For many, the holidays are a time of increased travel. If you find yourself on the road in the weeks to come, it is important to do whatever you can to improve your overall level of safety.
Tips to Stay Safe This Holiday Season
Every year, drivers and passengers are injured and killed in holiday auto accidents. Here are a few things you can do to avoid trouble:
- Make sure other drivers see you. If others don’t see you, the chance of an accident is much greater. For example, don’t drive in a trucker’s blind spot. Along with this, use your lights and signals to ensure you are seen. If your headlights are not working properly, avoid driving at night until they are fixed.
- Keep your eyes on the road. Those Christmas lights may be beautiful, but you don’t want to stare while you are behind the wheel. It only takes one distraction to cause an accident. Avoiding distractions also means waiting to make phone calls or text messages. Using your phone, or changing the radio, can be distractions that lead to an accident.
- Be aware of drunk drivers. Let’s face it: drinking and driving is common during the holiday seasons. Even if you are 100% sober, somebody else could be under the influence. If you get the feeling that another driver is drunk, maintain a safe distance while also contacting the authorities.
- Check the weather before leaving: The holiday season is paired with winter driving conditions. Snowstorms and icy roads can increase your risk of being in an accident. Get in the habit of checking the weather before leaving. If the weather is too bad, pull over and wait until it is safe to get back on the road.
When you find yourself driving this holiday season, let these tips keep you safe. If you are involved in an accident caused by another party, you may want to contact us to learn more about your legal rights. If another driver was negligent, such as driving while texting, or while under the influence of alcohol, then it is possible that they may also be liable for your damages.
How to Handle a Holiday Car Accident
While getting in a car accident during the holiday season is in some ways, similar to navigating a car accident any time of the year, there are a few differences to be aware of. For example, many drivers travel to nearby states to visit with family during the holidays. This can complicate the process, as you may not know where to report the accident, or how to seek legal representation if you experience injuries.
Additionally, if you do not immediately report the accident or have a tow truck on call, you could be left in the cold for a long period of time. If you are involved in a car accident this holiday season, be sure to:
- Report it to the local police department and request a copy of the report
- Always receive medical care and document the process
- Gather contact information of other drivers involved in the accident
- Finally, Discuss the details of your case with a lawyer
A lawyer can help you evaluate your options and determine the best steps to take.