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Avoiding Car Accidents and Injuries

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The holidays are one of the most festive times of the year, filled with social events and reunions with family and friends. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most dangerous times for road users in terms of being at risk for car accidents.

DUI Accidents Spike at the End of the Year

Holiday gatherings and impromptu nights out with friends can all be a fun part of the season. However, alcohol often plays a central role in these activities, increasing the risk for car accidents and injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, close to 800 people will fall victim to fatal alcohol-related crashes during the month of December, while thousands more suffer serious injuries.

When out celebrating, be aware of the impact that even one or two drinks can have on your driving abilities. When on the road, be to the signs that another driver is under the influence:

  • Weaving in and out of their lane;
  • Driving either too slow or above the speed limit;
  • Driving without headlights;
  • Driving the wrong way on one way roads or at highway entrance or exit ramps.

Give suspected drunk drivers plenty of room and make an effort to get a description of the vehicle and the license plate number. At the first safe opportunity, pull to the side of the road and notify law enforcement officials.

Taking a Road Trip? Prepare Before You Go 

If your plans for future holidays involve driving to visit relatives and friends, take the time before you go to make sure that both you and your vehicle are well prepared. Edmunds warns that late December is one of the busiest times on the road and one of the most dangerous for car accidents and injuries. To protect yourself, they recommend the following tips:

  • Take your car to a mechanic for a thorough check up and make sure your battery, tires, brakes, engine, and lighting systems are all in good working order.
  • Chart your travel itinerary before you go, paying close attention to road and weather conditions. Have a back up plan in place, just in case.
  • Pack an emergency care kit, with a flashlight, a few tools, a cell phone charger, and extra gloves and a blanket, along with bottled water and snacks.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before your trip and avoid dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding or distracted driving while on the road.

Let Us Help You Today 

At the Law Office of Steven G. Lavely, we hope you and your family had a healthy, happy holiday season. When you need legal guidance, we are a strong ally to have on your side. If accidents or injuries do occur, contact our Bradenton car accident attorney and request a consultation to see how we can help.