The holidays are meant to be a time of joy spent surrounded by friends and family. Unfortunately, numerous people are injured on holidays, most commonly in car accidents. The three main reasons for car accidents during the winter holidays are speeding, distracted driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Speeding decreases one’s ability to stop in time to avoid an accident. In winter months, vehicles have a greater chance of sliding and spinning out due to snow, slush and icy roads. Therefore, drivers need extra time to stop in order to avoid colliding with another vehicle. It is imperative to drive at a speed in accordance with weather conditions, even if that means driving below the speed limit. In 2013, 9,500 people were killed in speeding related motor vehicle crashes, accounting for approximately 29% of all motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois.*
Distracted driving accidents can occur frequently during the holiday season. With families traveling to visit loved ones, a split second of eating food, conversing with others, or texting on the phone while driving can make all the different between enjoying the holiday season and spending it in a hospital. In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed and approximately 424,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents.**
Driving Intoxicated & Driving Tired
Drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. While you may avoid driving intoxicated, there is no guarantee other motorists are doing the same. In 2013, more than 10,000 people were killed and 290,000 others were injured in drunk driving crashes.*** Driving while tired can lead to equally devastating consequences. In 2013, 800 people were killed and 44,000 others were injured as a result of driving while tired or fatigued.****
Zayed Law Offices can help
All motorists owe a duty of care to people lawfully on Illinois roads. When a motorist breaches that duty of care, he or she is liable for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a motorist in a motor vehicle accident, contact our Chicago vehicle accident attorneys today. We help our clients obtain the compensation and the justice they deserve.
****Tired Stats: https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/