In the U.S., if you operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater, you are guilty of driving while under the influence (DUI). DUI is extremely dangerous and illegal as alcohol diminishes a person’s motor skills, cognition, coordination, judgment, and other abilities needed to operate a vehicle safely. With rideshare services, public transportation, designated drivers, and other alternative options, there is no excuse for drunk driving as it is entirely preventable. Even with safer options, individuals often make reckless decisions while impaired to get behind the wheel, putting themselves and everyone else on the road in danger. That said, there is an increased chance of being involved in a drunk driving accident on the Fourth of July. This is because Fourth of July celebrations usually include people indulging in drinking alcoholic beverages. Drivers must be aware of the dangers of driving on the Fourth of July. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of a drunk driver, contact an experienced Prince George’s County Auto Accident Lawyer who can help you fight for the just compensation you are entitled to. 

What should I do if I’m injured in a drunk driving accident on the Fourth of July?

During the Fourth of July holiday, many people take this opportunity to go on vacation or to see their friends and family they haven’t seen in a while. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), its projected people will drive over 50 miles to attend Independence Day celebrations. That said, more motorists will be on the road than usual, which increases the likelihood of an auto accident. These festivities often include drinking alcoholic beverages. Enjoying some drinks with friends is perfectly normal. However, it becomes an issue when intoxicated people get behind the wheel. Motorists are more likely to make reckless decisions while impaired. Therefore, there is an increased chance of being involved in a collision, particularly those involving drunk drivers.

Following a collision, if you suspect the other driver was operating their vehicle while under the influence, you must call the police immediately. The police will arrive and conduct a field sobriety test. They will also administer a breathalyzer test to determine the driver’s BAC. If they blow over the legal limit, these tests can be used to prove the other driver’s negligence. It is also beneficial, if physically capable, to take pictures of the accident scene and collect any witness’ contact information. These measures will also help support your claim later on.

If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident, contact a qualified lawyer from Timian & Fawcett, LLC today. Our firm is committed to helping our clients secure the fair compensation they deserve.