This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, thousands of revelers throughout Maryland will celebrate the holiday with parades down city streets, festive clothing, green beer, and perhaps some Irish whiskey. Unfortunately, these festivities all too often end with drunk people getting behind the wheel of their car, putting everyone else on the road at risk. Drunk drivers are a threat to everyone around them, and people who are involved in accidents caused by impaired drivers often sustain severe injuries that can result in significant economic and non-economic losses.
Protecting Yourself From Drunk Drivers This St. Patrick’s Day
Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on the mythical luck of the Irish to reduce the risk that a drunk driver injures you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here are some concrete steps you can take to keep yourself as safe as possible:
- Don’t be a part of the problem yourself. If you plan to drink, make alternative travel arrangements to get to your next destination.
- Stay away from large celebrations or parts of town with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, particularly around the time when the festivities are ending or bars and restaurants are closing.
- If you see a driver that you think may be drunk, put as much space as possible between you and him or her. Signs of impaired driving include making wide turns, weaving, almost getting in accidents, driving on the wrong side of the road, stopping for no reason, driving very slowly, delayed responses to traffic signals, making illegal turns, or driving with their headlights off at night.
Recovering Compensation After an Accident Caused by a Drunk Driver
Regrettably, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk that a drunk driver will injure you. Under Maryland law, people who are hurt by impaired are typically entitled to compensation for their injuries, but there are certain things that they need to do to protect their rights. If a drunk driver injures you in an accident, you should be sure to take the following steps:
- Call the police. An official determination that the driver that hit you was drunk can make recovering compensation much easier.
- Seek medical attention. You should see a doctor after an accident with a drunk driver, even if you don’t think you are seriously hurt. It’s important to develop an official record of your injuries for any insurance claim you make.
- Call a lawyer immediately. You should always call a lawyer after an accident. Doing so will ensure that your rights are protected and that any settlement you accept is sufficient.
If a Drunk Driver Injured You, You Should Speak to a Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer as Soon as You Can
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we are dedicated to holding drunk drivers liable for the injuries they cause. Our lawyers will review your case at no cost to you and will only collect legal fees from you if we win your case. To schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Maryland, call our office today at (844) 632-7274 or contact us online.