Slow Down This Holiday Season and Save Valuable Time and Money!
The Holiday season is prime time for auto, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents for many reasons and the days immediately leading up to Christmas are no exception. This year, Hanukkah and Christmas overlap, so many people will be on the roads running errands, and driving to or from social gatherings with family and friends during the nights between Christmas and New Year’s.
It’s important to realize that even if you are not feeling anxious or rushed, statistics point to the fact that many others sharing the road are driving in a distracted fashion, not paying full attention and moving way too quickly to respond safely.
The National Safety Council has the following information available on their website:
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2013, 343 people died on New Year’s Day, 360 on Thanksgiving Day and 88 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2015. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.
- Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter medication or illegal drugs all cause impairment
- Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
- Put that cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
- Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
- Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
For more Holiday safety tips, visit the National Safety Council website at: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/
Driving defensively is a skill that involves clear thinking and minimal distraction. Remember that winter roads can be very dark, and that it can be difficult to see people walking on the side of the road. When driving on the highway, take the time to look twice before changing lanes and be aware of blind spots where motorcyclists can hide from clear sight.
Finally, slow down – driving too fast is one of the leading causes of accidents. The extra time gained by slowing down might save valuable time and money this holiday season!
If you or someone you know has been involved in a traffic accident that resulted in personal injuries or property damage contact a knowledgeable lawyer experienced in Rhode Island Personal Injury law.