New Year's Resolutions Suggestions

Need a New Year's Resolution? How about one of these?

The holidays are officially over: The iconic ball has dropped, the corks have been popped and a new year is now upon us.

Enter New Year's resolution season. If you haven't nailed one down yet, the personal injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates have a few suggestions for you:

New Year's Resolution #1: I Won't Drive Impaired

Pennsylvania State Police said troopers arrested nearly 19,000 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2015. Nationally, a person is injured in a DUI-related crash every two minutes and on average, two out three people will be involved in alcohol-related accident in their lifetimes.

If you're looking for a New Year's resolution to devote yourself to, our car accident injury attorneys suggest resolving never to drive while impaired.

Our attorneys know all too well how devastating DUI crashes can be—and want to remind you that climbing behind the wheel after one too many drinks isn't the only way motorists drive impaired.

Remember that you can also be impaired if you:

  • Drive while sick. Even if you haven't taken medication, your illness can affect everything from your focus to your reaction time.
  • Drive while tired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year are caused by driver fatigue—crashes that lead to more than 1,500 deaths and more than 70,000 injuries. Don't be part of the statistic—don't drive if you're tired.
  • Drive high. Although many states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, it is important to note that if you drive while high, you are driving impaired and could be charged with a DUI. The DUI accident injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates believe the reminder is especially important considering that drugged driving arrests increased by more than 40 percent in Pennsylvania from 2014 to 2015 (the most recent statistics available).

New Year's Resolution #2: I Will Say No to Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is an epidemic in the United States. According to the NHTSA, cell phone use—from checking social media to texting—causes more than 1.5 million crashes each year. On a national level, one in four car crashes are caused by texting and driving.

Teenagers—born into a digital world—are four times more likely than older adults to get into crashes or near crashes when using their cell phones while driving.

That's why we suggest that every driver resolve to just say no to distracted driving this year—it could save your life (or someone else's).

We also invite you to join Snyder's Drivers, a community of people dedicated to keeping themselves and their loved ones safer on the road. All are welcome: drivers, passengers, permit holders, and even pedestrians and bus-riders. It's free, members receive a welcome kit, and those who join have a chance to win prizes.

New Year's Resolution #3: I Will Safely Gear Up for Every Ride

Statistically, motorcycle riders and their passengers are more likely to get into a crash than those who are driving or riding in a traditional automobile. Here's another statistic to consider: Motorcyclists who wear helmets are less likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes—and are more likely to survive them.

The motorcycle injury attorneys at Edgar Snyder & Associates hope you put safety first, and resolve to properly gear up before every ride.

Not sure what gear you need? We've got you covered—we have safety tips and other resources for motorcycle enthusiasts on our website. We also invite you to join Snyder's Riders, a community for motorcyclists committed to protecting themselves and their loved ones.

No matter what your New Year's resolution is, everyone here at Edgar Snyder & Associates hopes you stay safe in 2017.

Pennsylvania State Police