New Year’s Eve Can Be Dangerous for Many
2020 has been a challenging year. With the new year approaching, people are ready to put last year behind them. Last year at this time, many of us were looking forward to what 2020 had in store, excited by the possibilities. Unfortunately, the coronavirus had other plans, completely upending life as we knew it.
Just two months into the new year, COVID-19 reared its ugly head, stopping the world in its tracks. With the news and distribution of the two FDA-approved vaccines, many are hopeful that 2021 will allow us to get back on our feet and return to some semblance of normalcy.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated days of the year, and this year will be no exception. While celebrations may look a bit different this year in light of spiking cases, the vaccine, and stay at home orders, it’s important to remember just how dangerous a holiday New Year’s Eve can be.
At Shamieh Law, the safety and well-being of our clients remain a top priority. We understand that a trying year has been, yet we encourage you to be mindful of your actions and decisions this upcoming holiday. Looking ahead to 2021, we are hopeful. However, if you suffer an injury on New Year’s because of another person’s negligence or misconduct, contact Shamieh Law right away.
Our experienced Dallas personal injury lawyers are here for you and will do everything we can to ensure justice is served. We know the last thing you want to deal with during the holidays – especially this year – is an injury caused by someone else. Unfortunately, preventable accidents happen all the time, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. To learn more about your options following a Dallas New Year’s Eve accident, contact Shamieh Law today.
Common New Year’s Eve Accidents
As we approach one of the busiest days of the year, it’s essential we take the time to understand common New Year’s Eve accidents. Knowledge is power, and it is our hope that by looking at the types of accidents that usually occur during this busy holiday, you can take the proper steps to stay safe. According to data from the National Safety Council, one in 10 accidents in December and January occur over the New Year’s holiday.
The most common New Year’s accidents that take place include:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents following fireworks
- Champagne cork injuries and accidents
New Year’s Accident and Injury Statistics
The National Safety Council estimates approximately 380 people may die on U.S. roads this upcoming New Year’s holiday, even amid the ongoing pandemic. To help you understand how dangerous New Year’s Eve and Day historically are, here are a handful of telling statistics:
- More than 1,000 people die in fatal car accidents on New Year’s Eve or Day.
- In 2018, there were 916 fatal crashes, 1,004 fatalities, and 341 deadly accidents caused by drunk drivers.
- Texas led the nation in fatal crashes on New Year’s (188), followed by Florida (167) and California (154).
- The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that drunk driving fatalities increase by 25% during Christmas and 50% over the New Year’s holiday.
- Drunk driving causes 42% of deaths that occur on or around New Year’s Eve.
- People between the ages of 21 and 24 are most likely to be involved in drunk driving-related accidents on New Year’s.
We hope these statistics provide a better understanding of how deadly New Year’s can be. If a drunk driver injured you or otherwise suffered an injury over the holiday, contact Shamieh Law immediately and schedule a free consultation.
Injuries That Follow New Year’s Eve Accidents
The injuries sustained in New Year’s Eve accidents vary and will depend on a host of factors. However, some of the most common injuries we see include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chest injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ bleeding
New Year’s Eve Safety Tips
The last thing anyone wants to deal with this holiday season, in particular, are injuries caused by a Dallas New Year’s Eve accident. 2020 was challenging enough, and adding an accident as we move into the new year is something no one should have to face. The following safety tips aim to keep you and your loved ones free and clear of any injuries or damages this New Year’s holiday:
- Do not drive, even if you have only had a small amount to drink.
- Designate a sober driver before going out.
- Abide by local ordinances and do not gather in large groups to avoid spreading COVID-19.
- Do not let anyone get behind the wheel if they were drinking.
- If you see a drunk driver, pull over and call 911.
- Do not use fireworks or firearms.
- Make a plan before you leave your house.
- If you are drinking, be sure and eat, so you have food in your stomach.
- Opt for a virtual celebration this year from the comfort and safety of your home.
This year may be different from years past, but it’s important to remember the above safety tips when celebrating this year. If you were injured in an accident this New Year’s, contact Shamieh Law and schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable lawyers today.