Valentine’s Day is a great time to show the people you care about that you love them. Many couples choose to hit the town and celebrate their love for one another by going out to eat, catching a show, and maybe even grabbing a nightcap before heading home. While this can make for a great romantic evening, alcohol can impair a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. At Glotzer & Leib, LLP, our Los Angles personal injury attorneys want to make sure that you and your loved ones get home unharmed on Valentine’s Day. Here are our suggestions to help you have a safe and happy holiday with the one(s) that you love.
You don’t need to go out and spend a lot of money to have a great romantic evening with your significant other. Make plans to cook a romantic dinner, binge some of your favorite shows, play some fun games, and have a few drinks in the comfort of your own home. Have all of your supplies ready before the holiday arrives to make sure that you’re prepared.
If you plan on drinking make the smart choice and let someone else get you to and from your destination. There are plenty of ways to navigate in and around Los Angeles. Choose a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft or take the bus if your destination is on one of the routes. Taking public transportation gives you the opportunity to cut loose and enjoy your evening in peace.
If you do want to go out and want to avoid the cost of an Uber or cab, you should consider assigning a designated driver for the evening. Valentine’s Day happens to fall in the middle of the week, which means that some people may choose to not drink. Ask your friends if they’ll commit to driving you home safely at the end of the night.
If you do drink and drive, be sure to limit how much alcohol you actually consume. It is not illegal to drive just because you’ve consumed some amount of alcohol. The alcohol in your system must either be above the legal limit or be sufficient to impair your ability to drive. Know your limits and stick to them. You can always have another drink when you get home. Getting into an accident not only puts your health and safety at risk, but also your future with the ones you love.
Some people think that drinking coffee can immediately counteract the effects of alcohol. While coffee may help to make you feel more alert and normal, it will not make you a safer driver. In fact, caffeine can worsen the effects of the alcohol you’ve consumed and make you a greater liability on the road. If you think you need to rely on caffeine in order to drive, seriously consider calling for help. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are made for nights like these.
If you are involved in a traffic accident on Valentine’s Day, don’t panic. Report the accident, get your injuries checked out by a medical professional, and avoid any conversations with insurance companies until you have spoken with an attorney of your own.
If you’ve suffered injuries in your accident you may be entitled to compensation. This is true even if you partially contributed to the cause of the crash. In California, anyone who causes an accident can be held responsible for resulting damages. Call Los Angeles car accident attorney Joshua Glotzer today to request a free consultation and learn more about your legal options. It is important to act quickly, so do not hesitate to call now.
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