According to the Los Angeles Times, drivers are twice at risk of being involved in a drunk driving accident on Super Bowl Sunday than any other normal weekend day in January and February. One report found that on Super Bowl Sunday, there was a 77% increase in the number of drunk driving related crashes. Super Bowl Sunday is tied to many traditions—with beer drinking and alcohol consumption being one of the expectations. People gather together to drink, watch the game, and see the commercials, but they may not always plan how they’re going to get home.

Table set with munchies for a Super Bowl party. White background.

The best way to prevent deadly car accidents is to make a plan before you head out the door. If you plan to drink, how will you get home? Do you have a designated driver or will you call a cab? If you plan to host friends and family for a Super Bowl Sunday party, be a responsible host and make sure guests have a safe way to get home. Finally, don’t be afraid to take away someone’s keys if they appear unsafe.

Creating a culture around driving safely and responsibly is one important way that Idaho drivers can prevent accidents this Super Bowl Weekend.

USAttorneys noted that actress Helen Mirren, in a recent Budweiser advertisement, spoke her mind about how she feels about drunk drivers. She explained that drunk drivers are an “utterly useless, oxygen-wasting human form of pollution” and “selfish coward[s].” The reality is that the real victims in drunk driving related accidents are seldom those who chose to drink and drive in the first place. Often, those who are killed or who suffer the most life-altering injuries are innocent drivers and passengers who were following the law and just trying to get home. Car accident lawyers see far too many cases where victims are children and families whose lives are forever altered by another person’s poor decisions and poor planning.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 36% of traffic deaths on Super Bowl Sunday involve impaired drivers. It doesn’t take many drinks to put a driver over the legal limit, so it is important that you know your limits and avoid drinking if you plan to drive.

At the end of the day, the choices you make on Super Bowl Sunday matter. If you choose to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. And, if you are involved in an accident, make sure you know your rights. Idaho law offers many protections to drunk driving accident victims. You and your family may have the right to collect money from responsible parties for your injuries and pain and suffering. The Law Office of Johnson & Lundgreen urges Boise, Idaho drivers to take precautions and drive safely this Super Bowl Sunday. If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a drunk driver, we’re here to help you get justice and raise awareness for the hazards of drinking and driving.

 

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