New Orleans is known for its parties and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Many people will be celebrating this weekend at bars, restaurants, clubs, and homes throughout New Orleans. It is very important that everyone remembers to celebrate safely, including avoiding driving under the influence.
Sadly, some people may be injured or killed over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in DUI accidents. If you are celebrating this weekend, please remember to do so safely and avoid driving if you have consumed alcohol as part of your holiday celebrations.
DUI Accidents on St. Patrick’s Day
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, DUI accidents took the lives of 60 people last year during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. From 2012 through 2016, DUI accidents claimed the lives of 269 people on St. Patrick’s Day. Because the holiday is on Saturday this year, there could be many more people on the roads who have had too much to drink.
To keep yourself and others safe this weekend, we urge you to take precautions and remember to celebrate responsibly. Tips to keep in mind include:
- If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, help your guests avoid DUI accidents by providing alternative forms of transportation. Have the numbers of various taxi companies and other public transportation companies available to arrange for transportation for guests who have too much to drink.
- When going out with friends to celebrate, you need to designate a person to remain sober. The designated driver ensures everyone gets home safely. If no one is willing to be the designated driver, you need to arrange for public transportation. New Orleans has a variety of transportation options so that you do not need to drive while intoxicated.
- Avoid being on the road late at night or early in the morning when the bars are closing, and people are headed home from parties.
- If you do see a drunk driver, you should immediately slow down and put more distance between you and the other driver. Signs that can indicate a drunk driver include weaving, driving very slowly, ignoring traffic signals and signs, and failing to use turn signals or using turn signals inappropriately. If you see a drunk driver, report the incident to local law enforcement agencies, but never attempt to stop a drunk driver yourself.
Getting Help if You Are Injured in a DUI Accident
When a drunk driver causes an accident, it is assumed that the insurance company for the driver will pay all accident claims. However, some insurance companies may fight these claims, even though their insured was arrested for DUI. Consulting with an experienced New Orleans DUI attorney can help ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance company for the drunk driver.
If you are injured in a DUI accident this St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, our accident attorneys can help. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries and damages, including your financial losses, pain, and suffering.
For a free consultation and case review, call Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889.