The Holidays are upon us. And while the coronavirus pandemic may have changed our travel plans for the season, many people will still be traveling by car to see family and friends. As always, with an increase in travel, comes an increase in accidents and injuries.
Holiday Travel and the Risks of Driving
With the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 AAA Travel Forecast expects automobile traffic to be down this year for the Thanksgiving holiday. While this may mean less traffic and congestion on the roads, there is still the risk of auto accidents and injury.
Whether driving locally or going the distance, tips drivers can follow to make holiday driving safer:
Leave Early and Slow Down – People are hurried and stressed during the holiday season. If you have somewhere to be at a certain time, try to leave 5-10 minutes earlier than you normally would to prevent the need to push the limits on speed, and to account for unexpected traffic and delays.
Maintain a Safe Distance – While traveling, increase the following distance between you and the other cars. This allows more time for safe stopping should other cars need to stop suddenly and unexpectedly. And, if you happen to get rear-ended by a vehicle traveling behind you, it may prevent your car from being pushed into the rear of the car in front of you.
Don’t Drink & Drive – People tend to drink more during the holidays, and drunk driving accidents often result in serious, sometimes fatal injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between 2013 and 2017, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6pm Wednesday to 5:59am Monday), making it one of the deadliest holidays on our roads. Whatever you do Don’t Drink and Drive. Take advantage of Uber or Lyft or designate a driver at the beginning of the night who will abstain from drinking and drive you home.
These are just a few suggestions for driving safely this holiday season. Keep in mind, however, that regardless of what precautions you take to stay safe, there is always the possibility of being involved in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence. It is the people injured in such accidents who benefit from the help of a personal injury attorney.
Attorneys can help you recover your medical expenses as well as any other costs related to the accident. If you’ve been injured, turn to the expert personal injury services of Gautreaux Law. We can help you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation at 478-238-9758 or toll-free at 888-876-6935.