St. Patrick’s Day Car Accidents
Traffic crash statistics consistently reveal that distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding are the three most common causes of car accidents in the U.S. Throw St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, and March Madness into the fold, and it’s no surprise that harmful car wrecks tend to spike during the third month of the year — especially those caused by drunk driving.
If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a drunk driver (or if your loved one lost their life in a drunk driving accident), you have every right to pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver. At Bruscato Law (located in Monroe, Louisiana), you’ll find an experienced personal injury attorney who is ready to fight for the payment and justice you deserve.
Drunk Driving Accidents & St. Patrick’s Day
Despite our nation’s endless campaigns to discourage drinking and driving, the unfortunate truth is that drunk driving accidents still run rampant. This time of year, it’s especially important to be aware of this issue, as recent statistics reveal St. Patrick’s Day to be a leading holiday for fatal drunk driving accidents. Consider these numbers provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2016, the daily average of drunk-driving-related fatalities was 29.
- On St. Patrick’s Day that same year, there were 60 fatalities caused by drunk driving accidents — more than double the daily average.
- Of the fatal car wrecks on St. Patrick’s Day 2016, 39% involved drunk drivers.
It’s both unfortunate and undeniable: drinking, driving, and St. Patrick’s Day go hand in hand. And, even worse, the reckless actions of the few have serious consequences for the many. Aside from those 60 wrongful deaths accounted for by the NHTSA, there are dozens (if not hundreds) more injuries to boot caused by bad St. Patty’s driving.
Compensation for Drunk Driving Injuries
Louisiana follows a rule known as “pure comparative fault.” In plain terms, this rule means that the amount of payment you can receive after a car accident directly correlates to how responsible you were for causing that accident in the first place.
For example, let’s pretend that as a result of your car accident, you now have $25,000 worth of damages (meaning it would cost $25,000 to repair your property and/or treat your injuries). According to Louisiana law, you could claim up to:
- $22,500 if you’re found to be 10% at fault for the accident
- $12,500 if you’re found to be 50% at fault for the accident
- $2,500 if you’re found to be 90% at fault for the accident
In the case of a drunk driving accident, chances are high that the intoxicated driver would be found mostly (if not 100%) responsible for causing your auto accident — drastically increasing your chances of collecting the maximum settlement amount possible. And, even if you’re believed to be partially at fault, you can still pursue financial compensation to cover the cost of your injuries, property damage, and other expenses caused by the crash.
Free Consultations for Drunk Driving Injuries
For any type of personal injury claim, it’s always best to consult with an experienced attorney. Doing so not only improves your chances of claiming your rightful compensation, but it can also give you some much-needed peace of mind. After all, a personal injury attorney’s entire mission revolves around helping people in your situation collect the payment they need.
If you or a family member was injured in a car accident on St. Patrick’s Day — or, for that matter, on any other day of the year — I encourage you to schedule a free appointment with Bruscato Law. As the firm’s principal attorney, I look forward to meeting you and reviewing your case.