The holiday season is both one of the busiest and most dangerous travel times of the year. The roads become more populated with people looking to head out on vacation or visit family, and many choose to do so in poor weather that may leave moisture or ice. As a result, hundreds of people every year are killed as a result of a car accident, and thousands more are injured over the Christmas and New Year holidays. On this blog, we offer you a few valuable tips for staying safe while driving this holiday season.
The holidays are an unfortunate time of tragedy for those who fall victim to car accidents and their families. According to the National Safety Council, an average of 343 people die in traffic-related deaths every year over the three-day Christmas holiday, and another 373 die just a week later over the New Year holiday weekend.
Experts also say that many of these accidents could have been prevented and were the result of a simple, correctable mistake. This make adhering to these important safety tips even more valuable, especially if you plan on traveling with people this winter.
Get Your Maintenance Done
Cars need regular, periodic maintenance to ensure they are operating at their safest. If you haven’t done so already, now would be an excellent time to have your vehicle maintenance done. Check your tires to ensure the tread is at a safe operating level, and likewise have your brakes checked for their condition. If either of these are below standards, have them replaced.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Distracted driving is one of the biggest hazards on the road on a normal day, particularly so on days when weather and road conditions may be poor. Experts estimate that one in four car crashes involves the use of a cell phone. Do not text and drive, and if you must use the phone while driving, invest in a Bluetooth or other hands-free technology.
Watch Your Speed
The insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that speed plays a role in roughly 70% of all fatal accidents. The speed limit may not be the safest speed either—hazards such as heavy rain or fog may reduce your visibility or make the roads slick, lowering the speed at which you can safely drive. Be sure to keep this in mind while driving and remain focused.
If you are injured in an auto accident this holiday season, review your legal options with the assistance of a Martin County car accident attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. We work hard to represent the best interests and well-being of the injured, and may be able to assist you with obtaining substantial compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Assocaites, PLLC today at 866-675-4427 for assistance with pursuing your legal options after an injury.