Parties are one of the best things about the holidays. But unfortunately too much celebrating leads to an increase in people thinking they’re ok to drive when they’re not. As a personal injury attorney in Bakersfield, I see the devastation that happens to families who are victims of drunk drivers. So, this holiday season, please take some advice from MADD about what you can do to prevent drunk driving accidents. If you’re with someone who is drunk and wants to drive:

• Don’t confront or argue. Speak slowly, and explain that you don’t want them to drive because you care and you don’t want them to hurt themselves or others.
• Call a cab or find a sober driver to drive the person.
• Ask a friend to help you be persuasive; it’s more difficult to say “no” to several people than just one.
• Suggest that they sleep over if you’re the host/hostess of the party.
• Get the person’s keys. You’re protecting them and others when you don’t let them drive.
• Call the police or sheriff if necessary. It’s better to have a friend arrested than injured or killed.
If you’re in a car and see a driver weaving back and forth in a lane, going the wrong direction, or driving recklessly, there are a few things you can do to prevent an accident:
• Pull over and call 911. Provide the cross street information and direction that the drunk driver is traveling. Describer the type of car and how the driver is driving.
• Get out of the way of the drunk driver.
• Don’t try to get the drunk driver’s attention or try to pass them. Such distraction to the driver can cause a wreck.

What to do if you’re in a drunk driving accident

If you get into an accident with a drunk driver, don’t try to talk with them. Call the police and get them on the scene to make a report and an arrest. If possible, take photos and video of the scene. Because it’s illegal to drive under the influence, there will be legal consequences. Hire a personal injury attorney sooner than later so that all of the details are covered that contribute to a strong case.

Don’t be a statistic. Please don’t drink and drive.

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