Holiday Driving Risks In West Palm Beach: An Attorney Discusses
The holidays are upon us. Many people in West Palm Beach will be traveling, celebrating with family and friends, and hitting up retail stores in pursuit of gift-giving.
However, this time of year ushers in risky driving habits. In fact, Christmas and New Year’s ranked significantly high in traffic fatalities in comparison to the daily national average between 2011 and 2015. However, they were also considered the two least dangerous holidays for driving during that four-year period.
What makes the holidays so dangerous in West Palm Beach?
An article by EHS Today has identified four key factors in auto accidents this time of year. They include:
- Distracted driving: Many drivers have a lot going on this time of year and will often try to multitask. Distracted driving is commonly the result of a driver using their phone to text, make calls, or check store hours while driving.
- Impaired driving: Celebrations involving alcohol are common during the holiday season. Some drivers may get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. While police do their best to keep drunk drivers off the roads, many of them go undetected.
- Pressured driving: During this time of year, drivers typically have tighter schedules and more to do in such a short span of time. The stress induced by the holidays can result in speeding and reckless driving.
- Fatigued driving: During the holidays, many people have tighter schedules, which could result in less sleep. The EHS Today article cites a study by AAA that found sleeping fewer than five hours in a 24-hour period can increase the likelihood of a fatigued driving crash by four to five times.
Injured in a crash during the holiday season? An attorney can help!
The holidays can be joyous and overwhelming at the same time. However, there is no excuse for putting other road users in danger.
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident because of someone else’s reckless behavior, you deserve to be compensated to the fullest extent.
Your injuries may require costly medical procedures and months of recovery. That’s why it’s crucial that you know your rights. Attorney David J. Glatthorn will move your claim forward and fight to hold negligent parties accountable. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.