The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is a busy time for most people, including a lot of driving to and from various gatherings, shopping and events. With so many people on the road and possible winter storms passing through, it is no wonder there are many traffic accidents during this time period. However, the biggest risk to people on the roads during the holidays are negligent drivers. There are hundreds of traffic fatalities and thousands of injury accidents caused by intoxicated and distracted drivers during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe while driving this holiday season.
Schedule a Vehicle Inspection
If you intend on driving extensively this holiday season, make sure your vehicle is ready. This is a good time to schedule a vehicle inspection to ensure all your systems are in good condition. A tire and brake check and other safety inspections can give you peace of mind that your vehicle will perform its best if you need to stop quickly or handle adverse road conditions.
Defensive Driving – Limit Distractions
It is understandable to be distracted during the holidays with so much going on. However, when you get behind the wheel, put everything else aside and focus on driving. You cannot control others on the roadway, but you can be a defensive driver and do your best to avoid accidents. Do not talk or text, even with hands-free devices, while driving and stay focused on getting you and your family safely to your destination.
Plan Ahead for Celebrations
If you are attending parties where you will enjoy a holiday cocktail, plan ahead for your transportation. Have a designated driver or plan to take a shared ride or taxi to your party. Alcohol-related traffic fatality and injury accidents increase during the holiday season. Do not contribute to these sad statistics and drive sober this holiday season.
Call Us If You Are in a Holiday Injury Car Accident
At Conley Griggs Partin LLP, we want you to be safe during the holiday season. But unfortunately, even safe drivers can be victims of negligent drivers on the roads. If you are injured in a vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, we want you to call us first to protect your rights for compensation. We sincerely hope you do not need our assistance this holiday season, but if you do, we will be there to help you and your family.
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