Drive safe this New Year's Eve with this #1 tip

New Year's Eve is a time of celebration. As we close out one year and enter into another, we celebrate our accomplishments of 2017 and look forward to a bright 2018.

This transition often involves a toast or two. Although enjoyable, it is also important to remain safe during and after these celebrations.

One relatively easy way to keep safe this New Year's Eve - don't drink and drive.

There are a number of options available in the event that you find yourself without a designated driver. Uber or a taxi service are generally good options as is the AAA safe ride service. This service generally serves the Northern California area during designated time periods. New Year's Eve generally qualifies. This year, AAA offers this service in this area from 6:00 p.m. on December 31 through 6:00 a.m. January 1.

What if I am injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver? Even those who take precautions can find themselves the victim of a drunk driving accident. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be an option. These lawsuits allow the victim or victim's loved ones to hold the guilty party responsible. It can translate to monetary awards to help cover medical bills or lost wages due to missed work.

How do I pursue a personal injury claim? It is important to note that this type of claim is different from charges that are filed and pursued within the criminal justice system. A drunk driver will likely be held criminally responsible for violating the law. The victim can also hold the driver civilly responsible with a personal injury claim. The victim must actively pursue a claim in order for it to move forward. An attorney can review your case and discuss this option in more detail.

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