Traveling during the holidays can fuel the excitement for the pending celebrations and family members that will be at the destination. However, overcrowded roadways, inclement weather, and negligent driving can pose serious risks for increased vehicle crashes. A few simple precautions can reduce your risk of being involved in a holiday accident.
Prepare for Long-Distance Travel
A properly maintained vehicle is more likely to make it to the destination without incident. Before putting the car on the road, have the tires, wipers, fluids, and oil checked, pack emergency supplies, and make sure maps or a navigation system is available for directions. The driver should pull over when studying a GPS or map to avoid distracted driving. Schedule stops along the way to avoid eating while driving or becoming fatigued, which has also been linked to car accidents.
Exercise Caution While Driving
All drivers have a duty of reasonable care to other drivers and pedestrians. Travel during the holiday season warrants even more caution due to driving conditions that are not present at other times of the year. Overcrowded roads, speeding vehicles, and ice and snow can contribute to hazardous driving conditions and increased accidents. To help avoid being involved in an accident, do the following:
- Drive during less crowded times, such as early morning or late at night
- Keep a safe distance from a leading car
- Follow legal speed limits
- Stay alert and pull over when fatigue may compromise driving
- Abstain from alcohol and other substances before and during driving
- Properly secure items in the back of a truck or on a trailer
- Create an emergency plan with the passengers in the vehicle in case of an accident
Do Not Participate in Negligent Driving
Be a responsible driver. Distracted driving can be as dangerous as driving while under the influence. When driving, avoid:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Watching videos
- Arguing with a passenger
- Changing radio stations or manipulating the volume
- Reading maps
- Turning to talk to someone in the backseat
- Traveling with an active, loose animal that could interfere with driving
- Allowing children to toss toys or move about the vehicle
In the Event of an Accident
Despite your best efforts, you may still be involved in an accident due to the negligence of another driver. If you have sustained injuries during your holiday travels and would like to seek compensation, contact Carey, Danis & Lowe. The attorneys at Carey, Danis & Lowe are well-versed in accident laws and can determine the best course of action to take to recover some of your financial loss. Sustaining a personal injury during the holidays can be particularly overwhelming for the victim to handle. Contact us today or fill out our online contact form and the attorneys at Carey, Danis & Lowe will help relieve your stress by taking an instrumental part in negotiating the terms of any compensation to which you may be entitled. With them handling your claim, you can focus on making the most of your holiday.