Although the plea not to drink and drive is said over and over throughout the year, there will still be unfortunate (and unnecessary) drunk driving accidents occurring throughout the country this New Year’s Eve. The Boca Raton Police Department encourages drivers to choose a non-drinking driver as their designated driver or, if one is not available, use the AAA Tow-to-Go service or call a cab.
Also, if you do choose to drink, NEVER EVER leave your drink unoccupied for a minute. We realize that it is quite easy to get comfortable in our surroundings, particularly when we’re amongst friends and family. Still, it is crucial that you keep your drink with you – even when going to the bathroom (if you’re not there with a close friend). Always maintain a watchful eye.
Many New Year’s Eve celebrations end the evening festivities with a beautiful fireworks display to ring in the new year. While it may be tempting to have your own display, it would probably be best to leave the fireworks to the professionals, especially if you are drinking. Besides, if you didn’t know – ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL (except for sparklers).
Everyone is encouraged to enjoy all the holiday festivities taking place in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout the state. However, if you are attending a public event, it is important for you to be mindful of your surroundings. Whenever you have a combination of partying and drinking, something out of the ordinary is bound to happen. That said, you should remain watchful and keep your drinking to a minimum to ensure that you remain as aware and alert as possible.
Additionally, make sure you have a cell phone available and that it is fully charged just in case something happens and you need to contact a family member – or the authorities.
MADD encourages drivers who intend to celebrate to make a plan for the holidays and let others know about the plan. Almost 30 people die in drunk driving collisions daily in the U.S. and hundreds of individuals sustain injuries. This number increases during the holiday season, with New Year’s Eve being the most dangerous day of the year.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a drunk driver, or if you have questions or concerns about how a DUI may affect your driving privileges, contact The Shiner Law Group today to discuss your situation.
Preventing Personal Injuries During New Year Eve Celebrations
Whether the party is at the local bar or at a friend or family member’s home, accidents can occur on the premises – especially when there’s a combination of fun and drinking. Still, when individuals visit a restaurant, bar or any other type of establishment, they expect the premises to be safe. However, as your Boca Raton injury lawyer will tell you, there are times when the location will not be safe enough for those in attendance, and as such, they may face situations that can result in injuries.
Such situations can include defective stairways, escalators and/or elevators; debris on floors; poor building security and overcrowded conditions, to name a few. In such situations, individuals are at risk of injuries that most likely could have been avoided, which in turn would help the victim avoid injury or even death.
Depending on who’s sponsoring the New Year’s Eve celebration, there may be a wide variety of fancy decorations, good food and flashy electronic gadgets and gizmos. Unfortunately, there are times when products fail to perform as expected and as a result, they create a risk of injuries. Such occurrences can lead to product liability claims against negligent manufacturers by those individuals who have sustained physical and emotional injuries.
Guns and fireworks are often an integral part of many New Year’s celebrations. Some people congregate in area roadways, parks and front yards to watch local firework spectacles, while others may choose to simply fire their own guns into the air to ring in the new year. In Florida, you should be aware that firing a gun into the air is not only illegal, but it also puts others at risk of injury that may be caused by flying bullets.
Welcoming in the new year with the ones you love should be top priority, as should maintaining everyone’s safety during this time of celebration and gathering. However, if you or someone you love sustains an injury due to someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you are encouraged to find out about your legal rights and options under the law. Contact The Shiner Law Group as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case.