December is already here, which means it’s that much closer to the holiday season. This is also the most dangerous time of the year for people on the roads in the Houston area of Texas and elsewhere. The National Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) states that two of the four most deadly days of the year are December 23rd and 24th.
If you are injured in a car accident around or during the holiday season that was the fault of another driver, you might want to file a personal injury claim. There are four general reasons why such devastating accidents occur during the holidays more than any other time of year.
More People Driving Under the Influence
During the holidays, more people are consuming alcohol while they’re out and about. Even if a driver has one or two drinks and they think they are perfectly fine to get behind the wheel, their driving may be impaired. Others may consume a few drinks and are not merely buzzed but drunk. In both scenarios, a disaster can strike in the form of a car accident.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, nearly 40 percent of fatalities during the holiday season stem from accidents with at least one driver under the influence of alcohol.
More People on the Road
In general, there are more people on the roads during the holiday season, traveling to and from parties and get-togethers with family and friends. As a result, the roads are more cluttered, which increases the chances of accidents occurring.
In some cases, drivers may be from out of town and unfamiliar with the road. To avoid a disaster, if you are planning on driving during this time, you might want to give yourself extra time to reach your destination and take an alternate route, if possible.
More Stressed Drivers
Although the holidays are joyous times, they are also times when more people are highly stressed. As a result, their driving may not be the best, and more accidents can occur. People who are overly stressed out can be more irritable and might be in a rush to arrive at their destination. This can easily result in more road accidents that result in serious injuries.
If you get hurt after an accident with such a driver, you will want to speak with a personal injury attorney about starting a claim to recover compensation for your medical bills and other expenses.
Adverse weather conditions can also result in more accidents on the road during the holidays. If the holiday season brings about a snowstorm, it decreases visibility and makes the roads slick, which can easily lead to road accidents. Even when drivers slow down during a storm, an accident can still occur and lead to injuries.
If you have been injured after a car accident with another driver during the holidays, it's important to speak to a skilled personal injury attorney at Stern Law Group. If the accident was the other person's fault, you have grounds to initiate a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact our firm at (877) 661-9900 to discuss your case today.