Drunk driving has always been a worrying issue in America and the state of New Jersey is no exception. The statistics are gradually improving but are still definitely worrying. In 2018 about 22% of all driving fatalities in the state were caused by alcohol impairment and an even more worrying 27% of driving fatalities in individuals under 21 was attributed to alcohol intoxication.
Sadly, New Year’s Eve and the days surrounding it are considered one of the most dangerous periods to be driving. These already shocking figures almost double, with 40% of fatal road accidents between Christmas and New Years Eve being attributed to alcohol intoxication and more pedestrians lose their lives on New Year’s Day than any other day in the year.
Why Are Drunk Driving Accidents More Common During This Season?
There are several reasons why it seems like there’s a sudden spike in drunk driving incidents during the festive periods. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common factors:
● An increase in road and pedestrian traffic. During the holidays there is a significant increase in the number of road users and pedestrians for various reasons. This increase in road and foot traffic will most likely correspond to an increase in vehicular accidents, as well.
● More people are imbibing alcohol. The holidays are a period of festivity and partying, as well as a lot of drinking. Therefore a lot of people are drinking and unfortunately driving as well. The New Jersey State police department made 1,269 DWI arrests during the 2018 holiday period.
● Poor weather conditions. Snow, sleet, and reduced daylight all make driving during New Year’s Eve more dangerous. Driving under the influence reduces your decision-making skills and reaction time, making it even harder to control your vehicle in such conditions.
● Driving while fatigued. Paradoxically, the holidays are also a very tiring time for a lot of individuals. Visiting relatives, shopping, parties, and all sorts of other hassles leave most people fatigued during the holidays. Couple this with drunk driving and you have a recipe for disaster.
How To Avoid Drunk Driving Accidents on New Year’s Eve
1. Do not consume alcohol if you intend to drive
As obvious as this sounds it is not so easy in practice. The holiday season is full of drinking and festivities. Most people underestimate the intoxicating effects of alcohol or how much alcohol they consumed. Your best bet is to avoid alcohol entirely if you plan on driving.
2. Keep your distance from drivers who appear to be intoxicated
Other drunk drivers also pose a serious threat to your safety. Observe strict road safety measures and watch out for signs of drunk driving in other users. Be wary of other drivers swerving, driving without headlights, using the wrong turn signal or no turn signal at all, riding the curb, straddling both lanes, and so on. These are obvious signs of driving under the influence and you should be cautious when you notice any of these on the road.
3. Use a rideshare service if you consume alcohol
The best thing to do if you believe you’re too intoxicated to drive is to use a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber or call someone to pick you up. An act as simple as this can be the difference between you and a ghastly motor vehicle accident.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney About Your Drunk Driving Accident in New Jersey
Were you injured in a drunk driving accident in New Jersey? A car accident can lead to serious disability and this may even mean loss of wages, expensive medical bills, and lifelong pain. That is why you must speak with a qualified personal injury attorney about your case. The lawyers at Andres & Berger, P.C. represent clients who suffered drunk driving-related automobile accidents in the State of New Jersey. We serve clients in Haddonfield, Camden, Cherry Hill, Gloucester City, and the surrounding towns. Call us at (856) 795-1444 or fill out our confidential online form on our website to schedule a free consultation about your case. Our main office is located at 264 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033.
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