Are you traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday? If so, you are likely to encounter heavy traffic before and after Thanksgiving Day. Even if you plan to remain in Sacramento for the long holiday weekend, you are likely to experience traffic jams and heavy traffic people travel and shop during the holiday weekend.
A holiday car accident can quickly ruin your Thanksgiving plans. Even though you may already be familiar with some of these safety tips, it can never hurt to remind yourself of safe driving behaviors that can help you avoid a holiday car accident.
Safe Driving Behaviors to Practice During the Holidays
- Avoid Distractions
Distractions are dangerous at any time of year, but the holidays can increase distracted driving. Motorists can easily be distracted by the stress and strain of the holidays. Instead of paying attention to traffic, drivers focus on what they need to complete before they can go home. Drivers may try to multitask more while driving to save time. Avoid distractions while driving. If you need to read a text, write something down, or do anything other than driving, pull over to a safe location.
- Do Not Drink and Drive
The holidays are a time for parties with friends, family members, and co-workers. Many of these parties include alcohol. Be careful not to indulge too much and then drive. Also, be aware that there could be more drunk drivers on the roads during the holiday season. If you notice a drunk driver, put as much distance between your vehicle and the other vehicle to avoid being involved in a DUI accident.
- Slow Down
There will be additional traffic on the roads during the holidays. Speeding increases the risk of a holiday car accident. Slowing down gives you the additional time you need to react to changes in traffic and sudden traffic jams. Try to leave earlier than necessary to allow yourself ample time to reach your destination during the holiday season.
- Get Plenty of Rest
Drowsy driving and fatigued driving increase the risk of a holiday car accident. The holidays can be stressful and hectic. Try to get a good night’s sleep each night, but especially before leaving on a trip.
- Avoid Aggressive Driving
Road rage can be a problem around the holidays. Do not respond to aggressive drivers with aggressive behaviors. If a driver is in a hurry, let the driver pass and continue on his way. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic, which can increase the risk of a traffic accident.
Don’t Let a Holiday Car Accident Ruin Your Holidays
If you are involved in a car accident, contact a Sacramento car accident attorney for help. An experienced accident attorney can take care of everything for you while you focus on the holidays with your family and recovering from your injuries, such as:
- Filing an insurance claim;
- Investigating the accident scene;
- Identifying the parties that are responsible for causing the accident;
- Gathering evidence to prove fault;
- Preparing a settlement demand package for the insurance company; and,
- Negotiating a fair and just settlement for your injury claim.
Contact A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney For Help
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury lawyers.