How To Avoid Holiday Car Crashes
Did you know that the roads are exponentially more dangerous during the holiday season? While most people spend November and December driving to and fro, it should be no surprise that car crash statistics spike around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Between holiday parties, shopping expeditions, and family visits, people usually see more road time in the winter. In order to keep you and your family safe this season, make sure you know the dangers and how to avoid them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), history tells us that more than half of all traffic fatalities for the entire year typically occur during the holidays. Between the years 2001 and 2005, 41% of fatalities occurred on Christmas and 38% occurred on New Year’s. Statistics also tell us that younger drivers are more at risk. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. In fact, between December 15, 2016, and January 1, 2017, there were 37 people who died in car crashes between the ages of 21 and 24.
Reasons for Holiday Accidents
Car accidents during the holidays may be caused by a number of things, but studies have revealed alcohol to be the most common culprit. The NHTSA estimates that roughly 40% of all fatal traffic incidents are caused by drunk or impaired driving. During the holidays, many people gather with friends and family from out of town, and holiday parties usually pop up in abundance. The increase in parties inevitably leads to drinking and, sadly, impaired driving.
Besides DUI incidents, holiday crashes might also be caused by icy roads, rain, or other weather-related impairments. The high volume of cars on the road during the holiday season can also lead to traffic incidents. Fatigued driving can also be a big cause of holiday traffic accidents. People often stretch themselves thin during the holidays in an effort to keep up with all of the shopping, decorating, and other seasonal activities. Driving drowsy, some studies show, can be just as dangerous as driving drunk, even more so.
In order to avoid becoming a part of these staggering statistics, we urge you to drive cautiously this holiday season and to encourage your loved ones to do the same.
If you or someone you love was in an accident is caused by another person’s negligence, you may have a right to make a personal injury claim. To see if you have a car accident case, contact Miller Injury Attorneys and discuss your situation with our Sacramento team.