Over 300 people are killed by drunk drivers each year in the U.S. during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Drinking and driving makes this week one of the deadliest of the entire year.

Between 2012 and 2016, the month of December alone saw over 14,000 people die, and nearly a third of those deaths were caused by drunk driving.

According to the National Institutes of Health, myths about drunk driving persist and make the problem worse. One such myth is that if someone stops drinking alcohol and switches to coffee, the caffeine will help them sober up and counteract the alcohol. While the coffee may help counteract drowsiness, it will do nothing to counteract the impairments to  judgment, perception, and reaction speed which all make drunk driving so dangerous.

Many bars and restaurants follow this myth and continue to serve patrons who are obviously drunk if the person also orders coffee or other caffeinated beverages.

However, North Carolina and most other states make it illegal for bars and restaurants to serve someone who is obviously intoxicated. That level of intoxication becomes apparent far before the person is “falling-down drunk.” Yet the bars continue to sell them alcohol.

At the Miller Law Group, our top-rated car accident lawyers have over 50 years of combined experience in handling drunk driving cases. We know what you’re entitled to recover and how to get you the most for your claim.

Additionally, our lawyers can consult with you on the best ways to use your claim to protect your family, friends, and community from this drunk driver and others. Contact us today by clicking here for our website contact form, or calling us at 919-348-4361. The consultation is free, and your decision to stand up for your own rights could save another person’s life. Let us show you how.

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