Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC
Start With A Free Consultation
203-285-3593

Pedestrians and drivers are at risk for injury over St. Patrick's Day

We all know that driving while intoxicated is dangerous and against the law. But people rarely think that walking while drunk is a problem. Legally, it isn't as much of an issue as drunk driving, although you could be cited for public intoxication or drunk and disorderly conduct.

The greater danger of being drunk as a pedestrian is the potential for injury. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that 35 percent of pedestrians who were hit and killed by cars in 2014 had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was at or above the legal limit (.08 percent).

Over the St. Patrick's Day holiday, the risk of injuries due to alcohol increases for pedestrians and drivers. Drunk driving accidents are common during the week of St. Patrick's Day. This year, the holiday is on March 17th, but the weekends before and after St. Patrick's Day are dangerous as well. Many St. Patrick's Day parties take place on the weekends, and bars are likely to be crowded with people celebrating on the 17th.

What can you do if you are injured?

If you are injured by another person's negligence during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period, speak with a lawyer to learn about your options. Drunk drivers can be held liable for injuries to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. You can seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

In some drunk driving accident cases, plaintiffs have an additional source of compensation: the bar or establishment that over-served the driver. Under Connecticut's dram shop liability law, establishments that sell alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person may be liable for injuries that person causes. Dram shop liability cases are complex, so you will need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Free Consultation

Let’s Do This Together. Call or use our form below to tell us about your case and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC 37 Broadway, 1st Floor North Haven, CT 06473 Toll Free: 866-530-7228 Phone: 203-285-3593 Fax: 203-234-6330 North Haven Law Office Map