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How to Avoid a Maryland Drunk Driving Accident

Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia

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3/12/2011
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While we can't control the actions of other drivers, we can take certain precautions to reduce our risk of an accident. One of these actions is avoiding drunk driving at all costs.

There are many factors that can lead to intoxication, a state in which you should never get behind the wheel. Even if you have a pretty good grasp on your body's response to alcohol, the events of the day or evening should be considered. Ask yourself the following questions: What type of drink did I have? How many? Did I eat anything while I was drinking? How long has it been since I finished my drink?

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to assess your level of intoxication:
  • Alcohol does affect people differently. If you are a smaller person, female or have a lot of body fat, you are more likely to get drunk from a small amount of alcohol.
  • Eating food while drinking helps slow down the body's absorption of alcohol. 
  • It is always a good idea to have a back-up plan, whether it be a sober friend at the party or someone on-call who is willing to pick you up. This will help you avoid a situation where you feel it is "necessary" to drive drunk.

If you have to ask yourself if you are too drunk to drive, it is best to play it safe and hitch a ride home.

Our Maryland car accident lawyers help victims of drunk drivers. Contact the experienced Maryland car accident attorneys at Nickelsporn & Lundin at 301-942-9118 or toll-free, 1-800-975-8700, if you or a family member has been injured in an alcohol-related crash.

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