If You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver on NYE, Here’s How to Get Help in Louisiana
From the famed Bourbon Street in the French Quarter to Uptown New Orleans, ringing in the New Year in the Big Easy is like attending a floating party that encompasses the entire city. Voted one of thetop 10 cities to celebrate NYE 2018, NOLA is also home to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. This event draws 70,000 fans to the semi-final college football matchup held on New Year’s Day and the corresponding New Year’s Eve parade.
This makes the city even more crowded with potentially drunk revelers, who may also impede traffic if they’re in unfamiliar surroundings. When all this revelry spills into the streets, drunk driving accidents become more likely. Driving after drinking can have deadly consequences. Whether you’re walking, driving or riding a bicycle, stay alert for drunk drivers on NYE. If injured, a New Orleans drunk driving lawyer can help.
DUI Crash Stats
It’s illegal in Louisiana to operate a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol content is higher than .08%. This doesn’t always stop alcohol-impaired individuals from climbing behind the wheel. You can hit this limit much more quickly than you realize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, approximately one-third of all traffic accident fatalities in the country involve drunk drivers, with more than 10,000 people killed every year.
These stats are glowingly apparent in Louisiana, which ranks slightly higher than the national averagefor alcohol-related fatal crashes. While data indicates the number of fatal crashes, including those involving pedestrians and bicyclists, are dropping throughout the state, drunk driving remains a major factor in many traffic fatalities.
In 2015, the Highway Safety Research Group at Louisiana State University noted that 34% of all traffic accident fatalities in LA were due to alcohol impairment, equaling 328 crashes with 348 fatalities. The odds of being in a traffic accident skyrockets over the New Year’s holiday when the number ofimpaired drivers significantly increases.
Prevent Drunk Driving
Never drive drunk or allow your friends to drive drunk. For your safety and the safety of everyone on the road:
- Arrange a safe ride home, before you start to drink.
- Designate a sober driver.
- Call a taxi, ridesharing service or sober friend/family member.
- Refuse to ride with drunk drivers.
- Take away a drunk friend’s keys and call a sober ride for them.
- Make sure all your party guests have a sober ride home or stay the night.
- Call local law enforcement, if you suspect someone is driving drunk.
After a Drunk Driver Accident
Drinking alcohol impairs your thinking, reaction time, and muscle coordination, which are essential while driving. When you’re injured by an impaired driver, whether you’re in a vehicle, walking or riding a bicycle, they’re at fault and you’re entitled to compensation.
In a Louisiana civil litigation, compensation can include current and future:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
- Other accident-related expenses
You can seek compensation from the driver, the bartender who served the driver or the bar/pub where they were served. If criminal charges are filed against the driver, your case becomes stronger. Usually, insurance companies often settle quickly to avoid a jury trial.
Hire Top New Orleans Drunk Driving Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt in a DUI accident on New Year’s Eve or anytime, a New Orleans drunk driving lawyer atMike Brandner Injury Attorneys can help. Visit our office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., use our convenient LiveChat online, or contact us 24/7 at (504) 345-1111 to receive a free consultation. We never collect a fee, unless we win your case!