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You can avoid tragedy without avoiding holiday celebrations

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, many people in Tarrant County, Johnson County and other areas in Texas will have to manage their schedules carefully to accommodate all the social activities typical at this time of the year. Along with company parties, you might join social gatherings after work and plan get-togethers with family and friends on the weekends. The time leading up to Thanksgiving and all the way through to New Year's celebrations will abound with opportunities to consume alcohol.

Unfortunately, even if you arrange for a designated driver every time to avoid drunk driving, there will always be others who will make sure that alcohol causes the season's good cheer to turn into sadness. Highway safety data indicates an alarming increase in not only DUI arrests but also alcohol-related crashes during these weeks. Sadly, many of these accidents result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Important facts about alcohol

Most people know that too much drinking causes impairment, but how do you known when it is too much? Keep the following points in mind when next you join in the festivities:

  • Regardless of the type of alcohol consumed, they all deliver similar effects.
  • The alcohol content of different kinds of drinks varies, and one-and-a-half ounces of whiskey or other hard liquor will have the same impact as six ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer.
  • After consuming alcohol, the metabolic process takes hours, regardless of how many cups of coffee you drink.
  • Beware of punch served at an office party. Fruit juices and other ingredients typically disguise the contents, and you might not realize how much alcohol you consume.

Plan your parties wisely

There is no need for you to avoid the fun and festivities of the holiday season. The following responsible planning steps might increase your chances of getting home safely after consuming alcohol:

  • Assume the availability of alcohol at any occasion to which you accept an invitation.
  • Assign one designated driver to drive you and your friends home. That person must consume no alcohol at the event.
  • Spending a few dollars on a cab to drive you home is another option.
  • Food can slow down the speed at which alcohol enters your bloodstream, and for that reason, some choose to limit their alcohol intake to hourly drinks enjoyed while eating food. However, that will not eliminate the need for a designated driver or a cab.
  • If you host a celebration at which you serve alcohol, and an accident occurs that involves one of your guests after leaving your party; you could be held legally responsible.

In addition, if you are involved in a crash caused by the negligence of another driver, and law enforcement detects the slightest alcohol odor on your breath, it might suggest that you contributed to the accident.

How will you recover damages?

If you are the victim of a crash resulting from another driver's inability to plan responsibly and arrange for a designated driver, you will likely have to deal with unanticipated medical expenses and lost income, not to mention emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately, the civil justice system of Texas allows you to pursue financial relief. Legal counsel is available to assist you with the navigation of a personal injury lawsuit.

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