Drinking and Driving Increases on Holiday Weekends

August 29, 2017 | Car Accidents


People in Indianapolis like to have fun. Many people love the opportunity to relax and let loose, and holidays are the perfect occasion to do just that. This does not just apply to winter holidays, but also to all of the national summer holidays, as well. With nicer weather rolling in, many people are likely preparing to take boating trips, go camping, or attend or host barbecues.

While there is nothing wrong with adults having some fun by indulging in a few alcoholic beverages, it is another story entirely if those adults then decide to attempt to drive their vehicles. This happens all too often, however, as statistics indicate that drinking and driving increases over all holidays and that Labor Day weekend is one of the three most dangerous weekends to be on the road—along with Memorial Day and 4th of July.

What Happens if You Are Injured by a Drunk Driver?

While police may do their best to increase enforcement of drunk driving laws over holidays weekends, they cannot detect every impaired driver and prevent every accident. Once an accident does occur, however, police should always be called—especially if it is suspected that a drunk driver caused the wreck. Once the police arrive, they can conduct tests to measure the driver’s level of intoxication and determine whether to arrest the driver. This is important because a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated can help a subsequent personal injury claim.

Calling 911 is also essential to address any injuries that you may have from the crash. In many cases, emergency medical personnel will decide that you need to be taken in an ambulance straight to the hospital for emergency trauma care. It is critical to listen to these professionals, as they can identify when your injuries need stabilization to prevent complications. Even if you do not need an ambulance, a trip to the emergency department on your own is always wise. Many car accident victims may be in shock and not immediately aware of the symptoms of potentially serious injuries, so it is important to be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible.

Once your injuries are under control and being treated, you should learn about your legal rights by contacting an attorney who has experience handling drunk driving accident claims. Drunk drivers should be held fully responsible for any harm they cause through their extremely dangerous actions. Victims should receive full compensation for all medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and any other losses they may have suffered because another driver broke the law.

An Indianapolis Car Accident Attorney is Here to Help You

At the Fountain Law Firm, P.C., we have successfully helped many drunk driving accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related losses. To make sure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled, it is important to have an experienced car accident attorney handling your case.  Attorney Merry Fountain can help you today by meeting with you in her office or in your home. Call Merry Fountain anytime at 1-888-242-HURT (4878) for a free consultation.