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National Beer Day – How You Can Enjoy Yourself AND Stay Safe

National Beer Day is a day that some might take advantage of and may result with life altering consequences.

As Karen Mertes’ life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver. Karen suffered a traumatic injury and was forced to fight through a personal injury litigation battle to get some justice. For some, there isn’t a next chapter.

Don’t let one day – or night – of reckless drinking negatively impact your life and the lives around you.

Here are 5 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person soberer; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.

Enjoy the holiday, but don’t let one night change your entire life!


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How to Detect Drunk Drivers — Be a Defensive Driver

drunkJust because you’re sober on the road, doesn’t mean that the driver next to you is. Being alert is key to being a defensive driver – don’t get blindsided by those on the road that are putting you and your passengers lives in danger. Here are some tips on how to detect drunk drivers:

  • Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:
    • Making wide turns
    • Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
    • Almost striking an object or vehicle
    • Driving on the wrong side of the road
    • Driving at a very slow speed
    • Stopping without cause
    • Braking erratically
    • Responding slowly to traffic signals
    • Turning abruptly or illegally
    • Driving after dark with headlights off

Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.

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Cracking The Cold Shower Myth and more – Facts about Drinking and Driving

With the holidays just a week away, parties are being held and drinks are being poured. Resist the urge to drive home after having “just a few” this holiday season. Don’t put your life and the lives of others in your hands by getting behind the wheel.

Here are 11 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person soberer; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.drunk_driving
  1. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  2. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  3. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  4. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  5. In 2010, of the fatalities among children ages 14 and younger, 17 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  6. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Take this time to show your thanks for your loved ones and those around you. Have a happy and safe holiday!


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Happy Independence Day!

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Be safe and enjoy the 4th! A big thank you to those who fought and continue to fight for our country to be free!


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Above quote excerpted from Plaintiff 101: The Black Book of Inside Information Your Lawyer Will Want You To Know.

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Karen Mertes Discusses What to Do When You’re Hit By a Drunk Driver

karen-mertes-radio-interviewDid you know that 41% of car accident fatalities occur on New Year’s Eve? New Years Eve is considered one of the most dangerous nights on the road.

Back in December, on an episode entitled, “The Eve Before New Years Eve,” Karen Mertes gives a compelling radio interview on Late Night Parents with Ted Hicks. She discusses her book, “Plaintiff 101,” and shares her story as a survivor of a drunk driving accident.

You can listen now on PodOmatic!

Click here to listen as Karen and Ted discuss the perils of drunk driving and specifically, how the increase in alcohol consumption combined with travel increases the incidence of drunk driving accidents during the holiday period.

In her book, she explains all the steps you need to take as an injured victim, including what you should do at the scene of the accident that can benefit you greatly down the road. Learn all this and how to win a million dollar case with her best-selling book!

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Karen Mertes on “Late Night Parents” TONIGHT at 8:30 PM EST

New Year’s Drinks, Crashes and Fatalities

Karen Mertes, Auto injury survivor, professional speaker, Founder and President of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., and Author of #1 Amazon Best Seller “Plaintiff 101,” will appear on New York-based radio talk show, Late Night Parents with Ted Hicks THIS EVENING, 12/30/15 at 8:30 PM EST.

In just a few moments, be sure to tune in LIVE and learn more about Plaintiff 101!

Did you know that 41% of car accident fatalities occurred on New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year with a 23% increase in travel, compared to the average number of long distance trips during the rest of the year. About 91% of travel over the holidays is done by motor vehicle to domestic locations (99%).

Combine this extra travel with lots of parties and an increase in alcohol consumption, and it is a recipe for more car accidents.

Karen Mertesa Drunk Driving Victim herself and creator of “PLAINTIFF 101” shares with us her story of unfortunate circumstance. She also takes an in-depth look inside the courtroom at the coverage of the legal and technical issues that arise in a drunk driving case.

The bottom line is that you should never drive “buzzed,” drunk, or fatigued and should always allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Look at the questions below as they outline how to lessen your chances of being a victim this year and what to do if you are one.

Karen Mertes will answer the following questions:

  • Why does the New Year’s Eve contribute to more careless driving?
  • Do these fatalities help create the action needed to try and prevent these crashes?
  • Will drinking accidents ever be under control?
  • What is the fallout from being a victim of a drunk driving accident?
  • As the victim, what are some of the obstacles you deal with on the stand?
  • What kind of questions should you ask to protect yourself financially?
  • What are the financial constraints of litigation proceedings?
  • How can you protect yourself from the many pitfalls that plaintiffs face?

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