From a Car Accident Lawyer: 6 Safety Tips for Driving During the Holiday Season
It seems that each year there are a record number of drivers on the road during the holiday season. And this year looks to be no different. It is expected that millions of Americans take to the highways and back roads of New York to be home for Christmas, Hanukah, and other holidays. A car accident lawyer in New York will tell you, this is a time of year for more drivers and more problems out on the road.
All of this travel leads to a corresponding increase in traffic tickets, motor vehicle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Many of these accidents and incidents will occur without any correlation to the distance traveled. A driver going across the country is just as likely to be involved in an accident as someone heading across town. So, no matter how far you plan to drive this holiday season, you should consider these six safety tips from a car accident lawyer at Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C.
#1: Stick to Defensive Driving
Wondering what is certain to ruin your holiday season? Dealing with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone else, but is now causing you problems. With the increased number of cars on the road, there is also a greater likelihood of drivers speeding, running red lights, and missing stop signs. You want to stay out of their way.
Defensive driving can help you avoid a collision because it requires you to remain aware of the other drivers on the road, anticipate the moves and actions of those drivers, and distance your vehicle from drivers that operate erratically or above the speed limit. It is defensive driving that can help you avoid calling a car accident lawyer in the middle of your Christmas.
#2: Leave Earlier Than You Think Is Necessary
Whether it’s the seasonal office party or your family gathering, you don’t want to be late for a holiday event. At this time of year, that means leaving earlier than you think is necessary. Not only does this reduce the stress of hitting traffic or needing to stop for gas, but you are likely to drive safer, slower, and more alert than if you are running late.
#3: Don’t Drive Tired
The holidays can lead to late nights and long events. While these celebrations are the highlight of the season, it can also lead to some sleepy driving, which isn’t safe for you, your passengers, or the other vehicles on the road.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each year drowsy driving causes nearly 72,000 car accidents and 44,000 car accident injuries. A number of these crashes occur during the holiday season. A car accident lawyer will talk with several clients each holiday season that were involved in a collision because of drowsy driving.
#4: Keep Up with Your Vehicle Maintenance
The weather around the holiday season can also lead to difficult or treacherous driving. Yet, even when the roads are slick or the snow is falling, you still need to venture out to see family members and friends. In these conditions, you want to ensure certain maintenance requirements are handled, such as checking your windshield washer fluid and tire pressure. Often, it is simply the colder weather that can start causing problems for your car.
#5: Prepare for an Emergency
Despite maintenance checks and tune-ups, you could encounter vehicle and car problems during the holiday season. Dead batteries, flat tires, and other mishaps are more common during the winter and colder months. These incidents can be minor mishaps during your holiday season, but other times lead to emergency situations.
Be aware that something might go wrong as you travel for the holidays, and don’t become overwhelmed if you do encounter car trouble or bad weather. By staying calm and handling the situation rationally, you are far less likely to need the services of a car accident lawyer in the New Year.
#6: Follow New York’s Traffic Laws
There are certain actions out on the road that are guaranteed to increase the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian accidents, including drunk driving, texting while behind the wheel, drowsy driving, and breaking the state’s traffic laws. Running red lights, following too close, speeding, and reckless driving are all common causes of car accidents. So, you can avoid the need for a car accident lawyer by simply following New York’s traffic laws.
If you are involved in an incident or accident during the holiday season, you need the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer. Find a New York lawyer prepared to take your case when you call Law Office of David S. Leigh, P.C. You can reach our legal team at 212-843-0907.
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