The holiday season is a time when many people are on the roads, traveling to see family and friends. Unfortunately, this also means more car accidents are happening at this time of year. Our Rockford personal injury attorneys look at some of the statistics around holiday car accidents and give tips on staying safe while driving during the busy season.
Statistics show that the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times to be on the roads. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, holiday travel has been consistently linked to increased car accidents and fatalities since 2002. During this period, there were an average of 407 fatal holiday-related crashes each year nationwide. The vast majority of holiday-related accidents involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
Tips for Staying Safe On the Roads This Holiday Season
Plan Your Route Beforehand
Planning ahead can help you avoid the holiday traffic and reduce your chances of being involved in an accident.
Avoid Distractions While Driving
Distractions such as texting or talking on a cell phone can put you and other drivers at risk of getting into an accident. Leave your phone alone while driving and focus on the road.
Be aware of other drivers and give yourself plenty of time to react. Don't take unnecessary driving risks like speeding or changing lanes without signaling.
Avoid drinking and driving: Always designate a driver if you will be drinking, and stick to that plan.
Be Mindful of Holiday Decorations
Christmas lights, trees, and other decorations can be distractions while driving, so be sure to keep your eyes on the road.
These simple tips can help ensure that your holiday season is safe and enjoyable for you and your family. Drive this holiday season safely!
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At Reno & Zahm LLP, we understand the dangers of holiday car accidents and are here to help you if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need legal advice or assistance. We're here for you!
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