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New Year’s Eve – Most Common Accidents and Prevention

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IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM, SHARES ADVICE FOR PREVENTING ACCIDENTS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE.  

COMMON NEW YEAR’S EVE ACCIDENTS – HOW TO PREVENT INJURIES


Welcoming the New Year is a special occasion wrapped in festivity and joy. This is why, accidents should be prevented in order to not dampen the festive mood and turn memorable moments into tragedy. The personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm has prepared a brief guideline for staying accident-free this upcoming New Year’s Eve weekend in Miami. Keep reading to find out more on how to kick-off a stay safe 2021.

TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE ACCIDENTS

corks-1328720-639x483-1-300x227Champagne Corks – Uncorking a bottle of bubbly provides a distinct sound that heralds celebration and welcomes a toast. However, uncorking a bottle of champagne, cider, or any other extra bubbly beverage can result in serious personal injury if done without care or negligently. That is why, the Perazzo Law Firm recommends great care when handling a bottle of champagne which is soon to be uncorked. It’s worth noting that a typical champagne bottle is much thicker than other bottles of beverages as it contains much more gas carbon dioxide gas than other fizzy drinks. For this reason, champagne bottles are topped with wire cages to prevent the cork from prematurely popping out and keep the gas contained. Keeping the bottle chilled is a good way of keeping the gas contained until it’s time to uncork the bottle. This is a crucial moment for preventing injury when handling a champagne bottle as the pressure (70-90 lbs. per square inch) within is more than twice greater to that of a normal car tire (30 psi).

Tips to prevent accidents when uncorking a champagne bottle:

  • Keep the bottle chilled until it’s time to uncork it.
  • Handle the bottle with care and keep the top pointed away from people’s faces.
  • When uncorking, always keep your hand over the top of the cork in case it pops on its own.
  • Keep a towel or dishrag over the cork when opening.
  • If uncorking freely, point the bottle away from people and stay alert.

The above listed safety tips are vital for preventing serious injury as a cork in the eye can lead to permanent injury and even loss of sight.


Slip and Fall Accidents: Celebrations that include, drinking, dining, dancing, and walking can ultimately end in a slip and fall accident when surfaces become soiled with slippery substances such as water, beverages, salsas, or food. Hotels, bars, and restaurants, and other businesses catering to the New Year’s Eve crowd must provide safe walking surfaces and nonhazardous infrastructure to patrons, workers, and guests. Failure to do so, can result in an insurance claim for compensation to cover personal injuries or losses resulting from a slip and fall accident.

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm knows that accidents can occur poolside at a hotel, or in a poorly lit parking lot. Loose handrails and protruding mirror legs can lead to trip and fall accidents to impaired or elderly patron or guests. You can prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents during New Year’s celebrations in Miami by not dancing on tables or trying flips into a swimming pool. The 3 Point Contact rule is useful for preventing slip, trip or fall accidents when taking to steps, entering a vehicle, or getting into a  motor vehicle.

What is the 3 Point Contact rule?

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Three points of contact means that a person implements the use of both hands and either foot, or just one hand and both feet, to support their body while getting into or out of vehicles, elevated spaces, and taking to steps and ladders. This applies to elevated spaces such a table, platform, or stage. For example, when climbing a ladder, you would use two hands and one foot to secure firmness and stability before moving onto the next step. The 3 contact points must stay connect throughout the entire process in order to ensure safety and reduce the chances of suffering a slip and fall accident.

Prevention for Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents

In Miami, the slip and fall accident lawyers recommend the following:

  • Do not run on surfaces that are wet or soiled with food, oil, or other substances.
  • Avoid walking through dark parking lots as you can slip on motor oil or trip on a rock.
  • Take extra caution when taking stairs or ramps that lack a properly fitted handrail.
  • Hold on when taking an escalator downwards. Vertigo can lead to loss of balance to the elderly or intoxicated.
  • Watch out for protruding table, chair, or mirros legs.
  • Careful when entering or exiting elavators.
  • Watch your step when walking across a dance floor or restaurant.

Drunk Driving Accidents – In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm reminds motorists and motor vehicle passengers that New’s Year’s Eve the most dangerous time of the year for car accidents on Miami streets, avenues, and highways. That is why, our staff of car accident lawyers reminds Miami drivers to not drink and drive, because drunk driving has the highest fatality rate on New Year’s Eve, according the American Safety Council (see Drunk Driving Accidents). In other words, New Year’s Eve has the most drunk drivers on the road than any other time of the year, with drunk motorists driving recklessly and with disregard for the safety of other motorists or pedestrians.

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  • Wear seatbelts appropriately and restrain children car seats that meet safety standards (see Baby Seats).
  • Make sure the vehicle is in proper mechanical condition and suitable for highway driving. This is important when considering that there are drunk drivers on the road with you during New Year’s Eve.
  • Avoid taking to street, avenues, or highways under poor weather conditions, especially if experiencing drowsiness or other physical / mental impairment that may limit awareness and cause distraction. Highway driving under poor weather conditions on New Year’s increases the chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident that ends in personal injury, damages and losses to accident victims.
  • Do not drive drunk or get in the car with a drunk driver.
  • Avoid using the cell phone while driving. Pull over if you need to text, voice mail, or use a social media platform (see Distracted Motorists Accidents in Miami).
  • Hire a rideshare service such as Uber, Lyft, or Cabify. (see Rideshare Service Vehicles).

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm suggests following the above car accident prevention safety tips when using a motor vehicle this New Year’s Weekend to celebrate with friends and relatives.


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WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT ON NEW’S YEAR EVE:

IN MIAMI, THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING:

  • Stay calm.
  • Call the police or notify the business operator / manager to report the accident and any injuries
  • In the event of pain or discomfort, request to be taken to a medical facility for a physical evaluation.
  • Gather eyewitness testimony.
  • Keep copies all medical records, police reports, and take photos of any bodily harm or property damage.
  • Do not sign anything presented to you on behalf of insurance providers without first Contacting the Perazzo Law Firm to discuss a possible insurance claim for compensation to cover injuries and losses.

Perazzo-Law-Staff-300x296THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM WISHES YOU A SAFE AND PROSPEROUS 2021 FROM EVERYONE AT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM

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