Welcoming the new year is always a reason to celebrate, but from drunk drivers on the road to icy surfaces to drinking too much and more, New Year’s isn’t always the safest holiday. Here is a look at some of the most common New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day accidents, tips for staying safe, and what to do if you are hurt this holiday–
One of the biggest killers and causes of injury on New Year’s are car accidents. Indeed, the International Business Times reports that during the holiday season, drunk driving accidents surge by about 25 percent, and DUI charges are higher during New Year’s weekend (and Thanksgiving weekend) than at any other time during the year. In addition to the number of drunk drivers on the road, icy conditions, people driving while late and in unfamiliar areas, and more traffic all contribute to the spike in crashes.
Gunfire and Fireworks
It’s pretty irresponsible to fire a gun in celebration of the new year, but careless or not, thousands of people do it. In fact, in TIME magazine’s write-up of “4 Ways that People Get Hurt on New Year’s Eve,” the article reports that stray bullets kill dozens of people annually. Combined with alcohol consumption, weapons can be incredibly dangerous.
And weapons aren’t the only things that are dangerous; fireworks–which are fun and a common way to ring in the new year–are very risky too. In 2015, there were about 11,000 firework-related injuries reported.
Slip and Fall Accidents
While a slip and fall accident can happen at any time of the year, New Year’s in Massachusetts is often accompanied by bad weather, which increases the risk of a slip and fall due to wet, slippery, or unstable walking conditions. When this is combined with alcohol consumption–and sometimes at unsafe levels–which impairs balance and stability, walking on unsafe surfaces can be especially treacherous.
Taking Action after a New Year’s Accident
At the law offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, we hope that you have a safe and happy New Year’s, and that your holiday season has been nothing but merry and bright. If you are harmed this year, or at any point during 2018, we hope that you know that you can call our Massachusetts personal injury lawyer who has over 30 years’ experience handling injury cases. Deborah Gold-Alexander can help you to understand your rights to bring forth a personal injury claim when someone else is to blame for harm you have suffered, file your claim, calculate your damages, and negotiate for the settlement that you deserve.
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