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Saint Patrick’s Day
LET THE LEPRECHAUN BE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
Whether you were born Irish or just want to be Irish for the day (like me), Saint Patrick’s Day can be a fun and exciting time of year to get out and enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. While you don’t have to hail from Ireland to take part in a little celebration, you still need to keep your wits about you while the streets fill up with partygoers who may not be as levelheaded as you are. It’s a lot of fun, but there’s still an inherent danger to being around such a large number of people burning the candle at both ends with green beer and Irish whiskey. The sad fact of the matter is that there will be people drinking a little too much, and there will be some people who make a bad decision and get behind the wheel for one reason or another. St. Patrick’s Day is not a day when you want to test the luck of the Irish. Nobody wins when a DUI accident occurs. Whether you’re the one who wakes up in the hospital or the one who wakes up in a jail cell, both sides lose. It’s the same for us. We aren’t here to brag about getting our clients large settlement checks like you see some firms do in their advertisements. Even if we hand you a seven-figure check, that’s still not going to take away the physical pain and emotional scars left behind by another party’s lack of judgment. One night, one too many drinks, one big mistake — that’s all it
takes to ruin lives forever. A big check cannot replace the loss; that is not justice. The pain and suffering lasts long after the green streamers and festive music stop playing. Our focus will always remain on the health and well-being of our clients. Unfortunately, we all live at constant risk of being exposed to these types of accidents, with over one million individuals arrested for driving under the influence in 2016 alone. One of the saddest sentiments we deal with when we take on cases involving drunk drivers is that it all could have been completely avoided. DUI accidents don’t have to happen. By showing more restraint, having a better plan in place, or receiving more exposure to the true horrors of these types of accidents, many of these offenders would never have gotten behind the wheel in the first place. This is one of our greatest passions here, and we’re certainly not alone. In the past, we have partnered with organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and have tried to take a stand against these senseless acts. Prevention starts with having a simple plan to fall back on. There’s no shame in getting roped into having one too many pints at the pub or one too many martinis at the club. Making sure you have an accountability partner, access to a designated driver, or spare money for
a taxi can make a world of difference for your life and the lives of those around you.
–Carmen Dellutri Have fun, be safe, and be responsible this Saint Patrick’s Day. I’ll never know if this story prevents an accident or saves a life, but I know that if I didn’t share it and one of my friends or clients were hurt, I would regret it. If you end up on the wrong end of an accident because of a drunk or negligent driver, you know who to call.
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