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Holiday Cheer or Holiday Fear?: The Surge in Car Crashes During the Holiday Season

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As we deck the halls, the holiday spirit brings a surge in car accidents. Gianaris Trial Lawyers advocates safe celebrations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there is a significant spike in drunk driving accidents during the holiday season. In fact, during Christmas and New Year’s, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods the rest of the year.

Several factors contribute to the alarming rise in car crashes. The holiday season, characterized by an uptick in parties and gatherings where alcohol is typically served, is a significant contributor to this increase. This results in more impaired drivers on the road. Additionally, the holiday season often means increased travel, leading to busier highways and more road traffic.

The pressure to reach destinations on time combined with winter weather conditions can lead to reckless driving behaviors like speeding, tailgating, and aggressive driving. These factors, coupled with an influx of out-of-town drivers unfamiliar with local roads, can create a dangerous driving environment.

Preventing these accidents should be a community effort. Here are a few ways you can contribute:

  • Plan Ahead: If you’re planning to drink, designate a sober driver, use a taxi, or consider staying overnight.
  • Slow Down: With increased traffic and potentially hazardous weather conditions, it’s more important than ever to obey speed limits and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Stay Vigilant: Keep an eye out for drivers who may be under the influence. If you suspect someone is driving impaired, keep a safe distance and notify local law enforcement.

At Gianaris Trial Lawyers, we specialize in personal injury law, including car accident cases. If you’ve been injured in a holiday season car accident, we’re here for you. Our experienced legal team will fight for your rights, securing the compensation you deserve. Remember, the holiday season should be a time of joy and celebration, not tragedy. Let’s all do our part to keep the roads safe.

Stay safe, stay responsible, and enjoy the holiday season!

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