We like to think of a new year as a new start, a chance to change the things that need changed. We want to put aside our past mistakes and make better choices for ourselves and our lives. The turning of one year to the next is one of our best chances to really evaluate where we are in life and where we want to be.
Unfortunately, too many people continue to make the same bad choices year after year, and one of those choices in particular is strongly associated with the new year. Despite years and years of education, too many people are driving drunk on New Year’s Eve.
The statistics are sobering. Each year:
- 140 people are killed in drunk driving accidents on New Year’s Day
- Almost half of all accidents on New Year’s Day are drunk driving related
- Thousands of people are injured by others who have chosen to drink and drive
Drunk driving is always dangerous, but it can be even more dangerous on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day because of weather conditions. Snow and ice are common on roadways in many parts of America during the end of December and the beginning of January. These types of conditions are dangerous to drive in no matter what, but are even more dangerous at night due to the existence of black ice and limited visibility. Drunk driving significantly impairs a person’s ability to drive, which combined with slippery roads is a recipe for disaster.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, it can be very discouraging to see people continuing to take part in this dangerous behavior year after year. Please contact an experienced attorney who can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to, and who can help you discourage others from drunk driving each year.