This time of year, many people across the nation are excited about the NFL’s biggest game of the year, the Super Bowl. It is a time for friends and family to gather and enjoy food and football. It often means consuming alcohol, which, unfortunately, can also lead to car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the day of the NFL Championship game is one of the biggest days of the year for fatal traffic accidents. In fact, Louisiana has the highest fatal traffic accident rate per capita in the nation on Super Bowl Sunday.

One expert points out that though the trend is concerning, the study doesn’t look at the precise causes of the accidents. This means that there could be other factors besides the Super Bowl that cause the increase. However, a law enforcement official also points out that impaired driving is often a byproduct of people getting together to watch the game. He also stresses that it is a preventable factor, whether it is to blame for the rise in accidents or not.

Officials stress that people should make use of designated sober drivers on the day of the game and for people to make sure to eat and not just consume alcohol. They also remind people who host Super Bowl parties that they could face claims for financial responsibility in the event of an accident due to the intoxicated driving, if they were the one who served the driver alcohol. For drivers who are sober and want to protect themselves against intoxicated drivers, wearing a seatbelt and driving defensively are two of the simplest safety measures.

No matter the day of the year, getting into an accident with an intoxicated driver is a risk all drivers face. For those who are unfortunate enough to be hurt or have a loved one hurt in a crash with a negligent driver, there are ways to hold the driver and others responsible accountable for their actions. An attorney here in Louisiana with comprehensive knowledge of personal injury law pertaining to car accidents can help victims through civil litigation and fight for their rights.