Sometimes you can’t avoid driving home late at night. Whether you or your group of friends have chosen to imbibe or not, driving home in a cab or with a designated driver after midnight is a common occurrence when one is out and about on the weekend. But, even when you are careful, there may be others on the road who are not. Night time is the time when most people are careless about getting behind the wheel. They fail to use their seatbelts. They fall asleep or become distracted by other devices while driving and speeding. During the month, weekends show a spike in accident activity as more people are out socializing and taking weekend road trips. A good percentage of those involved in accidents from speeding or drunk driving also fail to wear seatbelts.
In many cities and towns, bars remain open until 2 a.m., 4 a.m., or all night long, depending on regulations and liquor licensing. Without the “last call” many customers stay until they can no longer think, see or drive. People also do their errands in the evenings and night time hours, when there isn’t enough time during the day while at work. We can’t prevent driving to and from our places of interest, and sometimes we stay out later than we want to due to celebrations, parties, traffic, weather, or other obstacles that prevent us from arriving home before midnight. If you do find yourself having to drive during the peak accident hours, here are some tips:
- Wear a seatbelt, and insist that all passengers wear seatbelts also.
- Pay attention to your speed.
- Be aware of any unusual road signs or markings.
- Never drink and drive.
- Never drive as a passenger with someone who has been drinking.
- Don’t multitask or use your cell phone.
- Be cautious when weather conditions interfere with standard driving.
Being involved in an accident from someone who was drunk or distracted while driving is a horrifying event for all victims and drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved, or killed, as a result of a drunk or distracted driving accident, the blame will take all forms and will include a thorough investigation of the case and scene of the accident—before, during and after. When you put your case in the hands of a competent lawyer in New York who can assist you with this type of lawsuit, your compensation will arrive sooner than later. Stay safe, and be aware of the times of day when most accidents occur in and around your city and places of travel.