The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful time with family and friends being thankful for yet another year, but for some that can change rather quickly. With the holidays upon us, many will be traveling home for the holidays, increasing the chances for accidents on the roads. With a higher volume of travelers there are more impaired, distracted, tired, and stressed-out drivers on the road. On top of all of these obstacles, there can also be hazardous road conditions which are also an accident-causing factor.
It is imperative that you get enough rest before traveling. It is recommended when traveling long distances that you stop and stretch every two hours. You can stop to fill up, grab a bite to eat, use the bathroom, or simply stand up and stretch. While traveling this holiday season, try to remain focused on the journey ahead and keep yourself from distractions such as your phone, radio, or the snack you have in the back seat. Keeping your focus on the road is not only important for you, but also for those travelers around you. To minimize distractions, check your phone, find a good radio station, and eat before you start driving.
Another issue with holiday travel is the possibility of drivers who are under the influence. If you have had a few to drink it is in the best interest of you and everyone around you to call a ride service or prepare a designated driver to ensure everyone’s safety. Even if you have remained sober during the holiday celebration, you could still be in danger of those who did not decide to use the safe option. Keep an eye out for swerving or drifting cars, maintain a safe distance from them on the road, and contact local law enforcement if necessary.
If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident this holiday season, contact our personal injury department and one of our personal injury attorneys would be happy to help you in the best way we can.