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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

Most people anxiously await New Year’s Eve each year. After all, this holiday is often associated with new beginnings and a fresh start. As such, New Year’s Eve is heavily celebrated every year—often with lots of drinking. Unfortunately, many New Year’s Eve partygoers make the poor decision to drive home after several cocktails. And as one may expect, some of these drivers cause New Year’s Eve accidents—many of them serious. In this article, we provide some tips on how to navigate the risk of New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

Drive Defensively 

Not only are there more people on the road on New Year’s Eve, but a high percentage of them are likely to have been drinking. Therefore, if you plan on driving on New Year’s Eve, you must drive defensively. Among other things, you should remain alert, allow for plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and give extra space to any drivers who appear to be driving erratically. 

Don’t Drink and Drive

Although you should never drink and drive, this advice bears repeating when it comes to New Year’s Eve. As noted above, there are typically many drunk drivers on the road on New Year’s Eve—don’t be one of them! By drinking and driving, you not only place yourself at risk, but you also place other drivers in danger. In addition, even if you don’t end up getting into a New Year’s Eve accident, you run the risk of being charged with a DWI.  So, if you plan on drinking on New Year’s Eve, you should either arrange a designated driver or use a ridesharing or taxi service to get to and from your destination. 

Be a Responsible Host

Finally, if you plan on hosting a New Year’s Eve party, be a responsible host. There are many steps you can take to ensure that those who come to your home on New Year’s Eve make it home safely. For one, you should have plenty of food on hand to ensure that your guests don’t drink on an empty stomach. In addition, you should offer non-alcoholic beverages and encourage your guests to drink water between alcoholic drinks. Finally, you should arrange transportation (or a place to sleep) for anyone who has had too much to drink. 

Contact a Long Island DWI Accident Lawyer 

If you’ve been injured in a DWI accident in New York, the distinguished law firm of Dell & Dean, PLLC, is here to help. When you come to us for assistance with your DWI accident case, we will use our ample experience and knowledge to aggressively pursue financial compensation on your behalf. Please contact us as soon as possible to arrange an initial meeting with an experienced Long Island car accident lawyer

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.