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Safety Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving During the Super Bowl

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Safety Tips to Avoid Drunk Driving During the Super Bowl

It’s the big game day as the Patriots take on the Falcons on Super Bowl Sunday. We hope you will enjoy the game and stay safe.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party, it’s important to take some basic precautions that will avoid putting yourself and others in danger.

Super Bowl safety tips

Cooper Hurley legal assistant Candace Freeman is supporting the Falcons

During times like Super Bowl Sunday and holidays, the number of wrecks caused by drunk drivers typically spikes. Here are some safety tips.

1 – Avoid drinking too much alcohol too quickly. Pace yourself for a long game.

2 – Do not get behind the wheel of your car if you have been consuming alcohol.

3 – Designate a sober person before the Super Bowl party begins and give them the car keys of drinkers.

4 – If you feel impaired, don’t even think about driving home.

5 – Make sure you have contact numbers for taxi cab services or ride share services like Uber and Lyft before the party begins.

6 – Don’t let friends drive drunk. Take their keys and don’t let them out of your sight if you fear they are impaired.

7 – If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, include non-alcoholic beverages and make sure there’s plenty of food for guests.

8 – Stop serving alcohol at the beginning of the third quarter of the game.

Every year drunk driving claims lives in Virginia. On our website, we highlight how 7, 591 crashes were linked to drunk driving in 2015. Tragically, 247 of these were fatal auto accidents.

Alcohol was a factor in almost a third of all fatal crashes in Virginia in 2015. DUI crashes caused 4,917 injuries in the Commonwealth -  7.6 percent of all traffic injuries.

The number of accidents linked to alcohol has steadily declined over the last two decades as enforcement and education efforts have increased. However, one death or injury caused by a drunk driver is one too many.

Typically, we see a rise in DUI accidents over the holidays and when big sporting events are underway.

Enjoy the Super Bowl and good luck. Please stay safe on the roads of Virginia and North Carolina.

If you have been injured in a wreck, call our experienced Hampton Roads personal injury team at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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