The holidays are a busy time of year for everyone throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. With all of the added hustle and bustle it should come as no surprise that there’s an increased risk of car accidents caused by distracted driving and other dangerous holiday driving habits. Do your part to be a safe and aware holiday driver.
Avoid these four most dangerous holiday driving hazards:
1. Distracted Driving – This is the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents during the holiday season. A distracted driver will multitask while behind the wheel, trying to save time by texting to make plans, searching for sales and store hours, or trying to finish up tasks for work or home while on the go.
2. Impaired Driving – Holiday dinners, parties and celebrations typically involve consumption of alcohol. An increase in the number of car accidents caused by impaired drivers during the winter holidays has been well-documented by law enforcement, and the loss of life resulting from impaired driving is also well-established.
3. Aggressive Driving – The winter holidays can bring increased pressures, the stress created by trying to do too much in a short time span. Drivers often react to these pressures by driving too fast for conditions, making aggressive lane changes, failing to yield right-of-way, and generally disregarding the needs and safety of others using the road.
4. Drowsy Driving – Increased demands and activities during the winter holidays often mean significantly reduced sleep schedules. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who slept 6-7 hours a night were twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times.
Make Driving Priority Number One And Drive Defensively
The key to avoiding distracted driving is to make driving your first priority. Those other tasks can wait. Try to plan accordingly, leaving enough time to manage your affairs while you’re NOT behind the wheel! Drive safely out there to help assure that you and the people you share the road with have a safe and happy holiday season.
Injured? Contact An Experienced New Bedford Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one are ever injured by the negligence of a distracted driver, do not hesitate to contact us and speak with one of our experienced attorneys, available 24/7.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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