Car crashes can happen for many reasons, and holidays are one of them. When holidays happen, people often go out to drink or travel to see family or friends. Unfortunately, that does mean that they’re more likely to be involved in collisions.
Looking at statistics from Christmas weekend, Georgia reported 173 arrests for driving under the influence and another 4,347 citations for speeding. In total, 18 fatal crashes took place that resulted in 20 fatalities, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Some of the deaths happened in Cobb County, Fayette County, Gwinnett County and DeKalb County. Others were reported by the Georgia State Patrol from local highways. It’s important to note that these incidents all happened within a 78-hour period during the holidays, which lasted from 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 24 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27.
What makes holiday travel so dangerous?
Holiday traveling is dangerous for a couple of reasons. The first is that there may be people in the area who aren’t familiar with the roads or state laws. Another reason is that many people drink during events over the holidays, so there is a higher risk of drivers being under the influence.
Then, there is also a chance that some people will struggle with distractions, such as children fighting in the car or looking at Christmas lights.
While the holidays can be dangerous for people who travel, you can take steps to stay safer. Be cautious, slow down, avoid being distracted. And, naturally, don’t drive if you’ve had any alcohol to drink. These tips can help you stay safer and make sure you’re able to recognize the dangers and hazards as they appear.
If you are involved in a crash, take immediate steps to protect your interests. An attorney can make sure that you receive fair compensation for your losses.