New Year's Eve 2nd Highest Night for Drunk Driving Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Year's Eve is the second worst night of the year for drunk driving. The most dangerous night of the year is not a large drinking holiday, oddly enough, but instead Thanksgiving. On that night, more Americans will die in drunk driving accidents than on any other night.

How much are we talking about here? Approximately one American will die every 30 minutes, and one American will be injured in a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes.  Across America, people will be taking their lives into their hands if they drive on New Year's Eve.

Protect Yourself On New Year's Eve

Chances are, you've got a New Year's Eve party to get to on Dec. 31st or you may go out to dinner to celebrate early.  If you drink alcohol and get into your car, you're not only risking your own life, but you could be risking the lives of others.  Even if you happen to be a non-drinker, you could find yourself the victim of an accident as the result of someone else's drinking and driving.  Consider the following precautions to take on New Year's Eve to protect yourself:

  • Stay home and party- no driving involved and you can drink to your heart's content
  • Take a cab, bus, or limo- if you're drinking, let a sober person drive you home
  • Spend the night where you party- stay over at your friend's house if you're drinking
  • Wear a seat belt- even if you're in a cab, a drunk driver could hit the cab. Wear a seat belt.

Accidents are unavoidable realities of life.  But the injuries you sustain in a drunk driving accident could remain with you forever.  Your life could forever be altered. If you have been injured in an accident, you should call an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to get you the compensation you need to help repair your life.