You’re traveling for the holidays when you notice a car in front of you driving erratically. You’re fairly certain that they are either distracted or impaired, and you aren’t sure how to react. No one wants to be in an accident any time – especially during the holidays.
Thousands of people are killed on the country’s roadways each year due to impaired driving, distracted driving or in some cases, just plain negligence. The holidays are a busy time of year and the amount of accidents that happen during this time of year generally are increased in comparison to other times in the year. If you and your family are planning to visit friends and family this season, here are some tips for staying safe on the road.
1. Keep Your Distance
It can be tempting to drive closely to the car in front of you, especially if you’re in a hurry or traffic is backed up. The greater the distance you can keep between you and the car in front of you, the better able you are to notice erratic or dangerous driving behaviors.
2. Buckle Up
No, the act of buckling your seat belt won’t protect you from getting in an accident, but it will keep you safer in the event you are in an accident. Buckle your belt every time you get in the car and make your passengers to do the same.
3. Look Both Ways
Many holiday accidents occur at intersections. As you approach one, make sure you are looking both ways, even if you have the green light. If you notice a car coming from your left or right that doesn’t appear to be slowing down, you slow down. Side-impact crashes can cause severe injuries, especially in vehicles that aren’t equipped with side-impact airbags.
4. Stick to the Daylight
If you can avoid driving at night, do it. Studies have shown that accidents are more likely to occur after the sun goes down. Consider also that bars close in the wee hours of the morning and unfortunately their patrons may choose to drive instead of having a designated driver, taxi or Uber. Avoid driving late at night if you can.
5. Be Mindful
Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day is actually a very dangerous time of year when it comes to car accidents. Drive safely and just be aware that the roads are especially busy and dangerous this time of year.
It is impossible to know when you are going to be involved in a car accident. This list of tips may help you to be more cognoscente of the busy roads and increased number of accidents that typically happen during this time of year. Drive safe and have happy holidays!
If you should ever happen to be involved in a car accident in the Carolinas, please reach out to our team of experienced injury attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and let you know how we may be able to help you. Compensation for injuries that are caused in an automobile or truck accident may include payment for lost wages, medical bills, future medical care, and pain and suffering among other things. Make sure you speak to someone that can point you in the right direction. Let us know if you ever need assistance.