If you are like most people, your holiday plans include parties, family get-togethers, and various other gatherings that require travel.
Although this is the time of year to make merry and relax as the year wraps up, it is also a peak season for car accidents. More people on the road and more impaired drivers behind the wheel means a higher likelihood of motor vehicle collisions.
Traffic Deaths Are Higher During the Holidays
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report, nearly half of all traffic fatalities that happen on New Year’s Day involve alcohol. On Thanksgiving, alcohol-related traffic deaths increase fivefold.
With an estimated 95 million Americans on the road over Christmas and New Year’s Day, the chance of a serious accident goes up. AAA reports that nearly 27,900 people will suffer serious injuries and 250 will be killed in car accidents by the end of the holidays.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to stay safe on the road this holiday season.
Don’t Drink and Drive
One of the easiest ways to prevent a car accident over the holidays is to avoid any type of impaired driving. If you plan on drinking at a party, make sure you have a reliable designated driver. If you are attending a work party or other event at a hotel, consider staying overnight so you can enjoy the party and stay safe.
Give Yourself Extra Time
The weather is unpredictable this time of year. In case of ice, snow, or heavy rain, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Keep in mind that more accidents occur at night, so travel during daylight hours whenever possible.
Plan Your Route
Knowing your route in advance can help alleviate stress and keep you safer behind the wheel. With more travelers on the road, be prepared for congested highways. Having a preplanned route can help you navigate on busy streets.
Pocatello, Idaho Personal Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the personal injury lawyers at Ruchti & Beck, PLLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (208) 478-5100 to discuss your case.
This website has been prepared by Ruchti & Beck, PLLC for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.