Category - Drunk Driving

Snow-Covered house at Christmas time.

Christmas Season Accident Avoidance

Most people travel by car to visit their families to celebrate Christmas. Maybe we don’t travel that much during the year.  But, we definitely need to travel to spend time with our families during this wonderful season.

The National Safety council issues estimates for accidents during specific times of the year. They estimate that 115 people might die during the Christmas season in 2019 (this year). Automobile travel has the highest fatality rate compared to other major forms of transportation.

A big factor that contributes to the car crashes is, of course, alcohol consumption. Even though we enjoy visiting our loved ones, we need to be careful because our holiday plans can be ruined by a car accident. Some years will have more car accidents than others.

Whatever the numbers turn out to be – there are always too many injuries and fatalities on our Texas roads at Christmas time.

If you’ve had your holiday ruined from an auto accident injury, you should hire the experienced Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit at (432) 301-9252. We understand you expected something far different from this season. We won’t be able to bring back Christmas, but we can help you to seek financial compensation for your property damage and personal injuries.

Of course, we believe that it’s better to avoid collisions altogether. But, you have no control over how other individuals operate their vehicles. Here are a few good choices to help you avoid a crash:

  • Avoid peak driving times:You should be aware of when the roads are busiest in your area and how crowded the roads might be. In general though, Christmas Eve and the day after the holiday have particularly heavy traffic periods. It’s a good idea to schedule a longer vacation to leave earlier and later than most other families. Some people think that driving on Christmas Day is best.  I’ve not found that to be true. I guess it depends on where you’re going.

 

  • You should try to take a nap before you drive. Stay overnight with the family if no nap is possible:

Christmas day is a long day for everyone. Most people get up early to open the presents. Family members have expectations when we visit them. Rushing about is the norm.  By the time you’re ready to drive home, you’re probably exhausted.

You need to be careful not to drive while overly tired. Drowsy driving is a major contributor to car accidents. If you are worn out or exhausted, take a nap before you drive. Better yet, if you have a long day planned, make arrangements to stay the night with your hosts or splurge on a hotel nearby.

  • Designate a sober driver: 

It’s easy to overindulge when you’re with loved ones and having a good time. I happen to enjoy homemade eggnog myself. Wine during dinner is always special, too. If you drink too much throughout the day, that can mean you are not in the right state to drive home after dinner. If you know that you’ll need to get back in the car at the end of the day, make sure to have a designated driver – or limit yourself to ONLY ONE alcoholic beverage at mealtime.

Drive cautiously – based on the weather:

Snow is so pretty this time of year! However, snow, wind, and ice make it dangerous to visit friends and family over your holiday vacation. If you have to go somewhere for Christmas and winter weather is acting up, be extremely cautious while driving. Leave for your destination early. Drive slowly and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicles ahead.  Brake much sooner than you normally would. Your braking speed can take up to four hundred per cent – longer, when the road is slippery.

 

  • Avoid distractions:
    If you are lucky, everyone will be tired and sleep on the way home – except for you. This can help you avoid distractions while you drive. However, if other individuals are awake, be sure to keep conversation to a minimum. Yelling and crying kids are definitely a distraction. Remember to tuck that cell phone away. Texts, emails, and apps are all distractions that lead to serious accidents.

Contact the Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit for Help.

 

If a crash puts a damper on your holiday cheer, do not wait to get help with the situation.  Here’s how we do things: after speaking with you during an initial consultation, we can investigate your situation to gather evidence against the at-fault driver.

With documentation that supports your case, we can file the necessary insurance claims and negotiate a settlement on your behalf or take your case to court. Our main priority is to help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Call Gerald Fugit Law Firm at: (432) 332-1661 to schedule your consultation.

Snow-Covered house at Christmas time.

 

 

 

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5 Things To Do After Being Hit By A Drunk Driver

Getting in a car accident is a really bad situation to be in; but it’s even worse if the other driver is drunk or otherwise impaired.

 

Here are some ways to tell if someone has had too much to drink:

A Flushed Face

One of the first signs of having been drinking too much is simply that it will give many people a flushed face.

Acting Out of the Ordinary

Before a person is completely drunk, they will often act “tipsy” or “buzzed.” In other words, they are showing some signs of inebriation without being full-on intoxicated. These signs of acting out could be talking too loudly, acting overly flirty (in situations where it is inappropriate) or just acting strangely.

 

Losing Control of One’s Emotions

The next higher step to just being buzzed, is that you’ll start to see a person lose control of their emotions. This is a strong sign that the person has had too much to drink and is well on their way to being completely drunk. The person might be overly emotional and crying at nothing or laughing uncontrollably when the situation really isn’t that funny.

 

Aggression

Strong emotions that you don’t want to run into is someone who has had too much to drink – they can be overly aggressive. Drunks are known to pick fights or be aggressive, so watch out for this dangerous sign of intoxication.

 

Lack of Motor Control

One of the most advanced signs of drunkenness is that the person will lose control over their coordination and motor control. This is known as the “sloppy drunk”. They might fall down and run into other people and/or physical obstacles.

Reference:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

 

 

WHAT TO DO – WHAT TO DO

 

You might wonder what you should do if you ever face this type of situation and get into an accident.  We’ve got you covered.  Use these tips if you get into an accident and someone is slurring their words or appears to be “out of it”, in any way.

 

Here are five things to do right after being hit by a drunk driver:

 

  1. Call the Police

 

Call the police as soon as you are able to do so. You have to involve the authorities and, in a drunk driving accident, the sooner the better. Not only will this make the process of paperwork with your insurance company much smoother but also it will help your attorney win the case, should you need to go to court.

 

 

  1. Don’t Deal with the Drunk Driver

 

This might seem like another piece of common sense but, remember, following an accident, you will have your adrenaline coursing through you and it might not be the best time to make rational decisions. On top of that, you know the other person, the one who is drunk, is definitely not capable of making rational decisions. Don’t risk further danger and injury to yourself.  Let the authorities deal with the driver when they arrive. Trust us, you’ll be glad when they arrive and you’ll be even happier that you didn’t deal with the driver that caused the accident.

 

 

  1. Take Pictures

 

Taking pictures at the scene – as well as documenting anything else you can – helps insure that things go your way in the courtroom and that there is no ambiguity surrounding the accident.

 

 

  1. See Medical Professionals

 

Even if you don’t feel like anything is wrong, you need to see a medical professional to make sure that there isn’t something you can’t see that might cause you serious impairment or even sudden death. Accidents are complex situations and the injuries sustained during them can be more than meets the eye.

 

 

  1. Talk to an Attorney

 

An attorney will help you prepare for court and will protect you against having your rights violated. No matter how clear cut the situation might seem, you need a legal professional to carry the burden for you in a courtroom and make sure you get what you deserve.

 

 

Those are the five most important things that you should do immediately following a car accident that involves a drunk driver. Some of it might seem like common sense, while others are must-do things that you should not neglect.

 

 

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