Many people don’t recognize the dangers associated with the Christmas and New Years’ holidays when it comes to road traffic—these weekends are some of the most dangerous of the entire year for a wide variety of reasons. On this blog, we take a look at some of the numbers for car accidents during these two weekends and offer a few tips for avoiding a potentially devastating collision.
Car accidents increase for a number of reasons during the Christmas and New Year holidays. On one hand, these are both popular holidays for travel, with many people choosing to visit family, escape cold weather, or just generally find a way to utilize their vacation or time off work. Both of these holidays are also frequently celebrated with parties and alcohol, meaning more intoxicated drivers on the roads. Combine that with roads that may be wet and slippery or icy from cold temperatures or snow, and you have a recipe for a lot of accidents.
According to Edmunds.com, an average of 343 people die every year during the three-day Christmas holiday from traffic-related incidents. That number increases to 373 during the three-day New Year holiday.
Avoiding an Accident
Much like any other time of the year, there are three primary causes of car accidents: alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. Intoxicated drivers increase during the holidays every year for reasons we have already discussed previously, but speeding and distracted driving also play a factor. Texting and driving is illegal, and with increased police presence on the roads, you could be risking a very expensive ticket.
Likewise, it is important to make sure you always drive at a speed that is safe for your road conditions. If you are traveling with rain, snow, or ice on the roads, or in conditions of heavy fog, be sure you slow down and give yourself the ability to stop in the event you need to. Additionally, be sure to always wear your seatbelt while driving, as it could save your life.
If you are injured in a car accident this holiday season, let an experienced Kentucky car accident attorney assist you with your case. Bahe, Cook, Cantley & Nefzger, PLC is an award-winning firm that may be able to help you obtain the substantial compensation you deserve. We understand the importance of quality representation, and we can stand up for you and your best interests after your accident.