Deaths from alchohol-related crashes are nearly 150% on New Year’s Eve than on other days of the year. The AAA is reporting that nine out of ten drivers view drunk drivers as a significant risk to their safety on New Years.
As a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas, I see a lot of cases that come across my desk as a result of poor decisions. It grieves me to see so many lives ruined because of some poor decisions mixed with Jack Daniels. I don’t really want to have to defend you in court after the holiday. And, trust me, you don’t want me coming after you for my client.
Here’s a few things you can do this holiday to stay safe and make smart decisions:
- Pick a designated driver. Seriously. This seems elementary. You’ve heard it since high school. But do it. There’s no excuse to leave unprepared.
- Don’t hold onto your own keys. If you don’t have a designated driver, give your keys to someone else so you won’t be tempted to get into your car after a night of drinking.
- Make plans. We all remember the old adage “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” If you plan on partying hard/late, make reservations at a hotel near where you’ll be. Pack an overnight bag. Heck, even bring a blanket to sleep in the backseat until you’re sober and alert enough to drive home.
- Be smart. Another drink won’t sober you up. Coffee won’t sober you up. A banana won’t sober you up. Only time can get you back to thinking straight. Typically an hour for every drink. A full hour.
Dallas Horton is one of the top personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada. He specializes in personal injury, accidents, and wrongful death cases. He has been practicing law for over 15 years and has won millions of dollars in settlements for his clients. For more information or to contact Dallas Horton & Associates, visit his website at GDallasHorton.com or connect with him on Twitter (@gdallashorton) or Facebook (/gdallashorton). Any information contained herein does not constitute and should not be assumed to be legal advice. The contents of this post are the personal opinions of Dallas Horton and should not be assumed to be legal counsel.