What to know about drunk driving and St. Patrick’s Day

Despite the increased warnings about drinking and driving that we see around St. Patrick’s Day, far too many people will drive drunk that weekend. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there were 252 fatal drunk driving accidents over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2011 to 2015.

NHTSA considers the St. Patrick’s Day holiday to include the days before and after March 17. They track traffic deaths from 6:00 p.m. on March 16 to 5:59 a.m. on March 18. Not surprisingly, the hours between midnight and 5:59 a.m. are typically the most dangerous.

Drivers and pedestrians are at risk

While we all know that drunk driving poses a danger to other drivers and passengers, it’s easy to forget that pedestrians are also at risk. Pedestrians can become drunk driving accident victims in many situations, including while crossing the street, walking to their cars or attending a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Pedestrian accidents and car accidents caused by drunk drivers can result in serious or fatal injuries, including:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones and amputations
  • Scarring
  • Internal organ damage

The necessary medical care for these types of injuries can be extensive and the cost is considerable. In addition, injury victims and their families may lose income and benefits if the injured person and/or a caregiver cannot return to work after the accident.

People in this situation need to understand their legal options. When another driver’s negligence – including driving drunk – causes an injury, the accident victim can seek compensation for financial, physical and emotional losses. Receiving adequate compensation is critical to helping people move forward after an injury.

i 3 Table of Contents

We listen. Your story matters to us.

We have a team of courtroom lawyers with a proven track record to help you tell your story. And we have the resources, the experience and the reputation to make sure you’re heard.

Tell Us About Your Case

Check Consent Box

Honored To Be a Part of Their  Story
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed ."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
Related Articles
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!
The most dangerous times for driving: stay alert and safe!

Driving is an everyday activity for most of us, but it is important to know that certain times pose a higher risk of getting involved in an accident. Whether because of increased traffic, weather or human factors, knowing the most dangerous times and circumstances for...

How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?
How can a malfunctioning seat belt be fatal?

Seat belts are one of the most important safety equipment inside vehicles; millions of people depend on them daily. This type of equipment has a dramatic impact on a person’s chances of survival in an accident. A malfunctioning seat belt can put drivers and passengers...

Understanding the dangers of defective car seats
Understanding the dangers of defective car seats

Car seats exist to keep babies, toddlers and children safe during a car crash. However, in certain instances, they do not work as they are supposed to due to a defect or flaw in the product. An improperly manufactured car seat can be ineffective and extremely...

Related Videos
Personal Account
Business Account
Investments
Insurance Services
Ohter Services
Debit Card
Credit Card

Your story matters to us

Tell Us Your Story