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Stay Safe on the Roads this Holiday Season

Stay Safe on the Roads this Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost here and with it comes seasonal hazards for motorists and pedestrians alike. During the winter, daylight hours are reduced, creating longer periods of darkness each day. Individuals’ schedules are disrupted by shopping trips and holiday parties, in addition to these concerns, the cold weather can also create adverse driving conditions with snow, ice, and the high winds of winter storms. All of these factors make for dangerous roadways during the winter season.

There are more ways to keep yourself safe in your car this winter. However, you cannot completely eliminate your risk of being injured in a car accident. If you are involved in a collision or another type of automobile accident this winter, seek medical attention for your injury right away. Then contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss the possibility of seeking monetary compensation through a personal injury claim.

Weather Can Make Roads More Dangerous

During the winter, roadways are more dangerous than they are during warmer months for a few reasons. These reasons include:

  • Decreased visibility because of longer darkness hours;
  • Black ice that can be invisible on the roadway;
  • Snow drifting into the road, creating hazards for motorists and obscuring sight lines on the pavement and curbs; and
  • Snow buildup on top of cars that drivers fail to brush off, creating a hazard of falling objects for other drivers.

Although you can not control the weather, you can be a more vigilant driver in the winter to make up for the loss of visibility and increased hazards on the road. Drive more slowly when you know there are snow and ice present and do not, under any circumstance, use your cell phone while driving. If you must make a call or send a text message, pull off the road and park your car to do this safely.

You can make the roadways safer for other drivers as well by always brushing snow off the top of your vehicle and having your headlights on at least 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise every day.

More Drunk Driving Accidents Occur During the Holiday Season

Although you might think that New Year’s Eve or Independence Day are the holidays that see the most DUI arrests, the truth is that Thanksgiving weekend is the most dangerous time of the year for drunk driving accidents.

Be a part of the solution by choosing not to drink and drive this holiday season. If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver to get you and your fellow party goers to and from the party safely. If this is not an option for you, take public transportation or make arrangements to stay over at the host’s home after the party.

If You are Involved in a Car Accident

Despite taking safety precautions, there is still the chance that you can be injured in a car accident this holiday season. If this happens, take the following steps:

  • If it is safe to do so, pull off the road. Check on all other parties involved and if somebody is in need of immediate medical care, call 911;
  • Call the police and report the accident;
  • Take photographs of the accident scene. These can be important pieces of evidence later;
  • Take down the contact information for all other parties involved in the accident, any witnesses, and the police officer attending to the accident;
  • Seek medical attention for your injuries; then
  • Contact an experienced car accident attorney to discuss your legal options for filing a personal injury claim.

Chicago Automobile Accident Attorney

If you have been involved in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence this holiday season, you could be entitled to monetary compensation for your damages. You could be entitled to compensation even if you were partially at fault for the accident. To learn more about seeking compensation through a personal injury claim following a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 today to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm.

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