The holiday season is a time of celebration, but is also a time fraught with many different risk. From toys you buy for your kids turning out to be defective to the dangers of fire from Christmas decorations, you need to be cautious and careful about avoiding holiday season dangers. Perhaps one of the biggest risks you will face, however, is the chance of a holiday season auto accident.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are two of the most dangerous days of the year for drivers. New Years Eve and New Years Day also top the list of days when there is an elevated risk of auto accidents.
Although the roads may not be as safe as they should be during the holidays, there are a few things you can do to try to protect yourself and stay safe. Unfortunately, even when you do everything right and are as careful as you can be, you could still be hurt due to the negligence of others. If you are harmed in a holiday car accident, you need to understand what your rights are and should consider pursuing a claim against those responsible for the damage you have endured.
According to USA Today, there will be around 250 fatalities and 27,900 injuries in auto accidents during the prime holiday travel time. The holiday travel period is high-risk for a lot of reasons, with the biggest issue being the sheer number of travelers on the roads. Around 95 million motorists will be traveling over the holiday season, with many going more than 50 miles to see friends or family. An increase in road traffic has the natural consequence of causing more accidents and not just because there are more people to get in crashes. More people on the roads also means more traffic, which can lead to an elevated danger of rear-end crashes or chain reaction crashes because cars are packed more closely together.
Another big reason why there are a lot of car accidents during the Christmas and New Years holiday period is because there is a lot of drinking going on to celebrate the festive season. People may attend parties and have too much to drink, then get behind the wheel.
Motorists need to be aware of elevated risks and try to drive in a smart and assertive way to avoid becoming a victim of a collision. In addition to taking obvious steps like making certain you stay sober when you are driving, you should also be watchful for what other motorists are doing. If you see someone driving erratically or dangerously, contact law enforcement for help. Watching the road carefully, and avoiding distracted or drowsy driving, can help you to get yourself out of harms way if a dangerous driver is doing something wrong on the roads. Of course, a dangerous driver can be held accountable for accidents but it is best if you can avoid a crash in the first place.