As the weather warms up, many of us will be moving our parties outside. But as we celebrate Spring with parades and outdoor BBQs, it’s important to remember these tips to keep you & your loved ones safe:
Staying Safe this Spring
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHSA), along with several state transportation departments and law enforcement are working to enforce drunk driving laws, and are offering suggestions on how to prevent as many alcohol related tragedies as possible. Designating a sober driver, wearing a seat belt, and not riding with a driver who has been drinking are all popular ways to protect yourself against alcohol related crashes. Take advantage of resources, such as local taxis and the NHTSA SaferRide app that is available for both iPhone and Android devices.
Protecting Your Guests
Protecting the people you are with is important too, especially if you are hosting a party. Make a point of asking guests who their designated driver is, and be prepared to take away keys and call a cab when guests are a threat to drive intoxicated. Party hosts can be held responsible for those they have served that drive intoxicated. If the guests are under 21, they are even more responsible and actually run the risk of criminal penalties.
But being a good host isn’t all about playing “sheriff.” Simply providing plenty of options can help. Non-alcoholic beverages should be just as easily accessible as alcoholic ones, and guests should also be encouraged to eat, since food helps the body metabolize alcohol better.
Fighting Back After an Injury
If you’re involved in an accident after a Spring party, it is important to take action as soon as possible. Gather as much information about the accident as possible, and take the time to talk to an attorney about your options, rather than leaving all the details to the insurance company. In the Metro West and Central areas of Massachusetts, Peter Ventura offers free consultations to people who are facing this situation, and need to decide whether or not they should hire an attorney to help them obtain compensation for injuries or a wrongful death. Even when an insurance company’s offer of settlement sounds good, it is possible there are still hidden costs of the injury, such as pain and suffering or a loss of earning potential that can be better addressed with the help of an attorney. In some cases, extra work will be necessary to determine exactly who is responsible for an accident.
Peter Ventura- Worcester Personal Injury Lawyer
In his more than 25 years as a trial attorney, Peter Ventura, Attorney at Law in Worcester, Massachusetts has seen a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, and has helped many clients obtain much needed settlement compensation to help subdue the impact the accident has made on their lives. Contact us to see what we can do for your personal injury case.
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