by Texas Christian Injury Lawyer Tim O’Hare
This time of year is among the most deadly times to be on U.S. roadways — in fact, Christmas and New Year’s both rank in the top 10 for most dangerous times to be on the road. Holiday stress combined with busier than usual roads can lead to more aggressive driving and road rage incidents. Drunk driving is also a contributing factor to the increase in car wrecks during the holiday season.
New Year’s Day consistently ranks in the top five deadliest days of the year, and in most cases, alcohol is a factor. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), January 1 is the No. 1 day of the year for the highest percentage of deaths related to alcohol.
New Year’s celebrations are often served up with a large dose of alcohol. One wrong decision to drink and drive could be deadly for you, or someone else. It is, however, possible to enjoy the holidays without putting your life in danger. Choosing not to drink doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on holiday fun.
Don’t be a victim of drunk driving. Here are three tips to stay safe on the roads this holiday season:
Choose a designated driver. If you’re going to a holiday party and you plan to consume alcohol, plan ahead and select a designated driver or alternative form of transportation. Before you get to the party, know exactly how you will get home. If you’re hosting a party and serving alcohol, be sure to provide plenty of nonalcoholic drink options for the designated drivers.
Avoid late night driving. Nobody wants to be the party pooper who leaves just before the end ball drops on New Year’s Eve. But if it means getting home safely, it’s worth it. Leave the party early so you can avoid the late night rush of potentially dangerous drivers and start 2018 off in one piece.
Drive in the right lane. Sticking to the right lane can save your life from drunk drivers, and wrong-way drivers alike. Often times drunk drivers drift out of their lane or into oncoming traffic. The further you are to the right of the road, the better your chances of avoiding being sideswiped or hit head-on by a drunk driver.
Stay safe this New Year’s Eve. Plan ahead and make smart choices to keep yourself and others safe.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of drunk driving, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare for a free consultation with a Dallas car accident injury attorney.
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