New Year’s Eve is a popular time for people to go out and enjoy themselves. While celebrations and gatherings certainly will look different this year, it’s important to be mindful of the possibility of still being hurt in an accident if you chose to leave your home or even run errands on the evening of New Year’s Eve.
Too much drinking is one of the most common causes of New Year’s Eve vehicle accidents. In December 2010, for example, the last date on which the NHTSA was able to gather data on this, over 2,500 individuals passed away in car accidents.
The typical number of fatalities each day associated with drunk driving was an average of 36. However, around the Christmas holidays, this jumped to 45 fatalities per day and an alarming 54 fatalities per day for during the New year’s holiday. Traffic accidents can cause serious injuries, particularly in wrong way incidents on dark roads or when someone has been affected by drugs or alcohol.
These accidents can cause whiplash, facial fractures, paralysis, chest injuries, internal organ bleeding, spinal cord injuries, disfigurement, broken limbs, back sprains and more. To minimize the impact of a car accident on your life, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer immediately after you have been hurt in an accident.
This gives you the best possible opportunity to prepare for your future and to protect your interests if you need to file an accident claim.