According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes between Christmas and New Years Day. In December alone, more than 780 people lost their lives due to drunk driving accidents.
Besides drunk driving accidents, winter-related crashes also increase during the holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more motor vehicle fatalities during the holidays than during any other time of the year. This is due to increased traveling, alcohol use and excessive speed.
Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents During the Holidays
So, what can you do to avoid a car accident this holiday season? The normal road safety tips become increasingly important during this time of year. For example, you should remain extra cautious when driving at night and during inclement weather. In addition, follow these tips to stay safe and keep your Christmas plans intact.
- Plan your trip ahead of time
- Do not engage in distracted driving
- Avoid drinking and driving
- If you do, then plan for a sober driver or call an Uber
- Do not speed
- Avoid tailgating
- If possible, refrain from driving in poor weather conditions
- Do not drive when fatigued
- Avoid road rage or aggression behind the wheel
Prepare Yourself for a Winter Car Accident
During the cold winter months, being stranded after a car accident could impose certain dangers. In order to survive the elements, consider keeping the following in your car at all times:
- Kitty litter or de-icer. If you find yourself stuck on slick snow or ice, then kitty litter or de-icer can help you get your car unstuck quickly.
- Warm blankets or extra coats. If your car breaks down during a snowstorm, then it can quickly become freezing inside the car. Keep extra blankets or coats in your car to help you survive until help can arrive.
- Portable hand warmers. These will help keep your fingers from freezing while you wait for help or change a flat tire in the snow. Put them inside your gloves to keep your fingers warm during the extreme cold.
- Roadside flares. If you break down or get into an accident, then road flares can alert passing cars that you need help. This can also help prevent further accidents from occurring by giving other motorists the time they need to slow down before approaching your vehicle.
- Ice scraper. Ice can accumulate on windshields and back windows, making it difficult to see when driving. An ice scraper can keep your windows clean, helping you maintain visibility on the road.
Contact Our Dallas Car Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you suffer an injury after a car accident during the holiday season, then we can help. Our Dallas car accident attorneys know that this time of year can be dangerous for drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde today at (214) 883-1700 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information. We offer free consultations so you can begin exploring all of your legal options.