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Do Car Accidents Increase During the Holidays?

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While the holiday season is a joyous time of the year, it is also a time when car accidents happen at a much higher frequency. During the holiday season, people tend to feel rushed and stressed.

Other factors such as overindulgence in alcohol or driving in hazardous conditions can play a role as well. If you are injured in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

Why do more car accidents occur during the holidays?

1. Driving under the influence - This is the number one reason for auto accidents. During the holiday season, alcohol tends to flow a lot more frequently, and individuals who have no business behind the wheel often attempt to drive. This can lead to catastrophic results. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 54% of fatal auto accidents on New Year's Day are alcohol-related.

2. More vehicles are on the road - During the holiday season, roads, streets, highways often have more vehicles, which leads to more accidents. People are often doing things at the last minute and feeling rushed. Stressed drivers and ones who have had too much to drink can pose a danger to everyone on the road.

3. Driving in bad weather - Wrecks on icy roads can be catastrophic. Certain areas have a lot of ice and snow during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, people will drive too fast for the road conditions. The rule of thumb is to only drive in hazardous conditions as a last resort. If you have to, be as careful as possible.

4. Texting and driving - Holiday accidents involving texting and driving also increase during the holiday season. People always have the urge to communicate with loved ones during this time of year. Sending out a Merry Christmas text while driving could very well be the last thing you ever do. If you need to text, pull to the side of the road or wait until you arrive at your destination.

Tips to avoid traffic accidents during the holidays

1. Don't drink before getting behind the wheel.
2. Take your time while driving, and obey the speed limit.
3. Only drive in hazardous conditions if absolutely necessary.
4. Make sure your car is mechanically sound to lessen the likelihood of an accident.
5. Do not talk on your cell phone or text while driving.

Do your part in preventing holiday auto accidents. Following the aforementioned tips can go a long way in accident prevention.

If you have been hurt in a car accident during the holiday season due to someone else's negligence, contact our firm at (708) 928-8680.

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