On New Year’s Eve millions of Americans throughout the country are out celebrating the potential of a wondrous happy, healthy and successful new year, and either wishing a happy sendoff or “good riddance” to the year 2016. Whether you are celebrating the new year out with family and friends for dinner and drinks, or at a nightclub or concert, or even a local party, it is important to understand the risks associated with driving under the influence.
Even if you and all your family and friends are responsible, you cannot vouch for the person behind the wheel in front of you, behind you or beside you. And a drunk driver on the road poses a risk to everyone.
Unfortunately, each year there is a dramatic increase in fatal car accidents during the holidays, especially New Year’s Eve. The consumption of alcohol affects a person’s motor skills, reaction times and the ability to make conscious and sound decisions. This often leads to the inebriated person getting behind the wheel and posing a danger to everyone on the roads.
If you have a family member or friend who is involved in a fatal car accident, it is important to understand there are options out there. A victim’s family may be entitled to compensation for not only lost wages, but pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one. It is likely in your best interest to get more information as soon as possible to see whether you or someone you know is entitled to compensation for another driver’s negligence on the roads.
Source: findlaw.com, “Premises Liability: Who is responsible?” Accessed on Dec. 27, 2016