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On March 17th, it is common to see large groups of people wearing green and having a Guinness or two. People like to claim that “everyone is Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day, and indeed, this is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States. While this can be a fun celebration to partake in, between the crowds, the traffic, the parades, and the all-day drinking, accidents can and do happen often. If you are involved in an accident on St. Patrick’s Day and believe that someone else is liable for your injury, contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to learn about your legal rights. 

Common Injuries on St. Patrick’s Day 

The combination of large groups of people, large amounts of alcohol, and a festive spirit can often lead to unintentional injuries. Some of the more common injuries that occur on St. Patrick’s Day include: 

 

  • Slip and fall – When restaurants and bars see a large influx of people in their establishment over St. Patrick’s Day, it can become difficult for them to focus on more than simply serving their guests. Spills that are not cleaned up right away can lead to a dangerous slip and fall accident, especially when it is difficult to see the floor due to a crowded space. 

 

 

  • Drunk driving  – A holiday that lends so heavily to alcohol is sadly often associated with drunk driving accidents. When someone gets behind the wheel after a few too many drinks, they are a serious danger to themselves everyone around them. 

 

 

  • Pedestrian accidents – Many people walk to the restaurants and bars on St. Patrick’s Day, which can be a safer alternative to driving. Unfortunately, pedestrians are at risk when crossing the streets, even in a large crowd due to the inflated number of drunk and distracted drivers on the roads during this holiday. 

 

Strategies for Preventing Injuries on St. Patrick’s Day 

When you are having fun in the middle of a crowd, it can be challenging to remember to take certain safety precautions, but going into this holiday with a few strategies for preventing injuries can be helpful. 

  • Designate a sober driver
  • Choose a meetup point in case you are separated from friends
  • Wear bright colors, so you are visible 
  • Keep your phone charged in case of an emergency
  • Be aware of your surroundings and take extra precaution crossing the streets 
  • Opt to hire a rideshare service instead of driving 

Call a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today 

If you are hurt while celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day and believe that another party is at-fault for your injuries, it is advisable to speak with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney right away. At Malman Law, we are dedicated to advocating for the rights of our clients. With over twenty-five years of experience, we understand the fears and frustrations that come along with the event of a serious injury. We are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and learn about your legal rights when another party is liable for your injury. 

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