The phrase “distracted driving” usually brings to mind texting, changing the radio or trying to eat while on the go. However, as car accident lawyers, we know that there is one aspect distracted driving that is often overlooked: emotions. This is rarely more evident on the road than it is during Valentine’s Day.
Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day isn’t always happy and romantic for everyone. If you’ve experienced a recent breakup, the road is no place to take it out. It will only lead to more to more stress and grief. As car accident lawyers, we have seen too many tragedies come from emotions taking the wheel.
While feelings of sadness can be distracting, feelings of road rage can turn criminal. Avoid behaviors like:
- Weaving between lanes
- Failing to signal
- Blocking Lanes
- Laying on the horn
This kind of driving puts both you and others at risk. If you’re feeling particularly upset, consider waiting to make the drive or consider asking someone to carpool.
Emotions aside, Valentine’s Day is also known for having drunk drivers on the road. That’s because romantic Valentine’s Day dinners usually include wine or champagne and it only takes a few glasses to be considered legally drunk.
Even if your date is earlier in the day, you are at risk for getting a DUI or becoming involved in an auto accident. If you’re arranging a date this Valentine’s Day, make sure to also arrange a way to get home safely.
Our team of car accident lawyers hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day. If you or someone you loved has been a victim of someone else’s aggressive or negligent driving, we are here to help. We will put up an aggressive defense to get you the compensation you deserve. Learn more at our website.