Year-End Festivities and Staying Safe
New Year’s Eve and the celebrations that accompany it span the entire globe and just like almost every major city; Miami residents and visitors will be bidding farewell to another year while welcoming the start of another. Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve festivities can sometimes get out of hand and celebration can turn to tragedy when negligence takes hold of a situation. The Perazzo Law Firm understands that one such act of negligence and perhaps the most common is driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Driving drunk or while intoxicated can lead to reckless driving, which in turn has the potential for tragedy behind the wheel. In order to stay safe and avoid an accident behind the wheel, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends that motorists opt for ride share services like Uber or Lyft. However, it is important to make sure that the Uber or Lyft driver is sober, and he/she is in fact the driver that appears on the rideshare app. The Perazzo Law Firm recommends that pedestrians take extra precautions when crossing at intersections or even when waiting to cross at a street corner. With regards to bicycle riders, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests they avoid riding in poorly lit areas and if possible, wear reflective or bright colored clothing. Riding in dark areas and wearing dark clothing makes it hard for drunk drivers to see them and this increases the chances of falling victim to reckless driving and negligence. When it comes to premises liability, bars, nightclubs and other public or private establishment owners and operators also need to take certain precautions to avoid New Year’s Eve ending in tragedy. Bar owners or operators need to take measures to make sure their patrons exit their establishments safely. For instance, a bartender should know when to stop serving a customer drinks that contain alcohol if that person is already in a state of drunkenness. Negligence on behalf of an establishment that serves alcohol can include allowing a customer to get behind the wheel of motor vehicle. In this case, measures should be taken to hire a rideshare service to safely take the intoxicated patron to where they need to go. In all, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests that individuals proceed into the new year with care and avoid acts of negligence that can end in an undesirable manner.
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