Stay safe on the road this New Year's Eve

As we are getting closer to the end of the year, it's time to start planning your festivities for New Year's Eve to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

Picking out the perfect dress and making a reservation at that new hot restaurant are not the only preparations you should be making for a night on the town. In the midst of party hopping, take precautions to stay safe so that you can greet the new year healthy and happy.

New Year's Eve is one of the worst days of the year for alcohol-related car accidents. You can avoid becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident by following the safety tips below. However, if you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident it is important to understand your rights and options when filing a personal injury claim.

Designate a driver

Having a designated driver will not only keep you from being behind the wheel while intoxicated, it will also provide you with a more alert driver who can avoid potential car accidents with other people who may be driving drunk.

If you cannot find a designated driver, take advantage of public transportation. Typically, there are more city buses running on New Year's Eve to ensure party-goers have a safe ride option.

Walking isn't always a safe option

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day tend to see the most pedestrians killed in a 24-hour period than any other day of the year. Wear visible clothing and walk in groups so that drivers are more likely to see you. Also, keep in mind that some of those drivers may be intoxicated, so stay alert for cars drifting too close to the sidewalk or not slowing down when approaching crosswalks or stop lights.

Don't depend on coffee

Stopping by the 24-hour diner for a few rounds of coffee will not sober you or anyone else up enough to drive. To get home safe, have your cappuccino and call a taxi.

Prepare to stay the night

If you are planning on having an epic night, make a plan to get a hotel room close to your chosen party area or stay at a friend's house. Take the time to sleep it off and let the other drivers this out on the roads before you venture home.

Staying safe on New Year's Eve is just as important as going to the perfect party. Take precautions to ensure you and your friends have a memorable night that doesn't end in tragedy. If the worst should happen and you become the victim of a drunk or distracted driver, take action to ensure you rights are protected.

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