The holidays are among us! Thanksgiving has just passed and many people are still recovering from their Thanksgiving feast. When you have a belly full of turkey, holiday travel is the last thing on your mind.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, you likely have plans to do some more traveling. The holiday season is a joyful time we spend with friends and family, but it’s also one of the most dangerous times of the year for traveling on the road.
At Hancock Injury Attorneys, we want everyone to get to their holiday celebrations safely. That’s why we’re sharing helpful information and tips on safe holiday travel. Keep reading to learn about how you can stay safe on the road this holiday season.
What Causes Car Accidents during Holiday Travel?
There are a number of reasons why car accidents are more common during the holidays. The rate of car crashes commonly rises among the holidays because more people are on the road. The increase in drivers on the road increases your likelihood of being in an accident.
A rise in car travel unfortunately also means a rise in traffic fatalities.
People are also more likely to drive under the influence during the holidays. In fact, 38 percent of car crash fatalities involved drunk driving during the 2019 Christmas Day holiday period. This is just another reason why it is crucial to practice extra precaution while traveling during the holiday season.
COVID-19 Pandemic Effect on Holiday Season
With many people being able to see their families for the first time in about two years, there’s expected to be a huge increase in traffic this season. Despite this, the effect of COVID-19 on this holiday’s season is unpredictable.
How You Can Stay Safe on the Road
Driver safety is important no matter the time of year. Keep these things in mind while traveling:
- Avoid other drivers on the road
- Do not drive at all while under the influence *
- Drive during the day versus at night if possible
- Pay attention to your driving
- Prevent stress/distractions by giving yourself enough travel time
*You should never drive under the influence. If you want to let loose, then it’s important that you have a designated driver. Having a designated driver is one of the most responsible things you can do for yourself and your loved ones during this holiday season.
Your Tampa Car Accident Lawyers: Hancock Injury Attorneys
Hancock Injury Attorneys hopes everyone stays safe this holiday season. Remember, you should never drink and drive. But, if you want to drink, make sure you have a designated driver to help get you home safely.
If you were recently injured by someone else’s negligence, then get in touch with us. By working with an experienced lawyer like Mike Hancock, you’ll have a better shot at getting the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us at (813) 915-1110 to schedule your free case consultation today.