Avoid a Potentially Deadly New Year's Eve
We’ve been talking about and will continue to remind our readers and clients of the fact that car crashes and especially wrecks involving drunk drivers increase dramatically during the holiday season. There are just so many factors at work this time of year that may increase the likelihood of a crash. It gets dark earlier so people can’t see as well when driving. People travel great distances even when fatigued. And many people drink a little too much on festive or stressful occasions.
It may surprise you to learn that New Year’s Eve is ranked the fifth deadliest holiday for vehicle crashes, but it should be no surprise whatsoever to hear that drinking and driving plays a significant role in those crashes. New Year’s Eve into the wee hours of New Year’s Day is particularly deadly for pedestrians who opt to bar hop on foot or within their neighborhoods, according to the National Safety Council.
This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a weekday, which may play a role in decreasing traffic to some degree, but since many people do take off the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, count on plenty of drivers out and about during evening hours making the most of their time off and possibly blowing off family-related holiday steam.
What should you do if injured by a drunk driver?
If you have been hurt by a drunk driver, our first priority will be to make sure you are being cared for. We want you to get the help you need. Your healing is the absolute first priority.
If you were hit by a drunk driver, their insurance will be liable for your injuries and property damage. The driver will likely face increased insurance premiums and even criminal charges.
If you were hit by a drunk driver who was served in a public place like a bar or restaurant, that person AND the commercial entity may bear financial responsibility. Negligence cases are difficult but not impossible to prove. If you’ve been injured because someone else was over-served at a local bar, seek the help of a seasoned Dallas personal injury attorney to assist you with your case. You can read more about dram shop cases in our blog post, Dram Shop 101.
What happens if I’m injured by an underage driver?
If you were hit by an underage drunk driver who was served in a private home, the host who served the alcohol may also bear responsibility. It’s illegal to serve underage persons, so those who serve alcohol to youth can be held financially liable for any injuries caused under Texas’ social host law.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, a Dallas personal injury attorney can advise you. Our personal injury team will fight for the full level of compensation you deserve, and your personal injury settlement or recovery will likely be much higher if you are represented by a qualified personal injury attorney.
Need legal help? Contact our office at 972-ASK-CHAD for a free consultation. And please stay safe this holiday season!