New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating a new year of resolutions and opportunities. However, while you might be thinking of the year ahead on NYE, it is important to plan for the night itself to ensure you get home safely. Whether you are spending your evening locally in Federal Way, Washington, at an event like the Rumba Kings NYE Special, or are checking out some of the gatherings Seattle or Tacoma have to offer, your team at Ranz Law wants you to stay safe.

“…there were 71% more accidents with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor in the 12-hour period between 6 pm on Dec. 31 and 6 am Jan. 1.”

Drunk driving is a year-round issue, with 30% of traffic crash fatalities in the United States involving drunk drivers. National Safety Council data from 2020 shows that fatalities involving an alcohol-impaired driver increased to 49% on New Year’s, while data from SafeAuto found that there were 71% more accidents with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor in the 12-hour period between 6 pm on December 31st and 6 am on January 1st. To help you celebrate safely, we have compiled our best tips for a safe NYE, whether you are driving yourself or want to take advantage of local transportation options.

Save Time, Money, and Stress: Local Services for NYE Rides

  1. King County Metro is offering free fares from 3 am, Dec 31, 2022 to 3 am, Jan 1, 2023 to help you get home safely
  2. Schedule your Uber or Lyft ahead of time and choose less busy time windows (i.e., avoid midnight or 2 am when bars close) to avoid surge pricing
    ››› Bonus tip: if you are new to Lyft or Uber, use a new rider promo code to get a discount on your NYE trip (if you’re an existing rider, share your personal referral code with a friend in your group who can order the ride)
  3. Check out alternate rideshare apps like Wingz to compare prices before booking. Services like Dryver can help you book a driver-for-hire or arrange to have you and your car picked up and driven home
  4. Make your safe ride fun: if you are going out in a group this NYE, book a party bus to get to and from your destination safely

Keep Yourself and Your Loved Ones Safe: NYE Driving Tips

  1. Designate a sober driver for your group and find a safe parking location near your event
  2. Ensure that your vehicle’s headlights, turn signals, and other safety features are functioning properly before you head out for the night
  3. If your NYE celebration is not close to home, consider asking a friend who lives closer to the event if you can stay with them afterward
  4. Many law enforcement agencies conduct enhanced patrols on New Year’s Eve. Make sure you have your license, insurance, and registration in an easily accessible spot in case you encounter one
  5. If you are familiar with the area you’ll be driving in, try to avoid heavy traffic, high-speed, or poorly lit routes

Protect Your Best Interests After an Accident

Although we do our best to keep ourselves and other drivers safe, the reality is that car accidents can still occur, especially around holidays like New Year’s Eve when intoxicated drivers are more likely to be on the roads. The aftermath of an accident can be stressful and confusing. You may be frustrated with the insurance process and want to get your case resolved as quickly as possible. However, the full costs of your recovery take time to determine and may be more extensive than you anticipate.

Many people do not know that if you are in a car accident or traffic accident, your insurance company is not the best party to negotiate on your behalf. Insurance adjusters are trained to settle your case quickly and for as little as possible, which can mean you end up with time off work, medical bills, and other accident-related costs that are not fully covered. You deserve personalized, empathetic services from a top car accident attorney, so you can rest easy knowing your case is in knowledgeable, experienced hands.

Car accident lawyer David Ranz is specially trained and has extensive experience representing car and motorcycle accident victims, as well as victims of pedestrian collisions and bicycle accidents (both of which often occur on holidays like NYE, when many of us may be walking or cycling to watch local fireworks displays. According to the NHTSA, January 1st is one of the two deadliest days of the year for pedestrian accidents). At Ranz Law we know the toll physical injuries and the mental stress of an automobile accident can take. David Ranz is an experienced car accident attorney who will get to know your unique situation and needs, then act as your constant advocate throughout the legal process.

If you are involved in a traffic accident in Federal Way, Washington or the South Sound area, call or text Ranz Law at (206) 429-5227 to get a free, no-obligation initial case evaluation. If you retain Ranz Law to represent you, you pay nothing out of pocket. There are no fees if there is no settlement.

We serve all of Washington state, with a focus in King and Pierce Counties. Ranz Law represents clients in areas ranging from Seattle and Bellevue to Tacoma and Puyallup, and can meet you wherever is most convenient. In the event of a car accident or other accident, contact Ranz Law to ensure that your case receives the individualized, expert attention it deserves. We will be there for you every step of the way.

“…there were 71% more accidents with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor in the 12-hour period between 6 pm on Dec. 31 and 6 am Jan. 1.”