more people are on the roads during the holidays, it’s more likely an accident will happen. With an increased number of drivers, the chances increase someone will make a mistake and an accident will occur, in part because more vehicles will fill our highways and streets. A driver’s mistake on an empty highway may not result in any injuries; however, if it happens in heavy traffic, it could cause many.
If you are injured in a car accident around the holiday season, contact Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers. We will make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (702) 878-2889 or use our online form.
Take Action to Protect Yourself and Your Passengers
Here are some suggestions to decrease the chances you’ll be injured in a vehicle accident this holiday season:
Don’t drink or use drugs and drive. It will greatly increase the risk of an accident, especially if alcohol and drug use are mixed. It’s the time of year for holiday and office parties. If you’re drinking, don’t drive. If you’re driving, don’t drink. Not only could driving while intoxicated cause an accident, an arrest may result in time spent in jail, especially if a child is in the vehicle or the accident causes injuries or deaths.
Drive at times when it’s safer. During nighttime, especially late at night, the number of intoxicated drivers increases. This is especially true of the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, known as Drunksgiving, because of the high number of people eating and drinking out the night before the holiday.
Get enough sleep before you drive. Long drives are common during the holiday season. Fatigue can cause you to lose focus and slow your response time to someone braking in front of you or cutting you off. Sleeping behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. If you’re too tired to drive, if someone else can’t get behind the wheel, pull over and get some sleep.
Don’t speed. You may have a long distance to drive or you may be late for an event. These aren’t good excuses to speed. When you speed, you have less time to react to drivers around you and longer stopping distances if you need to hit the brakes. You may think you’re a great driver who can safely speed, but with holiday traffic filled with drivers who are fatigued, intoxicated and distracted, your skills should be the least of your concerns. You are also more likely to drive through a stop sign, yield sign or red light. If you quickly need to change lanes or take a turn, your speeding vehicle is more likely to flip over.
Use your seatbelt and car seats. Seatbelts and car seats may not prevent an accident, but they offer protection against severe, even fatal, injuries in case one happens. Seatbelt use cuts the risk of serious injuries and deaths by about half, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency also estimates that car seat use reduces the risk of accident injury by 71-82% for children and booster seat use cuts the chance of serious injury by 45% for children aged 4-8, when compared with seat belt use alone.
Relax while driving. With more cars on the road, tempers can shorten as traffic backs up and drivers take it upon themselves to ignore courtesy and the rules of the road. Road rage will not change how the other person drives and will only increase the chances of an accident or the chances of a driver intentionally striking another vehicle. Drive defensively and accept the fact you are dealing with heavy traffic filled with inconsiderate and possibly dangerous drivers and do the best you can.
How Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you have sustained serious injuries as a result of a negligent or reckless driver over the holidays, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering. Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers is committed to helping you minimize the trauma caused by the careless conduct of others. When you hire our team of Las Vegas car accident attorneys, you can be confident you have made the right choice. If you have any questions about Nevada accident law or you need legal help because of an accident, call us at (702) 878-2889 or use our online form.