With the new year on the horizon, celebrations will begin taking place throughout Missouri. Whether they are public parties to watch the ball drop in St. Louis, private parties at the homes of friends and family members, or organized events at restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bring significant accident and injury risks.
At The Gogel Law Firm, our St. Louis personal injury lawyers hope your New Year’s celebration comes and goes without incident. Here are a few ways to help avoid common accidents and injuries that happen this time of year, so you won’t need us.
Avoid Drinking and Driving at All Costs
According to a recent auto insurance study, compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6pm and January 1st at 6am. In just that 12-hour period, alcohol and drug-related car crashes skyrocket across the U.S.
Do not add to the statistic. If you plan to drink, do not drive. Designate a driver, call a sober friend or family member, or schedule a rideshare to get home safely.
Keep an Eye Out for Dangerous Conditions
Whether you are enjoying a party at a friend’s house, or are out at a local bar, hazards can appear in the form of spilled food and drinks that lead to slip and fall accidents and injuries and negligent security measures that can lead to violent criminal activity, including physical and sexual assaults. If the event you are attending did not provide enough security to ensure your safety, the property owner, operator, management company, or event organizer may be liable for your injuries.
Use Caution When Handling / Watching Firework Displays
Last year over the New Year holiday, the National Fire Protection Association reported an estimated 15,600 people were seen for fireworks-related injuries at hospital emergency departments — the highest number in 15 years.
Even if you are not the one handling fireworks, stay far enough away to avoid getting hit or burned by the common celebratory act.
Contact Our Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys for Help
At The Gogel Law firm, our St. Louis personal injury lawyer knows that no matter how careful you are — over the New Year or any other day — it is not always possible to escape the negligent actions or inaction of another person, party, or entity.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one to negligence in Missouri, contact our skilled personal injury attorney today to review your case by calling (314) 370-8173 or online to schedule a free consultation.