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Tips to Travel Safe & Sound This Holiday Season

The winter holiday season – from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day – is a busy time on our roads. As we head into the year-end holiday blitz, countless Americans will be traveling. Unfortunately, the winter holidays are also some of the most dangerous times to travel, in part because of heavy traffic and the recklessness of others on the road. Inclement weather can also make winter holiday travel more treacherous.

At Corless Barfield Trial Group we are committed to helping victims who have suffered personal injuries, and we are also passionate about helping keep our communities safer. We understand the risks involved with traveling during the holidays and are ready to assist auto accident victims pursue the compensation they need. Contact us toll-free at 877-517-5595 or locally at 813-258-4998 to schedule a free consultation.

When it comes to winter holiday travel, airports (and fighting for overhead bin space) get a lot of media attention. However the majority of people who travel during the winter holidays pack up the car and drive to their destination.  According to an annual Trip Advisor survey, 60% of those traveling for the holiday will drive to their destination, while only 35% will fly. With more traffic, the likelihood of being involved in an accident is higher, and the importance of learning about driving safety tips is increased.

  1.  Plan Your Route: Technology can increase the chances of helping you find your way to a destination safely. Plan your trip by using Google Maps or other online services for directions. Be prepared to take an alternative route. Check your smartphone app for heavy traffic ahead. Apps will likewise help you know whether there is construction in certain areas in case you need to take an alternate route. Getting lost and heavy holiday traffic can cause anxiety and be a huge distraction for drivers that can compromise safety. Gadgets and various travel apps can help ease traffic woes and increase your safety.
  2. Stay Alert & Well Rested: Drowsy driving is a common cause for auto accidents. Make sure you’re well-rested before a long drive and take regular breaks or share the driving duties. A study carried out by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered that, from 2009 to 2013, 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were attributed to driver fatigue. Drowsiness can lead to driver inattention and distraction, slow reaction time, and hinder your ability to make good decisions while on the road. Studies have shown that driving while drowsy can result in impaired judgment and delayed reactions, just like drunk driving. Drowsy drivers present a significant risk on roadways. When a collision occurs involving a fatigued driver, victims need to understand their legal rights.
  3. Motor Vehicle Maintenance: No matter the distance to your holiday destination, it is imperative to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Check tire pressure, spare tires, seatbelts, brakes, fluid levels, lights, wiper blades, and test the battery as well as reduce clutter inside your car before hitting the road this holiday season. Also, check the vehicle with an auto mechanic before leaving on your trip. Make any required repairs before driving. Be prepared for inclement weather.  Rain, sleet, snow, ice, and other dangerous conditions can throw a wrench in your travel plans. Put together a roadside emergency kit that includes a first aid kit, warm blankets, road flares, jumper cables, oil, coolant, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a small tool kit. Know what kind of weather conditions you might be driving through, not just the weather at your home and your destination.
  4. Next Steps: Dedicated and experienced, Corless Barfield Trial Group will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible for your auto accident case. Schedule your consultation with our personal injury attorneys today to learn how we can help with your case. Our skilled legal team will evaluate your case, fight for your rights, and help you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information or to schedule a consultation for your auto accident claim, contact Corless Barfield today at 813-258-4998 or toll-free at 877-517-5595.