The holidays are a wonderful time to be with your friends and family and to appreciate the loved ones around you. At the same time, this time of year can be stressful with gifts, weather, and potential traveling. Driving in the winter months has risks, and it’s important to know the most common types of accidents that occur during this season, so you can avoid them.
If you get involved in a car accident through no fault of your own this holiday season, you deserve high-quality representation that will fight for your rights and compensation for your losses. At Mott & Moffett, we have years of experience working on winter-weather car accidents, and we are well-versed in Texas laws regarding these cases. Our transparent communication keeps you informed, and we may answer all your legal questions to make the process as stress-free as possible.
What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents During the Holiday Season?
According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 371 fatalities occurred in car accidents during the 2021 holiday season in the United States. You can remain safe while driving this winter by understanding the most common types of car accidents that happen this time of year, which include the following:
Drunk Driving Accidents
The holidays give people a lot to celebrate, and many choose to celebrate with alcohol. With eggnog and mulled wine flowing, more people may be driving under the influence. Doing this can cause serious harm to the driver and those around them. To avoid getting hit by a drunk driver, stay aware of your surroundings and pay attention to drivers drifting in and out of lanes.
Cell Phone Distractions
People often communicate more frequently with their loved ones during the holidays and use their phone’s GPS to find their way to holiday events. These distractions can cause an accident and seriously injure those involved. You can avoid causing this type of accident by turning off your notifications while driving or putting it in your glove box.
Holiday Light Distractions
While looking at everyone’s holiday lights can be a great way to celebrate the season, it can distract drivers and ultimately result in an accident. Drivers may look away from the road at the lights and not see another driver or pedestrian or rear-end another vehicle. This could result in significant damage and injuries, so it is best to reduce your speed in significantly lit-up areas and avoid distraction.
Road Rage Accidents
The holidays can cause higher stress and frustration for some drivers, as many companies have their busier season at the end of the year. People may drive more aggressively or engage in dangerous behavior. You may avoid road rage by turning on some relaxing music or pulling over to calm yourself down. If a driver around you seems enraged, you should not engage or respond to them to avoid angering them further.
Texas weather can be relatively unpredictable in the winter, so the roads may be icy or slippery, creating dangerous driving conditions. During the holidays, more people find themselves in rear-end or spin-out collisions and lane drifting accidents due to the weather, so you should drive slower during inclement weather and increase your following distance.
Consult a Reliable Texas Car Accident Lawyer at Mott & Moffett Today
Sometimes, no matter how many safety precautions you take, you may still sustain injuries in a car accident during the holidays. If this is the case for you, you have the right to pursue legal action and compensation for your losses. Contacting our talented team at Mott & Moffett can better your chances of achieving a successful outcome and allow you to focus on recovery and spending the rest of the holidays with your loved ones.
We handle every aspect of your case and provide unmatched legal services, as we have for years. Our attorneys may gather evidence, interview witnesses, and conduct a thorough investigation to build a strong case. We may be able to negotiate with insurance companies and keep track of offers and counteroffers, so you can avoid getting lowballed. To schedule a complimentary consultation with our understanding team, call 888-596-6582 or fill out our contact form.