4 Tips for Avoiding Drunk-Driving Accidents on Memorial Day Weekend – Advice from a Hartford Personal-Injury Attorney


Whether you’re attending the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade or hitting the downtown bars, our city has plenty of options for enjoying the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, drunk-driving rates tend to spike on Memorial Day.

Someone with alcohol and car keys on a table

In fact, Memorial Day weekend is one of the deadliest times to be on the road, according to Forbes. If you want to enjoy the festivities injury-free, keep these tips in mind:

  • If other drivers appear intoxicated, keep your distance;
  • Call a taxi or use a rideshare app;
  • Find a designated driver;
  • Or monitor your consumption.

If the worst happens and you sustain an injury in a drunk-driving crash, contact Melocowsky & Melocowsky. A Hartford car accident lawyer can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses, gather evidence and help you pursue the highest possible settlement. Call 860-633-6356   today to schedule a consultation.

Until then, read on to learn four tips for avoiding drunk-driving accidents on Memorial Day weekend:

  1. If other drivers appear intoxicated, keep your distance.

Even the safest drivers cannot control the actions of other motorists. However, you may be able to avoid a crash by watching out for signs of intoxication.

Police use dozens of visual cues to spot drunk drivers. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, common signs include:

  • Swerving or drifting;
  • Parking far from a curb;
  • Stopping after or well before an intersection;
  • Odd accelerating and braking;
  • And using the wrong turn signal.
  1. Call a taxi or use a rideshare app.

Both Uber and Lyft operate in the Hartford area. If you don’t have a rideshare app, contact one of the city’s taxi services such as:

  • Yellow Cab Co: 860-666-6666
  • ABC Taxi: 860-819-4146
  • Rona Cab Co: LLC 860-728-8888
  1. Find a designated driver.

You can save money and possibly avoid a drunk-driving accident if you ride with a sober driver. Try to start a rotating schedule with family and friends in which everybody takes turns as designated driver over the holidays.

  1. Monitor your consumption.

You should never drink and drive. Alcohol affects everybody differently, and one or two drinks may be enough to reach the legal BAC limit. If you insist on driving after drinking, make sure you limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Also, drink water between alcoholic beverages.

These four tips can reduce your risk of getting in an accident, but all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragedy. If you or a loved one was injured by a drunk motorist in Connecticut, contact Melocowsky & Melocowsky.

A Hartford personal-injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process and avoid mistakes, such as accepting a settlement that will not cover your ongoing medical costs. If your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to find success in court.

As the victim of another person’s negligence, you should not have to pay for medical bills and time off work out of your own pocket. Call Melocowsky & Melocowsky today at 860-633-6356 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit http://car-accident.usattorneys.com/connecticut/ to learn more about injury lawsuits in Connecticut.



Author: Steve Melocowsky

Steven I. Melocowsky is a founder of Melocowsky and Melocowsky. He provides legal commentary for local television stations such as FOX Ct News and WFSB regarding high profile criminal and civil trials.