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New Year’s Eve Car Accident Risk

Champagne cork and cage saying 2016 | New Year’s Eve Car Accident Risk2016 is almost upon us, and with New Year’s eve and the rest of the holiday season comes an increased risk for having an automobile accident. More than 95 million Americans will travel significant distances to visit friends and family during the holidays. Of those, as many as 28,000 will be injured in an automobile accident and another 250 or more could die. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the month of December can be particularly dangerous for those out on the roadways.

Despite the fact that the Fourth of July is considered the most dangerous holiday of the year, New Year’s Eve is also a dangerous holiday to be on the road; there are more drivers on the roadways, and the weather could be snowy or icy. New Year’s Eve car accident risk is also increased because people are more likely to be drinking and driving as they attend holiday parties. There are specific age groups which typically have a higher rate of drinking and driving during the holiday season. Those drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are more likely to be involved in a fatal alcohol-related crash than those in other age groups.

The Day the Holiday Falls on Influences the Number of Auto Accidents

One factor in how many auto fatalities will result during the New Year’s holiday is what day the holiday falls on. When New Year’s day fall in the middle of the week, there are far fewer fatalities, as the travel period is not spread over a weekend, and fewer people travel longer distances. When the holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, the number of auto accidents and auto accident fatalities increases dramatically.

The Economy Factors in to How Many People Will Be Driving During the Holidays

The strength of the economy also has a bearing on how many people will travel during the holidays. When the economy is in a slump, fewer people travel, therefore fewer accidents will occur. When gas prices are extremely low and the economy has made at least a partial recovery—both of which have occurred this year—many more people will be out on the roadways, therefore there is a likelihood of more accidents.

Other Factors in Holiday Season Crashes

There are other causes of vehicle crashes during the holidays as well. Fatigued and distracted drivers are more likely during the holiday season. Distracted driving accidents are at an all-time high during the holidays. We are a nation of multi-taskers, and this only increases during the holiday season. We are stressed and exhausted from shopping, wrapping, shipping, catching up at work, getting ready for company or packing up the car to go visit family and friends. These extra distractions, as well as fewer hours of sleep, can contribute to a serious auto accident.

During the winter, daylight hours are reduced, resulting in longer periods of darkness each day. Many of us will travel from an area with little winter weather to an area with lots of winter weather. The unfamiliarity of driving in snowy or icy weather can lead to weather-related auto accidents. All of these factors can make an automobile accident just that much more likely to occur.

Further Reading: Winter Parking Lot Accidents

What to Do if You Have an Auto Accident During the Holidays

If you should have an auto accident despite taking all necessary safety precautions, you must take the following steps:

• Pull off the road if possible; check on all those involved in the accident, and if somebody is in need of immediate medical care, call 911.
• Report your accident by calling the police, even if you think the accident is relatively minor.
• Photograph the scene of the accident if at all possible.
• Take down contact information for the other party involved in the accident.
• Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you deal with the aftermath of your accident.

Contact Our Denver Car Accident Lawyers

Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Fuicelli & Lee, PCIf you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, we can help you obtain the money you need to fully recover from all of your injuries. Our Denver car accident lawyers understand the intricacies surrounding automobile collisions. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless you receive a financial settlement or award. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.

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