Drunk driving is one of the single biggest killers in the United States. There are approximately 12,000 fatalities annually due to drunk driving, and many more accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in a Fort Worth collision involving a drunk driver it is highly recommended that you consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Statistically speaking, Friday and Saturday nights are the worst time for drunk driving accidents. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's a known fact. Alcohol related fatal crashes occur at triple the rate of daytime crashes. Similarly, during the week around 30% of fatal crashes involve alcohol, whereas during the weekend, around 50% of fatal crashes involve alcohol use.
The biggest way you can reduce your risk of being injured in a drunk driving accident is to avoid driving during these high-risk periods. Late nights into the early morning hours are the worst at-risk times, so if you'll be driving on a weekend night, avoid driving between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
If you have to drive during the risky late night hours, drive defensively. Be extra alert for how the vehicles around you are behaving. If you see a car driving erratically, give it a wide berth. If you're driving around bar closing time (last call is 2AM at most bars) try to avoid areas where bars are located, as the higher concentration of potentially drunk drivers means you're more likely to encounter a drunk driver there.
Drunk driving can kill. It does kill around 12,000 people every year. You can take a few simple driving safety precautions to drastically reduce your chances of being involved in a drunk driving accident. Don't treat this threat lightly; do what you can to avoid drunk driving injuries.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car wreck which was cased by an intoxiated driver, you should consult with a board certified personal injury attorney to discuss your personal situation and understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation which can help pay you medical bills as well as other accident-related costs.
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