With the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays around the corner, it is a safe bet that many of us will be traveling to other cities or states to visit with family and friends. The United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics indicates that long distance travel (defined by travel longer than 50 miles or more) increases by around 23 percent around these holidays. In addition, the agency reports that 91 percent of holiday travel occurs in personal vehicles such as cars. With so many people on the road, it is a near certainty that some of those travelers will be involved in traffic accidents. Fortunately for victims, when these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence they may be able to recover for their losses by bringing a personal injury claim. The best way to maximize your chances of recovery is to consult with a Framingham car accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Motor vehicle accidents are not inevitable. There are several things that people who are planning on traveling this holiday season can do to reduce their risk of being involved in an accident. These include the following:
- Check the weather – Be sure to check the weather forecast along your entire route. Especially here in the Northeast, severe winter weather can develop quickly. Conditions such as snow and ice can negatively affect vehicle performance and visibility, increasing the risk for accidents. If possible, avoid traveling through storms by delaying travel or choosing alternate routes.
- Practice Proper Vehicle Maintenance – Before any long trip, make sure that your vehicle is in good condition. Check your tire tread, all fluid levels, your windshield wipers, and all vehicle lights before departing.
- Be prepared – Pack an emergency kit with warm clothing, food, a radio, flashlights, and other essentials in your car. In addition, bring a cell phone as well as a cell phone charger on your trip in case of an emergency.
- Make frequent stops – Driver fatigue is a significant factor in thousands of car accidents each year. The best way to combat driver fatigue is to take frequent breaks.
- Leave enough time to get to your destination – Being in a hurry can cause dangerous driving and can result in accidents. It is important to leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination on time, particularly with the increase in traffic around the holidays. Be patient, and make sure not to engage in dangerous maneuvers to get around other vehicles. In addition, if you spot another driver who seems to be speeding or driving aggressively, give them plenty of room and do not engage in any aggressive interactions.
In the unfortunate event that you are injured in a motor vehicle accident this holiday season, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Attorney Daniel Cappetta is an experienced Framingham car accident attorney who has the skill and experience the compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Cappetta, call our office today at (508) 969-9505. If you would prefer to reach us by email, please fill out the contact form available on the top-right of this page.