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Why Car Accidents Always Climb During the Holidays

By Breyer Law Offices on December 29, 2020

With the holidays drawing near, many people in Arizona are excited to cook delicious food, celebrate with friends, and send presents to family. However, the holidays are not the brightest time of the year for everyone.

In fact, every holiday season sees a spike in car accidents, and many families are left grappling with the sudden injury or loss of someone they love. There are many factors that go into “why the winter holidays are such a dangerous time of year for people on the road,” but in our experience, there are a few more common causes.

Drunk Driving

Many people drink alcohol as a way of celebrating the winter holidays. It can be a way to socialize with friends and family, as well as get into the holiday spirit. However, drinking and driving is a dangerous mix. Drunk drivers cause thousands of car collisions every year and are responsible for the loss of countless lives. Given that more people drink during the holidays, it is no wonder that drunk driving also skyrockets. This is especially true during celebrations such as New Year’s Eve, where people drink until the early morning. That combination of fatigue and alcohol makes drivers especially dangerous, as they are incapable of staying in their lane, paying proper attention to the road, keeping their eyes open, and slowing down when appropriate.

Aggressive Drivers

There is often a rush to get to the store during the holiday season. People want to get the best food and the best gifts, leading to a rush to get on the road and to the mall before anyone else. This stress of trying to beat the holiday traffic can lead some drivers to become aggressive. While aggressive drivers are not as out of control as drunk drivers, they can still be incredibly dangerous. Aggressive drivers have a tendency to speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, and make risky driving maneuvers all in the name of getting to their destination as quickly as possible. This kind of reckless behavior often leads to devastating collisions and injuries.

Increased Traffic

With an increased number of people going out, whether to the grocery store, toy shop, or home to visit family, the roads of Arizona become packed with cars come November. The more cars on the road, the greater the risk of accidents. As they say, too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the broth. All it takes is one driver making a poor or reckless choice to cause a serious pile-up.

Increases in Shipping

Shopping has increasingly moved to the online marketplace. This increase in consumption has led to an equal increase in the shipping of goods. A lot of delivery trucks zoom up and down our roads to compensate for this online boom. While truck drivers should be the most responsible drivers on the road, considering how many hours they spend behind the wheel, this often isn’t the case. Sadly, the extra pressure on truck drivers can encourage them to speed or cut corners, leading to devastating truck accidents.

Help to Recover the Joy in Your Holidays

If you have suffered a serious accident during the holiday season, you aren’t alone. Many people in Arizona find themselves the victims of negligent drivers, left with devastating injuries and costly medical bills. However, if you choose to work with an experienced car accident attorney, then you can get the compensation you deserve. Call our firm, Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation and top-notch legal advice.

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