Watch Out for Drunk Drivers in North Charleston this 4th of July
Many people in the Charleston area are gearing up for their annual 4th of July celebration next month. These celebrations typically involve relaxing with friends and family, backyard barbecues, and fireworks. In fact, Charleston is known for its Independence Celebrations, with the New York Times calling the Fireworks at Patriot’s Point one of the “Top 5 Independence Day Celebrations.”
Like any other celebration, 4th of July parties often involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. As a result, there are often significantly more drunk drivers on the road around the holiday than there are at other times of the year, increasing the risk of involvement in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting hurt in a drunk driving around the 4th. These include the following:
- Do not drink and drive yourself – if you plan to drink, make sure that you make alternate arrangements for transportation
- Avoid driving in areas where you know celebrations are occurring or around places with high concentrations of bars, restaurants, or other establishments where people may be drinking alcohol
- Make sure that your windshield, windows, and headlamps are clean to promote visibility
- Avoid distracted driving
- If you see a driver that you believe may be drunk, out plenty of room between you and his or her vehicle and call your local law enforcement agency
In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, make sure that police respond to the scene. In addition, undergo a thorough medical evaluation as soon as you can after the accident and retain legal counsel immediately.
Call a Charleston Car Accident Lawyer Today to Protect Your Legal Rights
Accidents caused by drunk drivers typically entitle victims to compensation for their losses, including the damage to their property, any medical expenses they incur, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. For a free consultation with a Charleston car accident attorney, call the Hartman Law Firm, LLC today at 843-300-7600 or contact us online.