By Osborne & Francis
December 28, 2022

5 Holiday Driving Statistics that May Help Keep You Safe This Season

No one wants to think about the possibility of getting into a serious car accident during the holiday season. As car accident lawyers, we know that the risk of car accidents can increase around this time of year, and we believe that it is important for Florida drivers to be aware of the dangers they may be facing while navigating the roads this holiday season. 

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another party, you may be facing substantial medical debt.

It is also common for injured car accident victims to experience other losses, like lost wages and emotional distress. The car accident lawyer of Osborne & Francis can help you recover the value of your damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Our team is available to set up a free case evaluation for you when you call us at (561) 293-2600 or contact our Orlando or Boca Raton offices online. 

1. 25% of Adults Admit that They Drink More During the Holiday Season

When alcohol enters the body, it can have negative repercussions within a matter of minutes. Alcohol impacts critical functions, including a person’s judgment, vision, and physical coordination, all of which are key to safe driving. With a larger portion of the adult population consuming alcohol, there is likely a greater risk of drunk drivers on the road. Additionally, if people are drinking more than they usually do, they may not have an accurate perception of how intoxicated they are or be more willing to risk driving in general.

2. 371 People May Die on US Roads This Christmas

According to the National Safety Council, over 300 people may die in car accidents on Christmas and the days surrounding it. The National Safety Council also estimates that there may be as many as 39,500 non-fatal car accident injuries that are serious enough to warrant medical treatment within this time frame. Historically, their estimates have been well within the expected range for Christmas car accident deaths. A combination of weather, increased alcohol consumption, and heightened travel are the likely culprits. 

3. There’s a 9% Higher Risk that You’ll Get into a Drunk Driving Accident on Christmas Day

Based on data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, you may want to take extra precautions if you decide to drive on Christmas Day. The same analysis notes that New Year’s is the deadliest day of the year for drunk driving accidents, with a whopping 116% increased risk. This tragic statistic underlines the importance of being aware of your surroundings while driving. If you anticipate drinking during the holidays and you need to get to a second location, plan for a designated driver or call an Uber and buckle up.

4. Car Accidents Spike During the Holiday Season

For a variety of reasons, as discussed, there are often more drunk drivers on the road during the holidays. However, that is not the only reason for the increase in car accidents during the holiday season. Drivers may also be more distracted by holiday preparations, stress, and travel. Roads tend to be more congested than usual, which can be frustrating. 

Additionally, many families travel during the holidays, so drivers may be navigating unfamiliar roads in less-than-ideal weather conditions, which can often coincide with the holiday season. Take extra care if you are traveling this year, whether that be to the grocery store or across the country.

5. There are More Delivery Trucks on the Road During the Holidays

Large trucks are notorious for causing serious accidents. They have significant blind spots and are capable of crushing smaller vehicles or running them off the road. Additionally, truck drivers often work long hours, especially around the holidays, which can make them susceptible to drowsy driving. Many people send their friends and family packages during the holidays, which only increases the demand on truck drivers. With the increased number of truckers on the road, the risk of being injured or killed in a truck accident is higher during the days surrounding Christmas. 

Why Should I Choose Osborne & Francis to Represent Me?

At Osborne & Francis, we don’t shy away from taking on the tough claims. We believe that negligence should not go unanswered, and that means going above and beyond for our injured clients to get them the compensation they deserve after they have been harmed by someone else’s recklessness. 

For nearly a decade, we have provided valuable legal insight to our clients and negotiated strategically for maximum compensation, with impressive results. Our team of diligent personal injury lawyers will be fierce advocates for your claim. We know that insurance companies will likely try to undermine your car accident lawsuit, so we will ensure that we are properly prepared with the evidence to validate your experience. 

As an Osborne & Francis client, you can rely on our team to communicate with you on a regular basis to update you on the progress of your case and get your input. We won’t pressure you to agree to an inadequate settlement offer just so we can collect our fee, or brush off your questions. We value your trust, and as our client, you can expect to be treated with the respect that entails.

Contact Osborne & Francis if You’re Injured in a Car Accident This Christmas

When tragedy strikes during the holidays, you need a dependable advocate to have your back with the insurance company. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident this holiday season, let the skilled auto accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis handle the stress of negotiations and dense legal paperwork while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Our award-winning team will work diligently to secure you compensation for your damages. If we believe that it is necessary to take your car accident claim to court to secure a fair settlement, then we are prepared to do so.

The car accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis have the legal expertise and the access to resources to be the asset you need when negotiating for fair compensation.

We encourage you to set up a free consultation by reaching out to us at (561) 293-2600 or contacting our Orlando or Boca Raton offices online. Our team will help guide you through the process of filing a personal injury claim and provide insight specific to your car accident claim. 

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