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New Years Eve Celebrate Responsibly2020 truly took an unexpected turn when the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly across the globe. As we enter the new year, this global pandemic still continues to challenge us in many ways. With stay-at-home orders in place, people are limited to how they will spend their New Year’s Eve (NYE). However, that hasn’t stopped countless people from traveling over holidays and attending large gatherings. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates an increase in the number of car accidents and fatalities this New Year’s due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you prepare your New Year’s Eve plans, be mindful of all possible dangers that may arise throughout the night. Whether you are spending a night out with friends or at home watching the ball drop on television, it is important to practice basic safety procedures no matter where you ring in the new year.

 

NYE DUI: Drunk Driving and Marijuana-Related Accidents

New Year’s Eve is generally synonymous with alcohol consumption. To add fuel to the fire, champagne has become known as an iconic symbol for New Year’s. The countless liquor-infused celebrations are the reason why drunk driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities on NYE. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, more reckless drivers and distracted driving accidents have been reported as a result of emptier roads. The mandatory stay-at-home order has caused a significant reduction in traffic, which has led many drivers to ease up on basic traffic safety laws. 

Compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71 percent more auto accidents involving an intoxicated driver between December 31 and January 1. Remember, intoxicated driving isn’t only limited to alcohol; “Drive high, get a DUI”. Marijuana-related traffic accidents are on the rise in California. Also keep in mind, drug-related and drunk driving accidents could be record-breaking this New Year’s Eve with an increase of reckless drivers on the road. 

Sobering Drunk Driving Statistics:

  • DUI arrests peak between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. 
  • Between Christmas and New Year’s, 39 percent of traffic collisions involve drunk drivers. 
  • Between 2011 and 2015, there was an average of 245 fatal traffic accidents on New Year’s.
  • Drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives a year. 
  • Approximately 30 people die every day in America from a drunk driving accident, which calculates to one death every 50 minutes. 

 

If you plan on going out on New Year’s Eve, you can reduce the likelihood of getting into an alcohol-related accident by:

  • Coordinating a designated driver.
  • Make plans to stay with someone or somewhere. 
  • Do not get into a car if you suspect the driver is intoxicated (either drunk or high).
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, call a taxi, car service, sober friend/family member to take you home.
  • If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, immediately call 911 to report it.

If you or a loved one are involved in a drunk driving accident due to the negligence of another party, contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your legal options. The DUI accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can help you hold the intoxicated driver accountable for their actions and get you the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call 949-727-9300.

 

How to Detect a Drunk Driver or Drugged Driver

Although you may be responsible and take all necessary precautions to ensure a safe evening, others on the road may not. Below are quick tips on how to spot an intoxicated driver, so that you can avoid them as best as possible and report them to the police. 

You may be sharing the road with a drunk driver if the suspected vehicle is doing any of the following:

  • Quick acceleration or deceleration.
  • Tailgating.
  • Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles.
  • Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle.
  • Stopping without cause or erratic braking.
  • Weaving or drifting in and out of traffic lanes.

 

Contact an Experienced DUI Accident Attorney!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving or DUI accident caused by the negligence of another party, you should discuss your legal options with a DUI injury attorney as you may be entitled to compensation. The car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates can help you recover compensation for your damages. For more information or to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney, call 949-727-9300.