Austin residents are already gearing up for Cinco de Mayo fiestas. This is the perfect time to enjoy Mexican-inspired food, drinks and fun with friends and family.
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Unfortunately, drunk driving rates increase over the holidays. According to KVUE, there was a 24-percent increase in DWI arrests between 2010 and 2013 in Austin. Every day in the United States, 27 people lose their lives to drunk drivers.
Although you cannot control the actions of other motorists, you can reduce the likelihood of getting in a crash with a drunk driver. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind on Cinco de Mayo:
- Look for signs of intoxication from other drivers;
- Wear your seatbelt;
- Drive defensively;
- And do not drink and drive.
If the worst happens and you suffer an injury due to another person’s negligence, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm
. As a car accident lawyer in Austin, Luke Dow can guide you through the claims process and help you fight for the maximum settlement.
Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation. Until then, read on to learn four tips that could save your life on Cinco de Mayo:
- Look for signs of intoxication from other drivers.
Some drunk drivers are easy to spot. Alcohol affects coordination, depth perception and reaction time, which translates into abnormal and erratic behavior behind the wheel. Keep your distance from vehicles if the drivers:
- Use the wrong turn signal when changing lanes;
- Drive with the headlights off;
- Drive too slow or too fast;
- Swerve on the shoulder or into other lanes;
- Or stop in front of or far behind a stop line.
- Wear Your Seatbelt
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, wearing a seatbelt can reduce your risk of a severe crash-related injury or death by half. It is critical that you buckle up – especially on drinking holidays like Cinco de Mayo. Wearing your seatbelt not only can prevent injuries if an accident happens, but it can also put you in the ideal position to react to unexpected hazards.
- Drive Defensively
You should be especially vigilant when driving on Cinco de Mayo. Try to anticipate the actions of other drivers. Always maintain a safe following distance, and do not speed.
- Do Not Drink and Drive
This is the most effective way to avoid a drunk-driving crash. Instead of drinking and driving, consider renting a hotel room or staying overnight at a friend’s place. You could also call a rideshare company such as Uber or Lyft, or one of Austin’s many taxi services:
- Yellow Cab 512-452-9999
- Austin Cab Company: 512-478-2222
- Austin Express Cab Service: 512-666-4141
If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is a board-certified personal-injury lawyer who can represent your interests. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation with an Austin injury attorney.
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