According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are usually more motor vehicle accident fatalities during the holidays than in any other period. In fact, on average, there are almost 800 people that lose their lives between Christmas and New Year’s Day because of a fatal car crash.
To help you stay prepared this holiday season, Ward Law has compiled the following information to keep you and your family safe.
The Automobile Association of America (AAA) has estimated that around 53.4 million Americans traveled during the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday. Out of those, 48.3 million were traveling by car. Florida was one of the top Thanksgiving destinations, with the most popular areas being Tampa, Orlando, and Ft. Lauderdale.
Due to the lack of travel in the last few years, AAA predicted that 2021 holiday travel would rebound to levels seen before the pandemic. Even though the country as a whole has seen a significant shift in online shopping during the holidays, including Black Friday, there are still a large number of individuals who are willing to drive to a physical store so that they can shop in person.
Although many factors contribute to the increase in accidents during the holiday season, the more common ones tend to include:
In general, there are more motorists on the road during the holiday season. Increased traffic often leads to an increased risk of deadly crashes, especially during Black Friday, Christmas, and New Year’s, when more people are out running errands, shopping, or hitting bars and restaurants with friends and loved ones. Consequently, highways and streets become more dangerous.
Because the holidays are a time for families to get together, travelers often fill the roads. They may be unfamiliar with Floridian roads and traffic patterns. Increases in the number of people on the streets and highways may mean more distracted driving. Out-of-town visitors may be looking at street signs or maps, figuring out where they need to go, and neglecting to pay attention to the road ahead of them. This lack of awareness can lead to devastating collisions.
According to NHTSA, drunk driving during the holidays, primarily from Christmas to New Year, is a significant problem. In fact, in one year alone, this short time frame resulted in over 285 drunk driving-related deaths, of which 100% were entirely preventable.
Even though not every car accident is preventable, there are some things you can do to lower your risk of being involved in a fatal crash this holiday season. For instance:
Making plans ahead of time so you know where you are going and what roads you have to take can contribute to a safer driving experience this holiday season. It is also a good idea to make sure your car is properly maintained before the holidays hit to ensure you do not have any issues on the road.
When you do not feel like you need to rush to a location, it allows you to focus on what matters most: your safety. If you are meeting up with friends or loved ones for the holidays, try to set a meet-up time to help ensure a safer travel experience.
Durante los días festivos, las personas suelen sentirse cansadas e incluso agotadas después de participar en todas las actividades festivas. Aunque esto no es necesariamente un problema si usted se encuentra en su casa, podría convertirse en un problema si se siente somnoliento y decide conducir. Conducir con sueño puede ser tan peligroso como conducir bajo los efectos del alcohol o las drogas. De hecho, conducir con sueño puede dar lugar a accidentes devastadores y mortales.
For many, holiday gatherings and parties mean time with friends, great food, and an endless amount of booze. While drinking and driving is known to be dangerous, some people still decide to take that risk, putting themselves and others in harm’s way. This is especially true during the holidays. This holiday season, make sure to utilize ridesharing services or assign a designated driver before your holiday events to keep you and others safe.
Driving defensively often involves driving with full awareness of your surroundings, including paying attention to what other motorists are doing on the road. This behavior also includes keeping a safe distance between cars, driving the speed limit, and always using your turn signals to ensure that others know what you will do in your vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident this holiday season, do not wait to get the legal help you need. Instead, contact the Ward Law Group today for a free consultation and let us show you how we can fight for the rightful compensation you need.
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