According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, accidents involving drunk motorists increase by 12 percent on Super Bowl Sunday compared to the daily average. If you want to avoid a serious and unexpected injury during the Big Game, then there are certain steps you should take to stay safe.
Unfortunately, some crashes are simply unavoidable. After all, nobody can control the actions of other drivers.
If you suffer an injury due to an intoxicated or otherwise negligent motorist, then contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York City personal-injury lawyer will evaluate your collision to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, lost income and other damages. Call 212-221-5999 to learn more.
Be sure to follow these four safety tips to avoid injuries on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Enforce the Seatbelt Rule
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles reminds readers that seatbelts play a crucial role in preventing deaths and reducing the severity of injuries. Every car occupant should wear a seatbelt.
As the driver, you must enforce the seatbelt rule. Do not start the engine until all passengers have buckled up.
- Do Not Drink and Driving
Intoxicated drivers are everywhere during Super Bowl weekend. You should not be one of them.
If your intoxicated driving causes an accident, then you can suffer serious injuries or worse. You may face felony charges if you injure or kill another person.
If you want to drink, then be responsible and prepare in advance. Designate a sober driver, take a cab, host your own party, or use a rideshare service such as Uber. You could also stay overnight at a hotel and split the room with friends.
- Avoid Busy Hours
Traffic is particularly busy on Super Bowl Sunday – especially before and after the game. You should try to avoid driving during these hours. More cars increase the likelihood of an accident, and when the game ends, the streets will fill with intoxicated motorists. Do not take the risk.
- Drive Defensively
The best way to avoid an accident with a drunk driver is to drive defensively. Try to anticipate the actions of other motorists. Expecting the worst and responding appropriately may save your life. Obey traffic laws, drive with the flow of traffic and be sure to avoid distractions, such as GPS and cell phones.
If you suffer an injury due to the negligent or reckless actions of another driver, then contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York accident attorney can gather evidence, talk to witnesses and guide you through the claims process. We can also handle correspondence with insurance companies so you do not unknowingly admit fault or settle for a low offer.
As the victim of a negligent motorist, you should not have to pay for medical expenses and lost income out of your own pocket. Call 212-221-5999 to discuss your legal options.