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Holiday Traffic Accidents
As we approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we can anticipate a significant increase in roadway traffic over the coming weeks. While this usually occurs around the holidays, there was a decrease last year because of Covid. However, there are multiple reasons why I believe that this year’s traffic may be the worst in a long time.
First, after many of us were deprived of spending the holidays with our families last year, a lot of people will be looking to make up for that this year. Second, because there are still a lot of restrictions and concerns related to airline travel, many people may forego flying in favor of driving if their destinations enable them to do so. And third, this year both Christmas and New Year’s fall on a Saturday, meaning that they have the Friday off from work as well, which allows people to have a long weekend.
Obviously, with an increase of road traffic, there will unfortunately also be an increase in accidents. In fact, depending on the weather, it is entirely possible that we could have conditions that make traveling even more hazardous and dangerous.
With all of these factors, there are some things that you can and should do to help protect your loved ones this holiday season:
Break Up Long Drives:
One of the largest contributing factors to holiday season car accidents in Maryland is attention or fatigue. Fatigued drivers not only have trouble concentrating, but they also have dulled reflexes to respond to dangerous situations. Make sure that long drives are broken down into more manageable segments. It is probably also not a bad idea to rotate driving responsibilities assuming that is an option.
Avoid Commercial Vehicles:
The holiday traffic frequently includes tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, especially when your travel is on interstate highways. Make sure to keep your distance and avoid if possible. Especially in poor weather conditions, those commercial vehicles have slower stopping speeds and are exponentially more dangerous than regular cars on the roadway
Check the Weather and Traffic Before Your Trip:
Being armed with pertinent information before departing is hugely important. Simply being aware of adverse weather conditions can allow you to drive accordingly and knowing the traffic situation can be equally impactful, potentially even allowing you to revise your route.
Rearview Mirror Visibility:
Depending on how much you bring with you on your travels, your car may be loaded to capacity. Make sure you can see out of your rearview mirror at all times – this can help avoid tailgating drivers and also keep you more apprised of what is going on around you on the roadways.
Hopefully, by following these tips and suggestions, we can help play our part in protecting you and your family and contributing to better safety and fewer accidents on our roadways. Please be safe and enjoy a great holiday season with your friends and loved ones.
Author: Neil Dubovsky, founder and principal at Dubo Law, LLC
Neil Dubovsky graduated with Honors and magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2002. He received the prestigious Faculty Award, which was awarded to the student who best “exhibited unusual qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service.” Neil also received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell – the highest rating possible. He is rated as one of the Top 100 Civil Trial Lawyers in Maryland by the National Trial Lawyers Association and selected to the 2022 Maryland Super Lawyers list. Neil is a husband and father of two beautiful girls.
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