The National Safety Council released a report predicting that this holiday weekend will be the worst for traffic fatalities since 2009. Christmas weekend is among the deadliest times of the year for motorists, thanks to increased travelers and binge drinking.
The organization is estimating that 307 people will be killed and another 37,200 will be seriously injured in auto accidents from Christmas Eve through Sunday, Dec. 27. Another 346 are predicted to die on New Year’s Eve, with 41,900 serious injuries.
Major holidays tend to see a spike in traffic deaths, and the period between Christmas and New Year’s is the deadliest. The two biggest contributors are the increased number of people traveling long distances and an increase in binge drinking.
The AAA estimates that over 100 million people will be traveling 50 miles or more this holiday weekend, setting a new record. The increase is being driven by lower gas prices and an improving economy.
With so many travelers on the road, drivers should be extra cautious. People who travel long distances are often fatigued and find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. The hectic nature of last-minute Christmas shopping might also be a contributing factor to the higher number of crashes.
The sad fact is, most of these accidents are completely preventable. Whether it’s not wearing a safety belt, using a cell phone, fatigued driving or driving drunk, the majority of traffic deaths are caused by poor decisions people make.
If you are expecting to drink this weekend, plan ahead by designating a non-drinking driver or arrange for alternate transportation. Keep your cell phone away unless you’re pulled over and parked. If you’re driving a long distance, get plenty of sleep and take frequent breaks.
The South Bend car accident lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. If you have suffered due to another driver’s negligence, we can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Call today for a free consultation.
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