The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are typically more motor vehicle crashes during the holiday period compared to the non-holiday season. For instance, in 2017, the average amount of motor vehicle crash fatalities during festive times was 119 per day compared to 102 per day during other times of the year. In Georgia, fatal crashes increase by 23 percent during the holidays. 6% of Georgia's annual traffic-related deaths occur during the holiday period. The most dangerous time for road travel in Georgia is the Fourth of July.
Of course, not all motor vehicle crashes involve fatal injuries and death. For the 2019 holiday period, the National Safety Council reported that 13,100 nonfatal medically consulted physical injuries resulting from auto crashes during Christmas. If you've been involved in a car accident during the holiday season that wasn't your fault, it's essential to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Marks Law Group, our skilled Decatur personal injury attorney has helped hundreds of car accident victims recover fair compensation and we can help you, too. Contact our personal injury law firm today for a no-cost initial consultation.
What are the Common Causes for a Car Accident During the Holiday Season in Georgia?
Road congestion. There are typically more vehicles on the roadways during the holiday season because of holiday shopping, road trips, and school or work events. Naturally, with more vehicles on the road, there are increased chances of getting into a motor vehicle collision.
Intoxicated driving. Alcohol-related traffic crashes are common during this time of year, especially with many drivers and passengers going to or returning from holiday parties. Drunk drivers drive recklessly and have delayed responses while driving in holiday traffic jams, which leads to alcohol-related crashes.
Stress. The holiday period is also an extremely stressful time for everyday Americans while they're traveling to buy decorations, food, gifts, and other holiday necessities. An increase in fatigue and stress can lead to aggressive driving and an increase in traffic accidents on Georgia roads.
Weather conditions. This Christmas and New Year holiday season coincide with winter weather, which can result in cooler days and nights. When driving watch out for ice, sleet, or snow. Inclement weather plays a crucial role in traffic accidents, and it can even add to the road rage and stress drivers may already be experiencing.
Poor motor vehicle maintenance. Drivers may also be slacking on regular maintenance on their vehicles because they're saving up for other holiday necessities, or they just don't have enough time.
If you’re a victim of auto accident fatalities during the holiday period and have sustained bodily injuries and financial damages because of a holiday driver’s negligence or fault, contact the skilled car accident lawyers at Marks Law Group today at (678) 251-9309 for a free case review. Our skilled Decatur personal injury lawyers can assess your circumstances and determine if you're eligible to file a case to recover financial damages. Marks Law Group is committed to getting justice for victims involved in motor vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions, road rage accidents, and stop sign accidents.