The holiday season is one of the busiest times on the road. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day shows an increase in long-distance trips – travel of more than 50 miles from home. This year, a decrease in gas prices along with a strong economy are expected to increase the amount of people who are traveling for the holidays. This increased holiday traffic brings a heightened risk of vehicle accidents.
Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents
There are a number of common causes of vehicle accidents. These include:
● Distracted Driving
● Road Rage
● Drunk Driving
● Failure to Stop or Yield
Vehicle accidents are often caused by driver errors. Drivers must drive defensively, and should not drive while distracted, or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Car crashes can be severe, and may cause serious injuries or even deaths.
Accidents with Injuries
Although many accidents are minor, some are not. Accidents that occur in city traffic at low speeds are usually not serious. Highway accidents may happen while traveling at a high rate of speed. These types of crashes often result in severe injuries. Severe accident injuries may include broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, lacerations, and bruises. Those who are not wearing their seat belts could be thrown from the vehicle, and may be killed. Some injuries are life-threatening.
Prevention of Vehicle Accidents
Drivers can often prevent vehicle accidents. Before starting out on a trip, make sure that you plan the route. When possible, start driving in the morning when you are adequately rested. Do not allow yourself to become distracted while behind the wheel. On long trips, stop every couple of hours to stretch, and get refreshed. Do not drive for too many hours. Instead, plan on stopping at a motel on long trips. If the weather is bad, or if the road is dark or hard to navigate, reduce your speed.
Road rage incidents are becoming more frequent. Drivers may become angry when they are stuck in traffic or are behind schedule. Even a small issue can get blown out of proportion. If you feel yourself becoming agitated, pull off the road and take a break. If you notice another driver suffering road rage, stay away and report the driver to the police. Do not attempt to engage with an irate motorist.
Get Legal Help After an Accident
If you were involved in a serious accident with injuries, you may need to seek legal help to get the compensation you deserve. Immediately following the accident, make sure that you and your passengers get medical treatment for your injuries. File a police report, and get the names of any witnesses. If the accident was due to the negligence of another driver, you may be able to recover damages.
Contact the experienced legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to discuss your case and to gain a better understanding of how they can assist you.