Is There an Increased Risk for Car Accidents During the Holiday Season?

Posted on December 25, 2019 at 12:00pm by
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Your chances of getting into a car accident increase during certain periods of time during the day, the week, and the year. Driving during periods of heavy road congestion (rush hour), inclement weather, or late-night hours can result in a serious car accident. Drunk driving adds to these risks during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive.

Why Do Car Accidents Increase During the Holiday Period?

There are more people on the road traveling to visit family and friends for holiday celebrations. Holiday parties and gatherings also result in a sharp increase in drunk drivers. Fatalities resulting from accidents with alcohol-impaired drivers have become extremely predictable between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. More than 40 percent of the car accident fatalities on Christmas and New Year’s involved alcohol, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Drowsy driving can also result in deadly consequences. If a fatigued driver has travelled long distances on a holiday road trip, they are at a much higher risk of being involved in an accident. In fact, drowsy driving may be comparable to driving under the influence of moderate amounts of alcohol. Icy or snowy roads can further increase the risk for drowsy drivers.

Pedestrian accidents involving negligent or drunk drivers also increase during the holidays. According to the journal Injury Prevention, more pedestrian deaths occur on New Year’s Eve than on any other day during the year.

Call Our Atlantic City Personal Injury Law Firm If You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident

Our attorneys at Donald G. Targan & Associates can give you more information and possibly help you recover compensation after a car accident during the holidays. Call us today for a free consultation.

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