Recent studies, according to the New York Times, show that New Year's Eve is the single most deadliest day for pedestrians in the United States.
More pedestrians are killed on the first day after New Year's Eve, typically people walking home after a night of celebration, than any other day of the year. A large portion of pedestrian injuires and deaths occur due to intoxication, including intoxicated drivers and intoxicated pedestrians.
It is relevant to note that, simply because a pedestrian may be intoxicated, a pedestrian still has the right of way and does not give up rights against negligent drivers who cause injury or death.
At Matiasic Roth & Johnson, LLP, we wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year.