The holiday season is a time for good cheer and merriment. Unfortunately, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is also a time that experiences an increase in car accidents.
Approximately 25,000 people will suffer an injury as a result of a car crash during this period. There are some proactive steps that can help reduce the risk of involvement in an accident. Three examples include:
- Don’t drink. There is a significant increase in the number of accidents connected to alcohol during this period compared to the rest of the year. A recent publication by SCRAM, a company that focuses on reducing the number of drunk drivers on the nation’s roadways, notes that 40 percent of deaths due to alcohol related car accidents occur during this period. Designate a driver to reduce the risk of a drunk driving accident.
- Avoid “Blackout Wednesday” and New Year’s Eve. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving was recently dubbed “Blackout Wednesday.” This day is the unofficial start of the holiday season and has led to some hazardous trends. This day, along with New Year’s Eve, is one of the most dangerous to be out on the roads due to the high number of drivers who have consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel.
- Plan well. There are a greater number of automobiles on the roadways during Thanksgiving compared to a typical day. The more cars on the roads, the more likely an accident. If possible, plan travel times for periods that are less busy, like a few days before Thanksgiving.
These tips can help to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season.
What if I am injured in an accident over the holiday season?
Those who are in a car accident and believe the crash was the result of another driver’s negligence have options. The responsible driver can be held accountable. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney to discuss your options.