According to a 2005 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two of the four deadliest days on the road are December 23 and December 24. The six-day period that includes Christmas had 18% more auto accidents than the Thanksgiving period and 27% more than the days around New Year’s Day. Some of the reasons accidents spike during the holidays are the following:
- Drinking and Driving. Approximately 40% of all fatalities during the Christmas holiday period involved at least one alcohol-impaired driver.
- Holiday Stress. The stress of holiday shopping and holiday events can be a huge contributor to auto accidents. When shoppers are stuck in holiday traffic, or rushing to get to their destination, they tend to put safety on the back burner. Before you leave home, please take just a few moments to focus on safe driving. Or better yet, do your shopping online and avoid some of the stress.
- More Vehicles on the Road. During December, there are more vehicles on the roads than at other times of the year, leading to the potential for more auto accidents. Long distance travelers, unfamiliar with our roads, add to the congestion.
- Poor Vehicle Maintenance. Drivers saving for holiday gifts may skimp on vehicle maintenance such as new tires or brakes in the months leading up to Christmas.
If you do get in an accident, first seek medical attention either at the emergency room or with your own doctor. Then, call Nee Law at 401-453-5633 or email us at Katie@neelawoffice.com. You may be entitled to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, out of pocket costs and property damage to your vehicle and personal belongings, as well as scarring and any permanent conditions.
It is always a mistake to accept a quick settlement from the insurance company before speaking with an attorney. Attorney Nee will represent you without any up front payment. We only get compensated if you get a fair and reasonable settlement from the insurance company.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.