Most people travel by car to visit their families to celebrate Christmas. Maybe we don’t travel that much during the year. But, we definitely need to travel to spend time with our families during this wonderful season.
The National Safety council issues estimates for accidents during specific times of the year. They estimate that 115 people might die during the Christmas season in 2019 (this year). Automobile travel has the highest fatality rate compared to other major forms of transportation.
A big factor that contributes to the car crashes is, of course, alcohol consumption. Even though we enjoy visiting our loved ones, we need to be careful because our holiday plans can be ruined by a car accident. Some years will have more car accidents than others.
Whatever the numbers turn out to be – there are always too many injuries and fatalities on our Texas roads at Christmas time.
If you’ve had your holiday ruined from an auto accident injury, you should hire the experienced Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit at (432) 301-9252. We understand you expected something far different from this season. We won’t be able to bring back Christmas, but we can help you to seek financial compensation for your property damage and personal injuries.
Of course, we believe that it’s better to avoid collisions altogether. But, you have no control over how other individuals operate their vehicles. Here are a few good choices to help you avoid a crash:
- Avoid peak driving times:You should be aware of when the roads are busiest in your area and how crowded the roads might be. In general though, Christmas Eve and the day after the holiday have particularly heavy traffic periods. It’s a good idea to schedule a longer vacation to leave earlier and later than most other families. Some people think that driving on Christmas Day is best. I’ve not found that to be true. I guess it depends on where you’re going.
- You should try to take a nap before you drive. Stay overnight with the family if no nap is possible:
Christmas day is a long day for everyone. Most people get up early to open the presents. Family members have expectations when we visit them. Rushing about is the norm. By the time you’re ready to drive home, you’re probably exhausted.
You need to be careful not to drive while overly tired. Drowsy driving is a major contributor to car accidents. If you are worn out or exhausted, take a nap before you drive. Better yet, if you have a long day planned, make arrangements to stay the night with your hosts or splurge on a hotel nearby.
- Designate a sober driver:
It’s easy to overindulge when you’re with loved ones and having a good time. I happen to enjoy homemade eggnog myself. Wine during dinner is always special, too. If you drink too much throughout the day, that can mean you are not in the right state to drive home after dinner. If you know that you’ll need to get back in the car at the end of the day, make sure to have a designated driver – or limit yourself to ONLY ONE alcoholic beverage at mealtime.
Drive cautiously – based on the weather:
Snow is so pretty this time of year! However, snow, wind, and ice make it dangerous to visit friends and family over your holiday vacation. If you have to go somewhere for Christmas and winter weather is acting up, be extremely cautious while driving. Leave for your destination early. Drive slowly and leave plenty of room between you and the vehicles ahead. Brake much sooner than you normally would. Your braking speed can take up to four hundred per cent – longer, when the road is slippery.
- Avoid distractions:
If you are lucky, everyone will be tired and sleep on the way home – except for you. This can help you avoid distractions while you drive. However, if other individuals are awake, be sure to keep conversation to a minimum. Yelling and crying kids are definitely a distraction. Remember to tuck that cell phone away. Texts, emails, and apps are all distractions that lead to serious accidents.
Contact the Law Office of Gerald K. Fugit for Help.
If a crash puts a damper on your holiday cheer, do not wait to get help with the situation. Here’s how we do things: after speaking with you during an initial consultation, we can investigate your situation to gather evidence against the at-fault driver.
With documentation that supports your case, we can file the necessary insurance claims and negotiate a settlement on your behalf or take your case to court. Our main priority is to help you recover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Call Gerald Fugit Law Firm at: (432) 332-1661 to schedule your consultation.