Sunday is the Super Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks are going for a repeat of last year's win. Go Hawks!The Farber Law Group is urging drivers to avoid a DUI or getting into an accident on this exciting day for the city of Seattle and for Hawks fans throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Last year, according to the Washington State Patrol, the Patrol made 102 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests on Super Bowl Sunday. Not only are DUI fines and legal fees expensive, but the risks of getting into a car accident in which someone is seriously injured or killed increases when a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Washington DUI Statistics
In Washington state, there has been a significant drop in the number of alcohol-related fatal car accidents in the past 10 years. Still, 42% of all fatal car accidents involve a driver that was impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. In 2012, there were 146 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents. This is potentially the number of lives that could be saved if people refrained from drinking and driving, not to mention the number of people who are seriously injured in drunk driving car accidents.
Going to a Super Bowl Party?
If you are attending a Super Bowl event on Sunday where alcohol is served, make a plan about getting to and from the event safely. Often, people are enjoying the game so much, they don't realize how much they are drinking over the course of an afternoon.
The following are some common sense tips will insure that you won't suffer the life-altering consequences of getting a DUI or causing an accident in which someone is injured or killed.
- Designate a driver before the party. This will be a person who refrains from drinking. Many people make the mistake a selecting a designated driver who does not abstain from drinking altogether. The problem with this strategy, is that the person may be have a BAC that is above the legal limit.
- Use a bus, call a taxi or use a rideshare app like Uber or LYFT to get a ride from a party.
- Spend the night where the party is.
- Stay home and celebrate with immediate family and or neighbors.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent clients who wish to file a lawsuit against drunker drivers for the injuries caused by a drunk driving collision. If a family or loved one has been killed in a drunk driving accident, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver whose negligence caused the death of their loved one.