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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

By Kelly Balamuth on April 26, 2012

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and nationwide, health agencies, educators, and others are banding together to help people understand the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction. One of the major dangers of this condition is the increased risk of driving drunk. Not only can drunk driving harm or kill the person who gets behind the wheel after having one too many, but it can also cause serious or fatal injuries for those unlucky enough to be involved in a crash with the inebriated driver.

San Francisco DUI Auto AccidentThe National Health Information Center (NHIC) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide many tips for understanding and controlling one’s own alcohol intake. Even those who use alcohol responsibly, however, need to keep the risks of drinking and driving in mind. When enjoying drinks at a party or with friends, plan a sober way home before you have your first drink. Choose a designated driver or volunteer as one, or hire a cab, take the bus, or walk. It’s also a good idea to switch to non-alcoholic beverages about an hour before you plan to go home and have a snack along with them.

Driver negligence can take many forms, and drunk driving is only one of them. When a driver fails to take due care on the road, serious harm can result. If you’ve been injured by a drunk or distracted driver, a knowledgeable Northern California auto accident injury lawyer at Balamuth Law can help. Call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free and confidential telephone consultation.

To Avoid a Super Bowl Sunday Accident, Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

By Kelly Balamuth on February 1, 2012

With multiple teams in the National Football League, California often has cause to celebrate a “home team” heading for the Super Bowl. While our state doesn’t have a team in the game this year, Super Bowl parties are still going to be celebrated all over California, and many will serve alcohol.

Drunk driving can cause serious accidents, and the NFL is encouraging fans to remember that “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” Here are some ways you can help keep impaired drivers off the road and decrease the risk of a possibly fatal accident harming you or someone you love.

  • If you host a party, make sure all your guests have a sober ride home before you start serving alcoholic drinks. Serve only one drink at a time per guest, and make sure no one under age 21 is drinking alcohol.
  • Give designated drivers some extra consideration. Prime parking spots, the best seat in the house, bottomless non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, and offering to pick up the tab are all ways you can show your appreciation and encourage designated drivers to volunteer in the future.
  • Keep the phone numbers for local cab companies or other mass transportation in your cell phone, so you can call a sober ride for anyone who looks like they can’t drive themselves home safely.
  • Buckle up. Your seat belt is your best line of defense in a crash.

At Balamuth Harrington, an experienced Bay Area car crash attorney is dedicated to helping those injured in car crashes and their families navigate every step of the post-accident process, from filing an insurance claim to seeking compensation in court. If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, please don’t hesitate to call our office toll-free at (888) 254-1234. The consultation is free and confidential.

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