Published on November 24, 2016
1. More Travelers, More Accidents: Staying Safe on the Road During the Holidays
2. Depending on how you feel, holidays can be a source of joy and togetherness or a logistical headache that involves too much stressful travel. For many, it’s a combination of both. Unfortunately, this additional travel will inevitably result in a spike in the number of car accidents.
3. Large Numbers Head to the Road
4. AAA estimates that 48.7 million people in the United States will travel fifty or more miles from home over the Thanksgiving holiday—1 million more than last year. The projected increase is said to be due to a healthy economy and low gas prices. AAA is also estimating that it will have to aid 370,000 drivers with flat tires, lost keys, and dead batteries. Other statistics contend that 400 people will die each year in traffic accidents around Thanksgiving and that many more will be injured. And in the winter holidays, roughly 100 million people will travel between December 23 and January 3. This overload of the roads, in addition to tired and potentially alcohol-impaired drivers along with questionable weather, can make the holidays turn deadly.
5. What You Can Do to Stay Safe
6. • Check your car for the following a few days before traveling: tire air level, spare tire, jack, roadside assistance card, oil level, windshield-wiper fluid, headlights, tail lights, and brights. Jumper cables and even an external battery can help you take care of your car if your battery goes dead • Get your directions ahead of time. Even if you are using a GPS or your cell phone, it is worth plugging in the directions a few hours before your departure time to check road closures so you won’t be tempted to speed to make up for lost time. Also, even the GPS can malfunction or lose signal and leave you in the dark • Plan an alternate route in case of traffic snarls or terrible weather. • Consider whether you can leave a day before or after when most other people do, such as the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. • Rest up—drowsy driving is a major cause of accidents. • Assign a designated driver and remember to drive defensively to avoid other drunk or drugged drivers. • Use TollTag, EZ Pass, Fast Pass, or other automatic payment systems that allow you to avoid long toll lines and fishing for cash while you’re driving. • Have a roadside emergency kit in case you get stuck off road or in harsh weather. A flare, first aid kit, water bottles, blankets, warm coats, and—for those traveling into wintry weather—an ice scraper and shovel may be necessary.
7. • At Colley & Colley, LLP, we see good people hurt in senselessfar too many accidents. If you fall prey to someone else’s negligent driving or other hazards over the holidays, we are here to fight for your rights. With over thirty years’ experience in personal injury law, we have all the tools to present your case in the best light possible and to seek the highest financial awards. • Contact us today and find out why we have so many satisfied customers. To get started, simply call 1-877-411-2001 or reach us online through our website.