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Traveling to visit your loved ones for the holidays seems to be the norm. During the holiday season, more traffic passes on the roadways than any other time of year. Unfortunately, a carefully planned visit can be ruined by a car accident. With a higher number of vehicles on the road, there are increased chances of accidents due to drunk driving, sleepiness, and of course, winter weather.
Compared to 2017, Tennessee’s death toll from vehicle crashes rose in August, November, and December in 2018. According to WKRN.com, the increase came in the last half of the year and is an increase of 3% over the prior year, 2017. From year to year, these numbers change, but it is always the goal to reduce the number of accidents whenever possible.
If you are one of the unfortunate people who experience an auto accident during the holidays, contact The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., at (276) 451-2056 for a consultation. While the fact that the accident happened can’t be changed, we can help you seek compensation for personal injuries and property damage.
Avoiding a Car Accident During the Holidays
The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., will be here to help you in the event of an auto accident this holiday season. However, we believe it’s better to take extra steps to try and avoid collisions and accidents altogether.
Below is a list of six tips to help you drive safer this holiday season and help you make it to your destination unharmed:
- Avoid Peak Travel Times: The traffic pattern can change from one day to the next during the holidays. The typical days when travel is higher is 1-2 days before and right after a holiday. Therefore, to help reduce the amount of traffic that you will have to navigate, consider leaving earlier or coming home later than the 1-2 days following the holiday.
- Avoid Driving While Sleepy: When visiting family and friends, losing track of how much energy is used throughout the gathering can cause tiredness or sleepiness when it comes time to drive home. Driving while drowsy is a major contributor to car accidents. Take an extra step and plan accordingly. Either spring for a hotel room for the night if you have a long drive ahead of you or lie down for a nap before getting behind the wheel.
- Avoid Overindulging in Alcohol: The family is laughing, and the beverages are flowing. It can be difficult to stop drinking when you’re having fun. However, if you know that you will be traveling home later that evening, either have a designated driver available or avoid drinking entirely.
- Be Weary of Winter Weather Driving Conditions: It can be difficult to avoid wintery weather such as snow, ice, and wind during the holidays. It may be beautiful to look at, but it can be incredibly dangerous if you have to get behind the wheel. Check the weather and see if there is a way you can avoid traveling when the weather is a wintery mix. Either leave before or after it passes. If you are not able to avoid wintery weather no matter what time you leave, drive slowly, brake earlier than usual, and make sure to leave more room between you and the cars around you.
- Avoid Hitting Wildlife: It’s always a spectacular sight to see wildlife on the side of the road while traveling. Deer typically emerge at dawn and dusk. When deer dart out in the road in front of you, it can surprise you and cause you to swerve and collide with the deer or another vehicle. To help you avoid the collision, do not speed, and remain on high alert while driving along roads with treelines near the edge.
- Avoid Distractions: With so many activities during the holiday season, the family will be tired. Hopefully, most of them will sleep on the ride home, so you have fewer distractions. Passengers are proven to be a distraction for drivers, so try to keep the conversation to a minimum. Also, put your phone away while driving, unless you are using it hands-free for navigation purposes. Remember, hands-free is the law in Tennessee!
Contact The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C.
Even though you do everything you can to prepare for your holiday trip, you may still encounter an accident. In this case, you will need to contact an experienced attorney immediately to help you begin the process of recovery. After your initial consultation, we will begin to gather evidence, review the police reports, and file the necessary insurance claims. We can also negotiate a settlement for your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, or take your case to court if needed.
Call The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., at (276) 451-2056 this holiday season if you’re involved in an accident and schedule a FREE initial consultation. We provide legal services to the areas of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.