Everything You Need to Know About Car Accidents During the Holiday Season
The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, and many folks will spend more time on the road traveling to see their friends and family. While this time of year is meant to be celebrated with your loved ones, there is also an increase in collisions on the road due to an uptick in traffic. Here is everything you need to know about car accidents during the holiday season:
When you think about it, it makes sense that there would be more accidents when more people are on the road. However, it might surprise you how much of an increase there is. On each major holiday, the rate of car accidents increases by almost 15 percent, with fatalities from crashes up between 5 and 10 percent each year. As we travel to see our family and friends, it is crucial to focus on the road and the cars around you at all times. In addition to more traffic, distracted drivers are also an issue because everyone is overwhelmed with travel plans, decorating, shopping, and much more.
The holiday season is busy for everyone, so the last thing you want to do is be set behind due to a car accident. While you can never fully control what happens on the road, one of the best ways to protect yourself is by knowing what causes these wrecks. One of the biggest causes of car accidents during the holidays is distracted driving. People think they can take a second while they are stuck in traffic to check the time or respond to the family group text about what everyone is making for dinner. However, all it takes is that one second for an accident to occur. Remember, it is against the law in Tennessee to text and drive or to be on the phone while driving. A couple of the other biggest causes of accidents are drinking and driving and people falling asleep behind the wheel.
How to Protect Yourself
Now that you know about some of the biggest causes of car accidents during the holidays, let’s talk about some ways to protect yourself. Be sure to follow all speed limit laws and create a safe buffer between you and the cars around you. It is also important to not drive impaired. If you are too tired to drive or you have had alcohol, be sure to find a designated driver. It is also important to always remain calm on the road. It is easy to become frustrated with the weather or the constant traffic during the holidays. That is why there is an increase in road rage during the months of November and December. Staying calm will allow you to make good decisions while driving and keep your entire family safe.
How We Can Help
Even if you follow the tips above, there is no way you can fully protect yourself from accidents on the road. If you are involved in an accident this holiday season, our law office is here to help you get what you are entitled to. We deal with cases involving all sorts of motor vehicle accidents, including drunk driving accidents, wrecks with uninsured motorists, and much more. We will provide you with a free consultation and get you on the right track for financial compensation.
The holidays are a time to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. However, plans can change immediately when car accidents are involved. Contact our team of lawyers today and let us help you through the entire law process. We hope you have an amazing holiday season!