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New Year's Eve and Personal Injury Risk

Dec. 27, 2020

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, New Year’s Eve will likely draw out the partiers tired of being pent up and ready for a new year. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve remains one of the deadliest driving days nationwide because of the role of alcohol in celebrations, the fact that so many individuals travel for the holidays even when fatigued and simply because more people out on the road equals more crashes.

The New Year’s Day holiday period varies in length depending on the day the celebration falls. New Year’s Day will be on a Friday this year, so the holiday extends from Thursday to Sunday. The National Safety Council estimates there will be 384 traffic fatalities this New Year’s holiday.

While car crashes are the most common source of injuries, others are possible. Common New Year’s Eve injuries include:

  • Drunk driving injuries

    • Head injuries, including concussion and traumatic brain injuries

    • Broken bones

    • Whiplash

    • Facial lacerations and contusions

    • Spinal injuries

  • Burns from fireworks – even sparklers can reach temperatures of 1800 to 3000 degrees. Combine fireworks or sparklers with alcohol and it’s a recipe for injury.

  • Alcohol poisoning – binge drinking is common on New Year’s Eve. Why start the new year with a hangover?

  • Firearms injuries – some individuals choose firearms instead of fireworks for their revelry but what goes up must come down. Plenty of injuries result from stray bullets.

If you don’t want to start the new year out with an injury to yourself or someone else, read on for our tips on staying safe and preserving your rights.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE:

  • Buckle up. The National Safety Council states that seat belts when used are 45 percent effective at saving lives of front-seat auto passengers.

  • Drive sober. In 2018, the latest period for which statistics are available, alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 29 percent of total traffic deaths. The statistic was higher for New Year’s with 39 percent of fatalities resulting from alcohol-impaired driving.

  • Drive slowly. There’s no reason to stay home and hide under a rock if you have a safe celebration you want to attend, but take an extra measure of caution when traveling.

  • Plan to take a ride-share for any outings.

  • Walk and patronize a local restaurant. Refrain from overindulging on the sauce if you are walking home because walking drunk can lead to injury.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE INJURED:

  • Seek medical attention. If your injuries are severe or concerning, don’t delay seeking medical treatment. Seeking medical attention in a timely manner is one of the most important aspects of a personal injury case.

  • Call the police. If you’re involved in a car wreck with any injuries, call the police to document the scene. Get a copy of the police report.

  • Take photos. If possible, take photos to document the scene. Call a friend or family member to help you if you are hurt. Be sure you have our accident guide in your car in case of a crash.

  • Call a Dallas personal injury attorney. If you’ve been seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence, call us. Our personal injury team will go to work to prepare and file your case to help you preserve your rights. Do not leave your settlement up to the insurance companies. Get representation.

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