The Chicago Tribune wrote a story yesterday on a subject that is particularly timely this holiday season: the use of designated drivers. Many Chicagoans will partake in festivities in the next few weeks where spirits will be flowing freely. However, the excitement of the season will be marred by some partygoers who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired.
The statistics are sobering. So far this year, 248 Illinoisans have been killed in alcohol-related crashes. Nationwide around 11,000 people die yearly because of drunk drivers. Over 1/3 of all car crashes have alcohol-impaired driving as a cause.
The prevalence of the problem has led to burgeoning ways to make safer traveling choices this season. Nationwide over 28 professional designated driving services are available to help revelers enjoy their evening safely. Some of these services operate “on-call” while others can be arranged for specific times. For example, in Chicago a company known as “Be My Designated Driver” provides a variety of safe traveling services to those who want to enjoy a night without worrying about driving. Many of these services use the driver’s own car.
Our Chicago car accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti urge all drivers to be smart and safe on the roads this season. Use designated drivers. Take a cab. Use public transit. Walk to close locations. The consequences are too high to risk harming yourself, a loved one, or a fellow traveler. If you happen to get caught in the crosshairs of the negligence of another driver, be sure to contact our car accident lawyers to protect your legal interests.
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