Ridesharing and Roadside Fatalities During New Year’s Eve

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New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest days for ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft. Unfortunately, with more travelers on the road, the risk of road traffic crashes also increases.

If you find yourself in a Lyft or Uber car accident during the holidays, you’ll need to take steps to protect yourself. Haffner Law’s Uber accident attorney in Los Angeles can help you file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for your losses.

The rise of app-based ridesharing services

The popularity of ridesharing services has grown dramatically since their introduction in 2009 (Uber) and 2012 (Lyft). These apps have collectively made 11 billion trips in the U.S. Part of what makes Uber and Lyft so popular is their convenience and cost-effectiveness. Passengers typically get where they are going quicker and cheaper than they would by taxis.

Despite the advantages they offer, these ridesharing apps were found to have increased traffic congestion and the rate of fatal car crashes. According to a study done by researchers at Rice University and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the arrival of app-based ride-hailing apps in a city led to a 3% increase in the total number of motor vehicle fatalities. These accidents involved not only passengers but also pedestrians. Likewise, gas consumption, time spent in traffic, miles driven, and the number of newly registered cars also skyrocketed.

The unfortunate reality is that, like all modes of transportation, neither Uber nor Lyft can ever completely guarantee passenger safety. More so during the holiday season, when packed roads and drunk driving cases become more widespread.

California road fatalities on New Year’s Eve

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s often sees a dramatic rise in DUI incidents as people partake in holiday celebrations. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 210 lives were lost during the Christmas to New Year’s Day holiday period in 2019 due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Alcohol can slow down a driver’s reflexes and increase feelings of drowsiness, putting other motorists in their vicinity at serious risk.

In California alone, a total of 244 drivers were arrested on the evening of December 31, 2020. All of them were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, or similar substances.

In addition, California saw an increase in the fatality rate of traffic accidents during New Year’s Eve 2020. According to the California Highway Patrol, a total of 13 lives were lost due to a traffic accident from the evening of the 31st to the early morning of the next day.

What to do after an Uber or Lyft car accident

Uber and Lyft drivers are not invincible, and sometimes they can get into accidents, especially during busy holiday seasons. Unfortunately, those incidents can seriously harm you, whether you were the Uber passenger, driving your own car, or crossing the street.

If the accident occurred as a result of the Uber or Lyft driver’s negligence, Haffner Law can help you pursue full compensation for your losses. Contact our Uber accident attorneys immediately and get the aggressive representation you need.

 

Holiday-Related Injuries to Watch Out For

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Many Americans look forward to the holiday season as a chance to rest and celebrate with loved ones. Unfortunately, major holiday periods such as Christmas, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July are also associated with a spike in accidents resulting in serious injury and even death. In fact, doctors in New York estimate a 5-10% uptick in emergency room visits over the holiday season.

If you aren’t careful, you can end up spending the holidays in the ER rather than enjoying time with family and friends. Haffner Law’s personal injury attorneys in Studio City list down common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

  1. Road traffic injuries and fatalities

Millions of Americans hit the road to see family and friends during the holidays every year. Unfortunately, the increase in traffic combined with adverse weather conditions in winter creates higher risks for road injuries and fatalities.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 24% of weather-related traffic collisions each year occur on icy, slushy, or snowy pavement, while 15% take place in sleet or during snowfalls. Before driving in harsh conditions, inspect your battery, and ensure you have enough pressure in your tires.

Drunk-driving crashes are also more prevalent during festive seasons when social drinking is more common. Alcohol can impair a driver’s vision, motor skills, and decision-making abilities. If you’re the designated driver, commit to total sobriety. Even if you only had one or two drinks, you risk getting into an accident, so it’s best to avoid getting behind the wheel.

  1. Slips and falls while decorating

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that more than 5,800 individuals sustain fall-related injuries from holiday decorating activities. Slips and falls can occur in the following ways:

  • Putting up holiday decorations on a roof
  • Standing on furniture or a ladder to hang garlands or decorate a Christmas tree
  • Tripping over extension cords, ornaments, and other holiday-related items

Instead of stepping on furniture to hang ornaments, use a ladder and ensure it’s always on a level surface. Ask someone to spot you for extra safety. Put lights, wires, and other holiday-related objects out of the way to keep everyone safe from trips, slips, and falling décor.

  1. Fires and burns

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that each year nearly 156,000 winter holiday fires occur nationwide. These holiday fires result in over 630 fatalities, 2,600 injuries, and $936 million in property damage.

 

During the holidays, many homes and buildings are decorated with candles, seasonal garlands, and electric lights which can pose various safety hazards. Dried-out fir and pine Christmas trees can catch fire easily, while exposed wiring and faulty cords from pre-lit artificial trees can increase the risk of sparks and fires.

To prevent holiday fires, use nonflammable décor and place live Christmas trees far from your fireplace or furnace. Avoid overloading electrical circuits and using old or damaged electric ornaments.

Recover compensation for your holiday injury

If a holiday accident happens because of another person’s negligence or recklessness, Haffner Law’s seasoned attorneys are here to help you recover damages. We will assist you with filing a personal injury claim and collecting strong evidence. If necessary, we will aggressively represent you in court.

Book a consultation now and learn how we’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.