History tells us that holidays are often more dangerous for drivers for a number of different reasons. Negligence is often more prevalent during these times of the year, and all those on the road are put in harm’s way. If you’re driving on the road for the upcoming holiday season or any holiday, it helps to recognize what dangers exist, when are the worst times to drive, and your rights if you suffer an accident.
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Dangers Around All Holidays
We know that holidays are often most dangerous because of the increase in drunk driving, late night driving, and other issues. Some of the signs you should look for include swerving, speeding up and slowing down, erratic braking, and driving without headlights at night.
Here are some of the most prominent dangers on the road around the holidays:
- Bad weather conditions: Terrible weather most often exists around the holidays in the winter months as rain starts to fall, but many holidays can experience bad weather. Even fog can reduce visibility, and many people fail to drive safe for the conditions.
- More vehicles on the road: Holiday seasons bring out more drivers, creating more congestion. More traffic, especially with less experienced drivers, can lead to many accidents, some of which can cause significant injuries.
- Drunk drivers: Holidays often give people a big reason to celebrate. For some, celebrating means drinking. Some may exceed the legal limit, which inhibits their motor function and decision-making, often leading to severe crashes.
- Rideshares and distractions: Rideshare drivers often rely on holidays to make extra money as they know more people will be out celebrating. However, rideshare drivers are often distracted by their smartphones, GPS, or while scanning for passengers.
The Most Dangerous Holidays
The most dangerous holidays vary, but most associate dangers on the road with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. The numbers don’t lie, and the number of accidents and severe or fatal injuries increases around these three holidays as compared to the rest of their respective months.
Many of the above reasons play a role in the dangers around these holidays, but they are not the only dangerous holidays.
Starting Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day weekend is what we refer to as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. These 100 days often see some of the most catastrophic injuries, as well as an increase in the number of accidents. With more teen drivers on the road and distractions, it’s clear to see why so many accidents occur during this time period, which also includes the 4th of July holiday.
Your Rights in Texas
Texas follows traditional tort laws following a car accident, and you’re allowed to hold someone else accountable for injuries you sustain as a result of negligence. You can take various steps to gather evidence after the crash that can help build your claim. Some of the steps you should take after an accident include:
- Gathering other parties’ information
- Taking photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and injuries
- Reporting the accident to local authorities and insurance providers
- Speaking with witnesses to gather statements and contact information
- Seeking medical attention
- Hiring legal representation
At The Edwards Law Firm, we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of legal advocacy. Our firm is here for you when you need us most because we care about your results. Our Corpus Christi car accident lawyers are ready to be your voice and advocates moving forward. Trust us to guide you every step of the way with your best interests top of mind.
We offer free consultations to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (361) 541-6333 today to schedule yours.