Super Bowl Safety
The Super Bowl is one of America’s biggest sporting events each year. Friends and families often gather for parties, and bars and lounges often hold special super bowl events. With festivities everywhere, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and overindulge on alcohol. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) has provided some super bowl safety tips for those planning on attending or hosting a super bowl party.
If you are planning on attending a super bowl party it is imperative that safety comes first. The Maryland MVA recommends predesignating a sober driver (before the party) and giving them the keys to drive. Also, while enjoying the festivities partygoers should pace themselves on the drinks while making sure to eat, take breaks, and alternate drinks with nonalcoholic beverages. If you are out and about and have been drinking it is advised that you call a cab, ask a sober friend for a ride, or request an Uber/cab. If all fails however, sleeping at your current location is a better option than drinking and driving. Finally, if you are attending a super bowl party always buckle up. It’s your best defense against other impaired drivers.
Super Bowl enthusiasts looking to host a Super Bowl party must put safety first. First, as a party host you should never overserve your guests as you can be held liable under Florida’s Liquor Liability/House Party law. Pursuant to that law, if you overserve a guest and he/she causes injury to him/herself or others, you are responsible for the damages.
Additionally, as host you should ensure each guest has a safe way home and arrange a safe ride for any guest that is drinking. Hosting a party also means you should be prepared with plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. At the end of the third quarter you can serve coffee and desserts while cutting off the alcohol to help reduces the risks of impaired driving.
While the Super Bowl is an American tradition enjoyed by many, it can have lasting negative consequences if safety is not put first. Impaired driving, a major issue on super bowl Sunday, can leave victims with injuries, financial loss or even fatality. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or financial loss stemming from an impaired driver’s negligence it is important you know who to call.
Who to Call
The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz have over 50 years experience in personal injury law including injuries arising out of house parties and liquor liability law. Our 6 offices located in Southwest Florida are conveniently located in Fort Myers (2 offices), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.