We’re right in the middle of the holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have been celebrated, Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner and New Year’s Day will be soon after that. This means celebrations will be in full swing, and your PG County Car Accident Lawyer also knows this means something else: there will be an influx of drivers on the roads which are off work, shopping and going to see their friends and families to spread good cheer. Unfortunately, some of those drivers will be involved in car accidents, and today, we’re revealing the 3 of the most common causes of car accidents during the holiday season – and how you can avoid them.
Whether it is from a long road trip or a long day of shopping not far from home, car accidents caused by driver fatigue are all too common. Every so often, those involved are lucky enough to walk away without injuries, but there are many more occasions when the car accident injuries involve Traumatic Brain Injuries, broken bones, or even death. Hindsight often reveals that the driver fatigue was 100% avoidable: a better night’s sleep or a nap during the day could have kept the driver more alert in many of the accidents that were caused by driver fatigue. No shopping expedition or road trip is worth the loss of life. Prioritize rest over the holidays and avoid this type of disaster!
Drinking and Driving (DUI)
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol happens year-round, but, because of all the get-togethers and parties, the likelihood of drinking and driving is much more likely. This applies to even those individuals who don’t make a regular habit of drinking too much. Sometimes the fun festivities mean free-flowing no-cost alcoholic drinks and that person who planned to drive home needs to change such plans if they have been drinking.
If you plan to drink over the holidays (or any other time), prioritize getting a ride with someone else or getting to your destination on foot or via public transportation.
Rear-end accidents are becoming more and more common, no doubt due in part to the increase of mobile phone use behind the wheel. Many people think of a rear-end accident as a small bump from one car to the next, perhaps at a stop light or stop sign.
You can avoid being the cause of a rear-end accident by doing what you’re supposed to do behind the wheel: No distractions, obey the speed limit and leave enough space for a sudden stop. If the roads are slick where you are driving, be sure to leave more space than you normally would between your vehicle and the one in front of yours.
PG County Car Accident Lawyer
Here at The Lapidus Law Firm, we hope that you will have a fun-filled holiday season with your friends and family. However, if things don’t go as planned, make sure you know what to do after a car accident. And then, reach out to your award-winning PG County Car Accident Lawyer, Larry Lapidus. Mr. Lapidus has a plethora of glowing reviews online and has many highly satisfied clients; some of whose grandparents and other family members who have been or are current clients. If you’re in an accident over the holidays, call today at (301) 605-4296 for your free, no obligation consultation.