New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights of the year for drinking related accidents.  In 2017 there were 83 drinking related accidents that occurred on New Year’s and 119 drinking related crashes that occurred post New Year’s.

Drunk driving is an issue all year round. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), every minute one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash; however, because of all of the parties during the holidays, the chances of being in a drunk-driving accident are higher.

While getting a DUI can be costly, nothing compares to the risk of putting innocent lives in danger.  If you were involved in an accident while driving under the influence, the injured party may file a claim against you in addition to the criminal charges you may also face.  A DUI is never worth it.  There is always an alternative to getting home safely.

Have a designated driver.  This can be a friend or family member who will not drink and will drive you home.  The importance of having a designated driver is having someone you know, and trust safely get you home. 

Also in the Pittsburgh area is Uber: a mobile app that connects riders to drivers in their area who are available.  To schedule a pick up and to see their fees, download their app or visit their website.

If you are at a friend’s home, spend the night if possible.

To ensure your safety, the best thing to do before heading out is to plan your way home ahead of time. 

Recovering compensation after an accident.

If you or a loved one were injured by a drunk driver, contact the attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your case today. You may be entitled to compensation.  We hope you have a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

Source: 2017 Pennsylvania Crash Facts and Statistics Book