Posted in Car Accident on November 21, 2017
The 2017 holiday season is here. It’s both a hectic and joyous time for families, but it can also be dangerous—especially as people hit the road to travel long distances to see friends and loved ones.
Experts predict that the 2017 holiday season will be the busiest since 2005, as more than 50 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more on Thanksgiving alone—and 45 million of those travelers will take to the country’s highways and interstates. In comparison, more than 100 million Americans travel annual for Christmas between December 23 and January 3, and more than 90 percent of those travelers get to their destinations via vehicle.
Traffic is heaviest on the day before and Sunday after Thanksgiving, while the two days before Christmas and Dec. 27 are considered the worst days to travel in December. Traffic app Waze says that it sends 87 percent more traffic alerts, flags 14 percent more accidents, identifies 23 percent more road hazards, and displays 33 percent more police notifications on Dec. 27 than any other day of the year.
It’s clear that the risks of accidents increase during the holiday season. That’s why it’s vital for drivers to be careful and safety-minded whether they’re driving to complete their holiday shopping lists, driving to and from work, or driving to visit family and friends.
6 Steps to Reduce Your Risks of a Holiday Traffic Accident
Whether you’re driving across the city or across the country, it’s important to be prepared for worst case scenarios, including car trouble, major delays, road closures, and accidents. At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville auto accident lawyers know that holiday travel increases people’s risk of being involved in crashes. We also know that following these six steps can help reduce risks:
If you’re traveling by plane, be careful driving to and from the airport. Traffic can be heavy, and accidents can occur where you least expect them—including airport parking lots. Be cautious when walking into airport terminals, as heavy traffic can make it more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians.
Matt Hardin Law Is Here to Help after Holiday Accidents
If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident over the holidays or at any other time during the year, it’s important to get an experienced law firm on your side right away. Evidence can quickly disappear, and insurance companies can begin building their cases to reduce or deny you the payments you deserve.
Matt Hardin Law’s team of Nashville car accident lawyers has 30 years of experience assisting victims who were hurt in crashes that were caused by other drivers’ negligence, and we know what it takes to build successful claims that get results.
We know that you’re facing expensive medical bills that you may not be able to afford, especially if your accident put you or a loved one out of work for weeks, months, or even years. We’ll work hard to make sure the insurance company knows how the accident has and will affect your family, including lost income and future medical expenses. It’s our goal to help our clients get the money they deserve and not the “lowball” settlements that insurance companies are eager to offer innocent victims like you.
Get in touch with us today to find out how we can assist your family. Just dial (615) 200-1111 or complete a free online form. We’re here to help.