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Holiday Travel Increases Car Accident Risks

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Los Angeles, CA car accident lawyerMany people will bypass air travel and opt for driving home for the holidays. Unfortunately, it is estimated that nearly 350 people will die on U.S. roads this Christmas holiday weekend alone. Choosing a car may seem more practical given all of the security checks at airports, but traveling by car increases your chances of getting in a car accident compared to other modes of transportation.

What Causes Holiday Accidents?

The work involved with coordinating holiday events, shopping, and travel can amount to high stress. Driving into unfamiliar areas when there is snow or rain increases the risks. Some of the reasons car accidents occur during the holidays include the following:

  • Vehicle maintenance – You may need new brakes but would rather use that money to buy gifts. Before you hit the road this holiday, make sure you make the necessary car repairs so that your car is properly maintained.

  • Traffic violations – Being stuck in a holiday traffic jam can lead drivers to neglect the rules of the road. Violating traffic laws can be considered negligent behavior, which comes in various forms such as speeding, following too close, disobeying traffic signals or signs, and ignoring right-of-way rules. These behaviors could make a driver liable for car accidents that occur as a result of these violations.

  • Distracted driving – Many people may get distracted by their GPS navigation system as they figure out their route while driving, but anything that takes a person's eyes off of the road can lead to collisions. Remember, it is illegal to talk or text on your cell phone while driving unless you are using a hands-free device. Other distractions, although not considered breaking the law, include eating, putting on make-up, and being distracted by a conversation with your passengers.

  • Driving under the influence – Leaving a holiday celebration after drinking can impair a person's ability to drive safely. Using marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes can also affect a person’s ability to drive safely. On top of DUI charges, a person may be held liable for injuries inflicted on others in a crash.

Negligent Drivers on the Road

Heavy traffic is typical in Los Angeles County. December, however, tends to get even busier the day before Christmas Eve through the day after Christmas. Tens of thousands of vehicles will hit Los Angeles County roads this month as they make a dash to the mall or travel to be with loved ones. But if a car accident occurs because one or more drivers were negligent, you could be entitled to financial compensation.

While car accidents are often caused by negligent drivers, there are circumstances in which there may be multiple parties who are at fault. If you suffer injuries, you could pursue compensation from all of the parties responsible for the accident. If someone is only partially responsible for the crash you can seek compensation from the other party or parties.

Contact a California Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a car accident and have sustained injuries, you may be able to receive financial compensation. At Tahmazian Law Firm, P.C., we have 30 years of combined legal experience. Call 818-242-8201 for a free consultation. An experienced Los Angeles County car accident attorney will be able to review your case and your options.



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