With the excitement of a new year, many friends and families may find themselves traveling on the roads to attend new years events and celebrations. In some situations, the holidays may be a time of greater alcohol consumption, which can be a deadly combination when paired with driving on the road. New Year’s can be one of the main holidays where drunk driving is at its worst. People may find themselves on the road late at night or in the early hours of the morning after celebrating the ring of the new year, which can also present its risks, including limited visibility, distracted driving or driving while tired and not as alert. On busy nights like New Year’s Eve, some rideshare apps, such as Lyft, promote free or reduced Lyft rides. The National Safety Council estimated that 408 people may die on U.S. roads during the New Year’s Day holiday time.
According to a recent news report, at least one person was killed in the early hours of 2023 after multiple car accidents occurred in Indiana. One person was killed when a vehicle hit a bridge support on Interstate 70 before 6 a.m. Additionally, multiple vehicles, including a State Police car, were involved in a crash on the highway. Initially, a crash occurred involving eight vehicles around 3:30am. The State Police car was hit later in the morning while investigators were working at the scene. The trooper was not injured, as she was out of her vehicle at the time of the crash. However, one person was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and later died at the hospital. The cause of the crashes was unclear and is still being investigated.
Holiday Safety Tips for Driving
During the holiday season, when you may be invited to multiple events, it can be especially important to consider alternative modes of transportation when drinking is anticipated, such as finding a sober loved one to drive you or downloading a rideshare app. Additionally, if you are driving and notice another driver who appears intoxicated, which could be indicated by swerving, it is important to keep your distance and call 911. In the case of an accident, if you are a victim of a car accident and need to discuss your potential legal claims, connecting with an attorney with expertise will be helpful.
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If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or died in an Indiana car accident, contact Padove Law to talk through your options. Personal injury lawyer Burton A. Padove has years of experience representing Indiana car accident victims and their families. In the event of a devastating car accident, Mr. Padove will work tirelessly to assist victims in filing personal injury lawsuits and obtaining just compensation for their injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact our office at 877-446-5294. We will not bill you for our representation unless we can win compensation on your behalf.