As May turns into June, the transition from planning brunch with mom to setting up a golf day with dad begins. Each June, children across the United States, both young and old, celebrate the time-honored tradition of recognizing the impact their fathers have had on their lives. While it is the same holiday for each of us, the day is unique to every family. Whether you plan to spend the day on a fishing boat or at a Red Sox game, remember to celebrate safely. Having a brew or two with the old man is also a time-honored tradition, but over-celebrating can lead to danger. and DUI victims. This is especially true if you plan to drive. Understanding the risks involved with drinking and driving is the first step to preventing a tragedy and personal injury to another.
Father Knows Best
This year, on June 21st, we will remember the men who loved us and helped us grow into the person we are today. Let us also remember the words and work of a group of fathers many of us have never even met. Let’s take the time to recognize the men of the activist group Fathers Against Drunk Driving (FADD). According to FADD there are 25,000 people killed every year in alcohol-related car accidents. This comes out to about 500 victims per week and 71 victims each and every day. Drunk driving affects us all. FADD estimates that out of every two Americans, one of them will find themselves involved in an alcohol-related accident at least once during their lifetime. Aside from the fatalities, there are 708,000 people injured in crashes that can be attributed to alcohol. This brings the average to a whopping 2,000 people injured every single day in an accident attributable to alcohol. If these statistics alone do not impress the seriousness of drinking and driving, consider that the Allstate Insurance Company has estimated that drunk drivers cost American taxpayers $21-$24 billion per year.
Playing it Safe
The lessons of drunk driving avoidance are often repeated and even more often ignored, as evidenced by these numbers. Planning a day with dad shouldn’t end in disaster or cause a personal injury by a DUI driver. Planning ahead is the most effective and safe way to avoid questioning whether you ate enough, drank too much, or waited long enough to drive after the drinking has already begun. Make sure everyone involved has a safe and sober ride home. Keep in mind that there are several groups of people celebrating on June 21st. Just as with many other holidays, this means there are likely more people out drinking than normal leading to an increase in drunk drivers on the roads. Stay safe this year and have a plan that doesn’t involve drinking and driving.
Drunk driving claims thousands of lives each year. If you or someone you love has suffered injury at the hands of an intoxicated driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Hold reckless drivers responsible for their actions. Contact Massachusetts’ personal injury attorney Peter Ventura at (508) 755-7535 today for a free consultation and for help recovering the compensation you deserve.