This Sunday, the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl 50. Whether you are planning to watch the game at a sports bar, a friend’s house or you are hosting your own Super Bowl party, we would like to remind you to keep safety a priority while cheering your team to victory.
On Super Bowl Sunday, the number of auto accident fatalities increases from 31 percent to an average of 40 percent every year. This includes crashes during the game and in the hours following the game, which is typically the most dangerous time to be on the road.
If you plan to attend a Super Bowl party or watch the game at a sports bar, there are several precautionary measures you can take to ensure you and your friends get home safely.
- Designate a driver or plan to stay at a friend’s house. Give your keys to that person at the beginning of the party so you are not tempted to drive.
- Pace yourself. The Super Bowl typically lasts three and a half hours, so make sure you do not drink too quickly and have plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
- Eat. Do not drink on an empty stomach; you will become intoxicated more quickly.
- Do not let your friends drink and drive. If you notice your friend has had too much to drink and is planning to drive, take their keys. Make sure they either stay where they are and sleep it off or find a designated driver for them.
- Buckle-Up. During and after the Super Bowl is a dangerous time to be on the road. Your best defense against other drunk or distracted drivers is to wear your seat belt.
If you are hosting your own Super Bowl party this year, here are some ways you can help your guests stay safe and have fun.
- Plan party games. There are many safe and fun games you can play during the Super Bowl to keep your guests from consuming too much alcohol. For example, you can split up the fans of each team. Every time the opposing team makes a touch down or scores a field goal, have them do 10 push-ups. This will keep your party full of energy and keep the focus away from alcohol.
- Serve high-protein snacks. Foods that are higher in protein will absorb some of the alcohol your guests may consume. Also make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available.
- Be sure all of your guests have a designated driver. At the beginning of the night, make sure everyone has a designated driver. If they do not, help them arrange a ride with a sober driver.
- Stop serving alcohol at the beginning of the third quarter. You can offer coffee and desserts at this time, allowing your guests time to sober up.
- If guests plan to drive and begin drinking, take their keys. Remember that you can be held responsible if someone you served at your home ends up in an accident due to drunk driving.
Be Safe This Super Bowl Sunday!
We want you to celebrate safely this Super Bowl Sunday. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson we offer complimentary case evaluations. We can review any settlement offer you have received from the insurance company to determine whether you have a case that may entitle you to receive greater compensation. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain the much needed compensation for your medical bills, future medical treatment, property damage, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.