Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident on New Year’s Eve

Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest national parties of the year. On December 31, millions of optimistic Americans will lift their glasses in salute of all the hopes and possibilities this new year represents. But to keep your dreams alive, it’s important to drive or walk home safely once the countdown is over.  New Year’s Eve may not be the most dangerous day to drive, but it is the most dangerous time to be a pedestrian. In fact, more pedestrian deaths occur on New Year’s Day than Halloween.

The Lexington pedestrian accident lawyers at Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC have compiled the following list of safety tips to help drivers and pedestrians avoid a tragic and preventable incident:

Driver Tips:

  • Do not drink if you have been driving
  • Be vigilantly aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Never use an electronic device when you’re behind the wheel
  • Avoid driving if you’ve taken drugs
  • Be wary of intoxicated jaywalkers and pedestrians
  • Do not assume that a pedestrian sees or hears your car
  • Be particularly careful when intersections, especially at night
  • Always use your headlights if it’s dark
  • Be careful when you’re backing out of a driveway or parking spot
  • Stick to the speed limit
  • Drive slowly in residential areas

Pedestrian Tips:

  • Don’t walk to a destination if you have been drinking
  • Do not use an electronic device while walking
  • Make eye contact with oncoming drivers
  • Always check both directions before crossing the street
  • Be mindful of parked cars
  • Stick to sidewalks and other safe pedestrian paths
  • Always follow crosswalk signs and signals
  • Never assume that a car will stop for you
  • Be alert to your surroundings at all times

Most New Year’s accidents occur late at night when intoxicated drivers and pedestrians are trying to make their way home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you’re planning to drink on New Year’s Eve, make alternative traveling plans that guarantee you’ll arrive home on January 1st. For example, you can rely on a designated driver or hire a rideshare driver. You may even be able to sleep the revelry off if you’re friends with your party host.

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? Contact an Experienced Attorney

At Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC, we hope that you have a safe and exciting New Year’s Eve. However, if you’re injured due to the actions of a negligent motorist, schedule a consultation with our Lexington pedestrian accident attorneys.

Contact Goeing Goeing & McQuinn PLLC at (859) 534-9327 to schedule a consultation.

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