Drivers urged to act with caution, care on St. Patrick’s Day

There is no doubt that Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, are known for their large Irish populations. As such, St. Patrick’s Day is a day for so many residents to celebrate the city’s cultural heritage. Though the day is usually filled with merriment, those celebrating are encouraged to make responsible decisions during the course of the festivities. A fun evening can turn tragic when one person makes an ill-informed decision to drive while intoxicated.

Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are typically associated with this particular holiday. A driver’s choice to get behind the wheel after consuming too many drinks can result in serious injury or death. That is something no one in Massachusetts should have to deal with.

Knowing the risks associated with drunk driving incidents, here are some tips to protect yourself and others against a tragic accident:

  • Have a plan: Staying off the road as much as possible is a great way to prevent serious injury. Consider using the city’s public transportation system to travel, instead using your vehicle.
  • Be smart: Even if you’re just a passenger in a friend’s car, you expose yourself to danger. If your driver has had anything to drink, make arrangements for your entire party to find a safe ride home.
  • Look out for others: If you are not participating in the festivities and happen to be on the road, be on the lookout for reckless drivers.

The road can be a dangerous place even under the best of circumstances. The terrible reality is that people make bad decisions. In the event that you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know what rights you have. Massachusetts state law allows victims or their families to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain or suffering experienced as the result of an accident at the hands of a negligent driver.

The goal of this holiday is to celebrate and have fun. Most importantly, there are many ways to have an enjoyable experience and still act responsibly.

Source: Live Insurance News, “Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day safely to avoid incidents,” March 16, 2012