Do Car Accidents Increase During the Holidays?

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The holiday season has arrived, which means more visiting, more celebrating and more driving. These and other factors can increase the risk of experiencing a traffic accident. The victims of car accidents and holiday injuries may need financial compensation, but they will also need proper representation to help ensure that the damages they receive are adequate. They can find such assistance from Mayerson Injury Law.

The Risks of Driving During the Holiday Season

Certain risks are more pronounced during the period from Thanksgiving until the end of the year. The most obvious risk comes from intoxicated drivers. Based on figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 36 alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred every day in the United States during the five-year period that was examined.

However, this figure rose to 45 fatalities a day around Christmas and to 54 a day around the New Year's holiday. It is the victims of such accidents who can benefit from the services of a personal injury attorney.

Other Driving Risks During the Holidays

This is a period of increased driving, either locally or on long trips. The Thanksgiving weekend is an extra long holiday for many Americans, with longer trips increasing the risk of driver fatigue and, thus, the risk of accidents.

Most workers do not get off the day before Thanksgiving, which can create a rushed atmosphere, and the Friday after the holiday is one of the busiest days for shopping, with more vehicles and more fatigued drivers on the road.

Additionally, the holiday period is marked by longer nights and weather that is often inhospitable to driving, with wet or icy roads and poor visibility. Car accidents and holiday injuries during this period can result from a number of factors.

How to Make Holiday Driving Safer

One of the best ways to avoid traffic accidents during the holidays or any other time is to avoid driving while intoxicated. Some simple planning can also help reduce the need to rush and decrease the risk of fatigue. However, the safest drivers are not immune to accidents caused by others, which is why personal injury lawyers are so important.

Attorneys can help victims obtain compensation to cover medical expenses or other costs related to an accident. If you are a victim of a holiday traffic accident, turn to the services available from Mayerson Injury Law.

Contact our firm at (610) 492-7155 to discuss your case today.

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