Hi! My name is Sam, and I started this blog to help other injured people. Before you start reading, let me tell you a little about myself. Ten years ago, I slipped on a slice of fruit in a grocery store. My leg slid out from under me, and in a freak twist, it was rendered useless. I could no longer work and struggled with intense pain every day. Luckily, I found an accident and injury attorney who was able to get me the compensation I needed to cover my medical bills and my lost time at work. However, while I waited for the settlement to come through, I had to get creative physically and financially. This blog is dedicated to anyone who is in that limbo position. I hope the posts here help you decide what to do while you wait for the results of your trial.
Throughout the holiday season at the end of the year, there will be about 95 million people hitting the highways to travel to see friends and family members and all of this extra traffic will result in close to 27,900 drivers being injured in an automobile accident. This means that as a driver, if you plan to take a holiday trip, you have to be extra careful to ensure that you and your passengers get where you intend to go safely. It is not always feasible to plan around holiday traffic, so there are a few simple rules you can keep in mind that will help you stay safe when you travel around Christmas and New Years.
Always try to travel at a time of day when there is less traffic.
Highways, interstates, and roadways can get pretty crowded at specific times of the day during the holiday season. For example, in 2015, December 23rd was expected to be one of the heaviest days from roadway traffic and experts were recommending that if you had to travel on that day, avoid doing so between the hours of three and six in the afternoon. Generally speaking, early Christmas day is usually a good day to drive because most people will still be at home with their families. But, you could also wait a few days after Christmas and see much clearer roadways. The same rule applies for New Year's Day. If you can wait to travel after the first day of the year, you will likely see less travelers on the roadway.
Be on high alert for drivers who appear to be under the influence or half asleep.
It is not uncommon for holiday celebrations for some to include alcohol and this is definitely a high-stress time of year when weary travelers may not have gotten as much sleep as they should. Therefore, you should be on high alert for drivers who seem to be either half asleep or not as alert as they should be. Pay careful attention to erratic driving behavior and slow reactions when stopping or switching lanes. Don't hesitate to report suspicious driving behavior to local authorities. Always have information of an injury lawyer on hand as well.
Carefully choose your route of travel.
Before you set out on a holiday excursion, take a few minutes to check out the available routes and alternate directions you could take to avoid heavy traffic. If you are fairly familiar with the place you intend to travel, try to avoid the main highways and take side roads and off-beat travel routes instead. The main highways are bound to be clogged with heavy traffic and if you can avoid them, even if other routes may be a little out of the way, you will probably make it where you are going a lot faster with less traffic.Share
4 January 2016