Top Five Reasons for Holiday Car Wrecks
No one wants a car wreck for Christmas, but the fact is that the number of collisions goes up during the holiday season. From parking lot fender benders to fatal crashes on streets and highways, collisions occur with higher frequency during the holidays as drivers who are stressed, distracted, tired, and sometimes intoxicated get behind the wheel. Freezing temperatures and icy roads create hazardous roadways that lead to even more wrecks. The worst can happen, as shown by the recent tragic hit and run that killed young Yahir Vidal.
At Ross Law Group, as experienced car wreck lawyers, every day we help people who were injured by reckless drivers. Our mission is to get people the compensation they deserve, and also to send the message that drivers have a responsibility to follow the rules of the road and maintain a safe environment for the community.
Top preventable reasons that there are more collisions during the holiday season include:
1. STRESS: Researchers say that more than half of people surveyed about the holidays felt stressed by the feeling of having a lack of time, lack of money, and pressure to give or get gifts. Elevated stress and anxiety decrease attention to driving and can have the same devastating effect on driving skills as using a cell phone.
2. DISTRACTED DRIVING: Despite knowledge of the danger of using cell phones while driving, drivers still talk, text, tweet and even shop online while on the road.
3. AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: Speeding, ignoring traffic signals, cutting other drivers off, following too closely and other reckless driving increases along with stress levels.
4. DRUNK DRIVING: Too many people celebrate the season with alcohol and then drive.
5. POOR OR OBSTRUCTED VISION: Vision problems, even minor ones, can result in impaired driving. Driving in the dark amplifies glare and minor errors in eyesight as well as problems like poor depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision.
In addition, never load items into your vehicle that block your lines of sight.
Prevention and planning ahead can reduce your risk. Simple things like preplanning your trip or allowing more time to travel can reduce stress and help you get to your destination safely.
Always wear a seat belt and never use a cell phone while driving or drive after drinking.
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