While football fans are gearing up for the February 2nd showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, fans should also be mindful of the serious dangers they face if they choose to drive on Super Bowl Sunday.
Increased Risks of Fatal Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Superbowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road.
This opinion is bolstered by a recent study from the University of Toronto. The study looked at crash data for 27 Super Bowl Sundays between 1975 and 2001, and specifically compared Superbowl Sunday to an average Sunday.
The study concluded that crash fatalities increased by 41% after the Superbowl. Moreover, the study determined that the hour immediately following the game was the most dangerous time to be on the roadway. Personal injury attorneys in Florida, as well as law enforcement, attribute the increased danger to alcohol and distracted driving, including texting while driving.
Use a Designated Driver or Ride Sharing Service for Super Bowl Sunday
Anyone who drives on Superbowl Sunday should have a plan to keep safe. If you intend on consuming alcohol, you should designate a sober driver ahead of time, contact a ride-sharing service like Lyft or Uber, or call them a taxi.
Party Hosts Don’t Let Guests Drive Drunk
If hosting a Superbowl Party and one of your guests has had too much to drink, make arrangements to have them driven home. Either have another sober guest drive them home or make arrangements for a Lyft or Uber driver to make sure they make it home safely.
If you do find yourself a victim of a car crash on Superbowl Sunday, know your rights and contact a Jupiter or Port St. Lucie Auto Accident Attorney