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Holiday Season Contributes to Distracted Driving

With Christmas just a few days away and New Year’s right around the corner, the risk of distracted and impaired car accidents is on the rise.  Whether it’s having a few too many drinks, speeding to make it on time to your next gathering, checking your phone to see if your package has arrived yet, or the stress of the season leaving you with an abnormally high amount of road rage, all of these things can impact your driving or the driving of those around you this holiday season.

An article written this year on Yahoo stated that New Year’s Day is the 6th worst day for driving.  Obviously, drunk driving is the major factor.  The article states that:

January 1st ranked as the No. 1 day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data.

Analysis by the National Safety Council discovered that over the New Year’s holiday season for 2007-2011, roughly 42 percent of traffic fatalities were related to drinking and driving.

Christmas Day ranks close behind as the 9th worst day to drive.  The reasoning has less to do with alcohol, though, and more to do with the general stress of the season.  According to the article:

"Data from the HLDI show that collision claims increase by roughly 20 percent in December.

Holiday stress combined with busy roads can lead to more aggressive driving. A State Farm survey found that 32 percent of drivers were more likely to show signs of aggression or road rage during the holidays."

We share this information not to scare you, but to keep you safe this holiday season.  During this time of year, it’s more important than ever to be on the lookout for distracted and impaired drivers, so stay off your phone and remain focused on the road as you travel in the coming weeks.

The holidays are expensive enough, so, in the unfortunate event that you do find yourself involved in a car accident, make sure to contact us to get the compensation that you deserve.  Whether it's providing helpful prevention tips or fighting against the insurance companies on your behalf, we are here to serve you.  From all of us at Boughter Sinak, LLC, we are thankful to our clients for giving us the gift of your business, and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!


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