One of the busiest nights of the year in Mississippi, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated in homes, bars, night clubs, and restaurants. It’s great to have fun but it is important to be safe, and to make safety a priority. Personal injuries are very common on this time of year, unfortunately. The personal injury attorneys at Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. have put together some New Year’s Eve safety tips for you and your loved ones to ring in the New Year safely.
- Avoid drinking and driving: If you are going out for New Year’s Eve, make plans in advance for how you will get home. Lyfts and Ubers will be in high demand, so make a reservation early to avoid being stuck. If you are entertaining at home, avoid over serving guests and be prepared to offer overnight accommodations if needed.
- Be careful about walking: Walking may seem a logical alternative to drinking and driving, but pedestrian accidents are a serious concern over the New Year. Avoid drinking too much, wear bright, light-colored clothing, stick to sidewalks and lighted streets, and wear appropriate shoes to prevent slip and falls.
- Use caution with fires and fireworks: While bonfires and firework displays can be a great way to celebrate, make sure there is a water source standing by. Keep small children nearby and avoid letting them get too close to displays.
With the combination of celebration and alcohol during this time of year, this is a popular time for accidents and injuries. Common types of accidents include Car wrecks, pedestrian accidents, slip and falls, and fire injuries. According to the National Safety Council, one out of ten accidents that occur in December and January happen over the New Year’s period, with the hours leading up to midnight and early morning of January 1st being the most dangerous. Nationwide, alcohol-impaired fatalities (involving blood-alcohol content of 0.08 g/dL or higher) in 2018 represented 29% of the total traffic fatalities. During the 2018 New Year’s Day holiday period, 39% of fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
If you have been injured in Mississippi due to a car wreck, slip and fall, pedestrian accident, or from a fire, contact the Mississippi personal injury attorneys at Chhabra & Gibbs, P.A. today by using our live chat or contact form, or calling us at 601-948-8005. There is no fee to discuss your case and we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.