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Be Safe On St. Patrick’s Day (and every day)!


St Patricks Day dog french bulldog
St Patricks Day dog – french bulldog

It is hard to believe that it’s already St. Patrick’s Day!  Whether you are Irish or not, we wish everyone a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day.  This year March 17th falls on a Sunday which means that anyone out on St. Patty’s night may reconsider because they have to work on Monday. That being said, anyone out and about on St. Patrick’s Day should still expect a significant amount of people out to celebrate the greenest day of the year.  While we wish everyone a safe and happy time, we want to make a reminder that there is never a good day to drink and drive!

Please consider the following if you are going to be celebrating with alcohol on March 17th or any other day of the year:

There is no excuse for drunk driving.  There are multiple ways that anyone drinking outside of their home can catch a ride home without having to put their own or someone else’s life at risk.  Take a cab, a bus, a train, an Uber, a Lyft or even walk if you can do so safely.  Call a friend, call your mom, call anyone but do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking!

Paying for a ride home is cheaper than paying for a DUI. Besides the many obvious reasons that you should never drink and drive, remember that a DUI and related traffic offenses and car accidents can be expensive!  Not only do you have to consider legal fees and fines and citations, but consider that a DUI or DUI car accident can result in a lot of bad scenarios that affect your wallet.  If you have a DUI on your record, you could lose your job and future opportunities for employment. Having a DUI  on your record if you work in certain fields or aspire to have a certain profession can completely end someone’s lifelong goal of obtaining and keeping a certain job.  If that isn’t bad enough how about the fact that having a DUI on your record is certainly going to make an impact on the amount of money that you pay for car insurance, assuming that you ever get your license back.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is stupid. There isn’t much to add to this one.  Being drunk or high while you are driving is just plain dumb.

If you are driving under the influence you are playing with people’s lives.  Nobody really likes being told what to do by someone else.  If you think about it, if you are drinking and driving. you are essentially making safety and possibly life altering decisions for other people that are also driving and walking on the roads while you are driving drunk.  You are potentially making a decision for them that may result in their serious injury or death.  Nobody has the right to make that choice for anyone else!

Enough lecturing already!  We want everyone to have a safe and fun time whenever they go out and especially on a fun day like St. Patty’s day. However as injury lawyers, our Charlotte, NC team of experienced attorneys unfortunately all too often sees the results of drunk driving accidents.  We see the injuries and we see the consequences for our clients and for the drunk drivers. Drunk driving accidents are 1oo percent preventable.  Just don’t do it – ever!

Our Charlotte, NC Injury team represents accident victims and focuses helping people that have been hurt by the negligence of others.  We have been serving our communities for more than 20 years and we do so with pride.  If you or anyone you has been hurt by a drunk driver or anyone else, we are happy to talk to see if we can help.  It all starts by calling our office or submitting a request for a free case evaluation through our website for us to call you. We are experienced and compassionate lawyers and we fight for our clients every day.  Please let us know if we can help!

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