Ending 2012 on a safe, sound, sober note

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Brain Injury on Monday, December 31, 2012

Though our Bears’ season ended unhappily yesterday, there was much for Chicago to celebrate in 2012. As the year comes to an end tonight, let’s remember to celebrate 2012 and ring in 2013 on a safe and sound note.

It’s easy enough to do. If your celebration plans include alcoholic beverages, please make sure those party plans also include a designated driver or a safe ride home by taxi, limo or public transit. Let’s make Chicago’s New Year’s Eve a happy one free of needless car accidents caused by drunken driving.

Law enforcement officials say that about 10,000 people die needlessly each year as a result auto accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. That’s about a third of all traffic fatalities.

Each and every one of those deaths is entirely preventable and each and every one of them is a tragedy.

For some people who go out and have a few drinks too many, the night will end with flashing police lights, a ticket for drunk driving and a ride in a police car to jail. While that is reason enough to behave responsibly, the more dire possible consequences of irresponsible behavior make drunken driving inexcusable.

Not only do those people put their own life and health at risk, but they also put at risk the life and health of their passengers and any other motorists who happen to be sharing the streets.

Anyone injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s reckless behavior deserves full and fair compensation for their injuries, medical costs, lost wages and other damages. Speak to an attorney about your legal options.

Source: Press-Enterprise, “Avoid trouble, tragedy – no driving drunk tonight,” Dec. 31, 2012