As we wish everyone Happy Holidays and prepare to take some time to enjoy the season with our friends and families, our legal team at Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers would like to remind everyone to be safe – especially on the roadways. This time of year has become notorious for surges in drunk driving wrecks, and we know it becomes crucial for everyone to play a role in making the right choices. As others agree, this month has been deemed National Impaired Driving Prevention month!

Just a week ago, President Barack Obama declared December as a month in which we should all give extra attention to impaired driving, a serious problem in the U.S. that continues to cause thousands of senseless injuries and deaths each year. As statistics from the NHTSA show, the problem is nothing short of an epidemic:

  • In 2013, more than 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes – one death every 51 minutes.
  • In December 2013 alone, 733 people died in car wrecks involving drunk drivers.
  • During holiday enforcement periods – which take place around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year – rates of alcohol-involved crashes and arrests significantly surge.

It’s understandable that drinking and celebration go hand-in-hand with holiday cheer, and this month is not about changing that. It is about, however, raising awareness, drinking responsibly, and making the decision to never get behind the wheel after drinking. Play it safe by designating a sober driver, catching a cab or using a ride-share service, or simply staying the night at a relatives.

Remember, not only will you keep yourself and others safe, you could very well avoid an arrest and serious penalties. Law enforcement agencies are on high alert for drunk and drugged drivers during the month of December and through the New Year.

Unfortunately, drunk and drugged drivers do get on the road and, even more unfortunately, they do cause harm to others. In these drunk driving accidents, victims have every right to file personal injury claims to hold at-fault drivers accountable for their negligence and recover financial compensation for their damages, which can include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Contact the Clearwater Car Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442