New Orleans is well known as a city where people travel in order to have fun. In addition to the annual Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is a great place to have a good time on the other major holidays of the year.
However, with those good times comes additional hazard on the Louisiana roads. In fact, according to the American Safety Council, New Year's Day ranks as the third deadliest holiday of the year, at least with respect to deadly car accidents.
The biggest problem with New Year's driving is alcohol. People like to have a few drinks over this holiday, and that is particularly true at the customary New Year's Eve celebrations. While having a good time is understandable, it is not understandable when people choose to try to drive after having too much to drink.
Unfortunately, many people choose to do just that, and they wind up causing serious accidents in the early morning hours of January 1. With respect to this day, almost half of all people killed on the road will die because someone chose to drink and drive.
The best thing New Orleans residents can do to prevent these tragedies is, of course, not to drink and drive themselves. They should also be more aware of other motorists should they have to drive in the overnight hours of January 1, as any one of them could be drunk.
Should a family face the misfortune of losing a loved one to a drunk driver over the upcoming holiday, they should remember that legal options are available to them for pursuing financial compensation for their losses.