It’s that festive time of year and it’s full of anticipation. Families are making plans and looking forward to catching up and spending quality time together. The most popular and common form of transport is driving.
Driving can be hazardous at the best of times, but this is especially the case during the festive season. What makes driving at this time of year more dangerous?
Impaired road users
It’s a time of office parties and extended vacations. While not everyone engages in the consumption of alcohol, it is customary to see a lot of drinking during the holidays. Sensible people organize to be picked up after drinking or they call a cab. The problem is, not everyone is sensible. Some are willing to take the chance of driving after a few drinks, which places you in danger. Impaired road users just don’t have the same judgment or reaction times, which makes a crash much more likely.
Traveling in unfamiliar territory
As mentioned, the holidays are a time for families to come together, and sometimes this means traveling long distances. The highways may be quite generic, but every town and city has its own unique transportation network, with the streets, buildings and road surfaces not necessarily matching. An unfamiliar driver is a less confident driver, and this may even extend to being nervous and making rash decisions or hesitating at the wrong moment. Sadly, all of these factors mean that you face an increased risk of being involved in an accident.
If you have been hurt by the negligent actions of another driver, then there are ways that you can hold them accountable. Seeking some legal guidance will highlight the routes that may be open to you.