Drivers Should Take Care To Prevent Holiday Accidents

With the holidays coming up, more people are likely to be on the highways as they travel to be with their loved ones. Increased traffic, however, is not the only reason for motorists to drive more carefully.

With the holidays coming up, more people are likely to be on the highways as they travel to be with their loved ones. Increased traffic, however, is not the only reason for motorists to drive more carefully.

The holidays are the season to be jolly. For some people that means overindulging in alcohol. Unfortunately, for others on the road, some of these revelers will choose to drink and drive. Wise party-goers choose a member of their party to be the designated driver, a person who drinks only non-alcoholic beverages so he or she can safely drive the others home when the party is over. If a designated driver is not available, a tipsy motorist should either spend the night where they are or find a ride home with someone, such as a taxi driver, who hasn't been drinking.

Weather conditions also play a role in holiday accidents. Roads may be snowy and icy, requiring motorists to drive differently than they would at high noon in July. Motorists should be sure to stay within the speed limit or even drive slower if road conditions warrant it. If roads are too hazardous, they should stay where they are until conditions improve. Because it can be more difficult to stop on icy roads, motorists should leave plenty of room between cars.

Driving responsibly is what it's all about, whether it is July or December. Car accidents can happen any time of the year, but they always seem to be more tragic during the holiday season. Car accidents can change lives in an instant. People are injured; families lose loved ones in the blink of an eye.

When people are injured or killed in accidents that aren't their fault, they are entitled to restitution for their injuries. Medical treatment, including future treatment; loss of earnings, if injuries prevent a victim from working; household help, if the person cannot do chores around the house, and pain and suffering can be included in the compensation they may receive following the accident. Victims or surviving family members may wish to speak with one of our auto accident attorneys to find out what their rights are following a car accident. Our auto accident attorney, Lucas Baker, can work with the at-fault parties to secure this compensation for the victims.