When you think of the holidays, what do you envision? If you have ever lived far away from family and friends, it probably conjures images of road trips to neighboring counties or even straight across the country. Yes, each year around the holidays, the number of drivers on the road increases significantly but, unfortunately, so does the number of car accidents.
AAA estimates that about 15% of Americans travel 50 miles or more from their home to celebrate the holidays each year. With gas prices hovering around a comparatively low price point, that number could conceivably rise this year. More drivers on the road directly translates to more accidents, even under the best of conditions. But, during the holidays, the best of conditions are not what drivers face.
Two problems make driving more dangerous during the holidays:
- Drunk driving: Most people enjoy some spiced wine, eggnog, or other spirits during the holidays to lift their own spirits. It becomes a problem, however, when people overindulge and still decide to drive themselves home.
- Inclement weather: Most of the country gets swamped by snow and ice during the holidays; currently, the entire eastern seaboard is being slammed by a harsh winter, and it is not known when it will clear up. Drivers must be extra careful when traveling for the holidays if the roads are slick and slippery. Combined with too many drinks at a party and inclement weather can almost guarantee an auto accident will follow.
Holiday Fire Dangers
We could not talk about holiday accidents without also mentioning fires and burn injuries unique to the holiday season. For many Americans with busy schedules or other interests, cooking is not a common pastime. But when friends are gathered around to celebrate the holidays, most everyone wants to try their hand at some seasonal specialties and dinners. This ultimately leads to people scalding themselves on ovens or, worse yet, setting part of their kitchen aflame.
Candles and fireplaces are also lit in many holiday homes to add to the festive environment. If not watched closely, a stray ember or a wild lick of flame can start a fire. If you are planning on using candles or your fireplace this winter, please always keep an eye on them and extinguish all open flames before leaving your home or going to sleep.
Injured During the Holidays?
With the most careful planning, things can still go awry, and even the best drivers can be blindsided by the worst. If you or someone you love gets hurt this holiday season and you think someone else is to blame, let Jaffe & Erdberg, P.C. know what happened. Our Birmingham personal injury lawyers and car accident attorneys can hear your case and let you know if you have a valid claim. Contact us today for more information about our legal services.