The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy. Yet if you are injured in a car crash it could turn into anything but that.
The reason that you need to take extra care on the roads this Christmas and New Year, is that others may not be. Here are some of the things to watch out for:
It’s 4 pm on December 24th. The roads are full of last-minute shoppers, rushing from store to store to find one that has the must-have toy in stock or to get the essential lunch ingredient the local supermarket has run out of. Combine that with massive queues in the stores and on the roads and many drivers are at their wit’s end. It does not make for safe driving conditions.
Most kids love Christmas and while they enjoy visiting Grandma’s for lunch, they may not appreciate the long drive there and back. Kids can get over-tired during the holidays because they often stay up later than usual. The result is that rather than concentrating on the road, many drivers are turning around to stop their kids from killing each other, or to answer their requests for food, drink or amusement.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) figures for 2019 show that 38% of traffic fatalities during the Christmas holiday involved a driver over the limit. Alcohol will have played a role in many other crashes where people were injured but did not die. Drinks flow freely at this time of year, and many drinkers forget they are also drivers.
If someone injures you on the roads this holiday, investigating what caused them to crash into you will be crucial to getting the compensation you need.