During the busy holiday season, there is a significant increase in traffic on roads and highways across the U.S. Many go on vacation, visit family, or just enjoy a little time off with friends. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are generally more car crash fatalities during the holidays than non-holidays.
Holiday Car Accident Statistics
According to data from National Safety Council (NSC), car travel has the highest rate of fatal injury among all modes of major transportation. This is a serious issue year-round, but even more so during the holidays when roads across the country are met with an influx of travelers.
The NSC has estimated about 340 people may die in traffic accidents on U.S. roads amid the 2021 Christmas Holiday period. Holidays traditionally are a time of travel for families across the United States. Many choose car travel, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile.
Common Causes of Car Accidents During the Holidays
Holiday stress: Getting stuck in a traffic jam during the holiday season can be incredibly stressful, especially when you are in a rush to arrive at your destination.
Neglecting Regular Car Maintenance: The holidays are financially overwhelming for many and, as a result, some car owners may skip regular maintenance. Sadly, neglecting regular car maintenance and ignoring potential problems can lead to car accidents, especially during the winter season.
Fatigued driving: The demands of the holiday season, including errands and shopping can lead to less sleep, resulting in fatigue. One may be too fatigued to safely operate a motor vehicle. Before driving, be well-rested.
Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents.
Drunk driving: During the holiday months, it is more common for people to attend various types of parties where alcohol is served. Alcohol and drug consumption cause many car crashes each year, but these accidents are more prevalent between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. According to the NHTSA, drunk driving is more prevalent during the holidays.
Poor weather conditions: Many areas across the United States have brutal winter weather conditions. These conditions fall during the holiday season. Snow, ice, sleet, and wind lead to dangerous driving conditions.
Injured In A Car Accident Over The Holidays?
During the holiday season, there is often a substantial increase in cars on the road and this is a hectic time of the year. People are often in a rush to complete their Christmas shopping or visit their friends and family for celebrations. The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but if you were injured in an accident by a negligent driver, it can feel like the worst time.
Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Rhoda Island
The Law Office Of Fred T. Polacek wants you to stay safe during the holidays. Our experienced Rhode Island auto accident attorneys are ready to help during the holidays or any other time throughout the year. We are committed to providing you with superior legal services when you need them. Call us: (401) 861-5662 for more information today.