We all look forward to the holidays and the opportunity to celebrate with our family and friends. However, some of the most dangerous times to be on the road are during the holiday season, when people are more likely to be traveling, partying, or rushing to complete last-minute gift shopping.
It helps to recognize a few of the most common causes of car accidents around the holidays. While some of these dangers may be unavoidable, understanding the risks and exercising extreme caution can help keep you as safe as possible.
Among the most prevalent dangers of holiday driving are:
More Traffic on the Road
With millions of Americans taking to the road to travel during the busy holiday season, the increase in congestion and traffic jams can present more opportunities for car accidents to occur. Despite how safe and defensive a driver may be, some neglect the rules of the road and place others in harm.
Drunk driving is a prevalent problem on our roads every day, but as many people attend and imbibe at holiday parties, the risk of motor-vehicle crashes only goes up. According to the National Safety Council, 38% of auto-related fatalities during the 2019 Christmas Day holiday period involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In South Carolina, the law prohibits driving for all adults with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, so prepare accordingly with a designated driver to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Dangerous Weather Conditions
While the Upstate may not regularly fall victim to severe winter weather, it’s not uncommon to experience hazardous conditions like rainy and icy roads. Before getting behind the wheel, research your local road conditions and confirm that your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date and its tires have the correct air pressure for safe travel.
Increased Holiday Stress
As the holiday season welcomes exciting festivities and get-togethers, it also brings increased amounts of holiday-related stress. Because of this, drivers often practice poor judgment and drive recklessly because they are distracted or in a hurry to get to their destination. To avoid a potential car collision, leave yourself extra time to get where you need to be so that you can travel calmly and carefully.
At Smith Injury Law, we want you to stay safe during the holidays. If you are in a collision, take comfort in knowing that our team is prepared to provide you with the professional legal services you need when you need them.
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