The end-of-year holidays are typically full of warmth and happy faces. However, the mood can quickly turn sour after a car accident.
There are many common reasons for a car accident during the holidays. While some of these may be weather-related, others may be caused by other drivers. Here’s what you should know:
1. Early nights and low visibility
It can be surprising when you look out your window around evening and find it pitch black out, and it comes as a surprise to many drivers as well. Driving at night can be challenging for many people and one wrong mistake could cause a car accident.
2. Slick leaves and icy roads
There’s a lot of rain and snow and that can be a deadly combination for drivers. Roads can easily turn slick with layers of wet leaves, and when the temperature drops, these wet streets can ice over.
3. New drivers
Many new drivers learn to drive and receive their licenses during the summer for good reason: because the weather is stable. In other words, when the weather changes, many new drivers are thrown off guard and that can easily lead to catastrophic mistakes.
4. Drunk drivers
Drinking is just one of the many traditions during the holidays. Legally speaking, people shouldn’t drive if they have a BAC of 0.08% or more, but even a sip of alcohol can make it hard for someone to drive. Drunk drivers aren’t only a danger to themselves on the road but to other drivers, like yourself.
Driving shouldn’t be difficult, but many unknowns can suddenly arise, leading to injuries and losses. You may need to know your legal options in a car accident.