Motor Vehicle Accidents Over the Holidays

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Four Reasons Why Georgia is at Risk

For many, the festive season often brings to mind the image of lights: twinkling house lights, strings of tree lights—and miles of brake lights. To Atlanta natives bumper-to-bumper traffic may be nothing new, but that traffic during the hustle and bustle of the holidays is a whole different story. Unfortunately, the traffic doesn’t come alone. Studies show that crashes and collisions also increase around the holiday season, for a number of reasons. Do you know how to protect yourself? It starts by having the facts.

Reason #1: More Congested Roadways

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, there were 556 auto collisions over the Thanksgiving holiday. This was due in part to the large number of drivers (almost 1.5 million) that were expected to travel Georgia roads. More traffic on the roads means more chances for accidents on the road. Many make plans to spend the holidays with loved ones who often don’t live close. Traveling by plane isn’t always feasible, making driving many travellers’ method of choice. Thus roadway congestion is virtually inescapable—a necessary risk we take while travelling during the holiday season.

Reason #2: Inclement Weather

The winter months can bring unpredictable and unexpectedly harsh weather in the south, and inclement weather can cause rough driving conditions. Wet, rainy, or icy roads can catch even the most experienced drivers off guard, making navigating the roads that much harder during the holiday time.

Reason #3: Greater Likelihood of Driving Under the Influence

The holidays are known for cheerful gatherings of friends and family, but often tragically, some just don’t know when the party’s over. The US Department of Transportation reported that in a single year, 781 people nation wide died in drunk-driving-related accidents in the month of December alone. And while companies like AAA and Lyft have begun offering free and discounted rides to those who have been drinking, statistics show that the holidays bring with them a greater likelihood that someone under the influence would make a bad decision to get behind the wheel.

Reason #4: Increase in Distractions

The holiday season doesn’t come without its fair share of work. Cooking, cleaning, and preparing for guests can be exhausting, not to mention those last-minute shopping runs to find the perfect gift for everyone. With all this on your mind while in a hectic flow of traffic, fatigue and stress are going to win out over focus, and it’s these valid and dangerous distractions that cause drivers to have more crashes over the holiday season.

So what can you do?

Even if you can’t prevent an accident over this holiday season, your merry and bright doesn’t have to turn into a scary sight. The steps you take afterward matter.

The law is often on your side if you know what to do with it. Butler Law Firm is here to help.

Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Truck accidents cause 4,000 deaths each year. These accidents are often severe, involving multiple cars especially during the holiday traffic. The law holds drivers and companies to a higher standard. Truck drivers should only be on the road for so long without a break, and trucking companies are required to keep proper records. Trucks also must pass inspection, and drivers should be completely sober. In the fast-paced holiday season, these things don’t always happen. Experienced truck accident lawyers like Butler Law Firm understand the rules and hold drivers and companies accountable in the event of negligence.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be particularly deadly. In a collision, there’s much less material to protect you than the metal of a car. Motorcycles can also often be the little guys of the road, with bigger cars and trucks failing to look out for them. For motorcyclists injured because of distracted holiday driving, fast and responsive lawyer can make all the difference in getting the money you need to get back on your feet.

Car Accidents

For all the reasons mentioned above, car accidents are more likely to happen during the holiday season. When a driver causes a car accident by being negligent and violating Georgia’s Rules of the Road, that driver has been “negligent per se” and can be held responsible under the law. Laws commonly sited in car accident cases are O.C.G.A. § 40-6-49 (following too closely) or O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241.2 (texting and driving). But whether it’s a minor fender-bender or a crash involving serious injuries, the team of lawyers at Butler Law Firm know the law and use it to help our clients get their lives back on track—physically, emotionally, and financially.

If you are in an accident this holiday season involving a tractor-trailer, a motorcycle, or another car, call our experienced injury attorneys to help you as you get on the road to recovery.