here for you 24/7 should you need us, even over the holidays. We represent people involved in numerous types of personal injury and wrongful death accidents throughout the state of Florida. All of our clients have unique personal injury cases. Our firm provides personal contact and communication along with aggressive representation,” said Attorney Spivey.
Fort Myers DUI Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one (1%)percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.