The pandemic decreased holiday travel the past few years; however, this year marks a return to some semblance of normalcy. Maryland drivers will likely experience more air, auto, and public transportation traffic during the holiday season. Maryland roads become busier starting around Halloween and through New Year, which results in additional road hazards.
This increase in travel combined with winter weather may increase the likelihood of an accident. While the number of crashes decreased on the actual holiday, the rate of accidents increased in the days surrounding the holiday. As such, motorists and passengers should take steps to avoid dangerous driving and protect themselves and others during this season.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that while many behaviors may lead to accidents, the holidays bring about additional driving hazards. The four most dangerous holiday driving behaviors include:
Impaired driving is the cause of more than half of all car accidents. This type of driving refers to operating a vehicle while being affected by alcohol, prescription or illicit drugs, sleepiness, distractions, or a medical condition. Although many people assume that December 31st is the most alcohol-related accident, Halloween has three times more fatal accidents than New Year’s Eve.
Distracted driving is any visual, manual, or cognitive activity that diverts a motorist’s attention from driving. Activities typically include talking, eating and drinking, texting, adjusting music, or turning to discipline or address passengers in the backseat. Most recent statistics indicate that over 2,800 people die every year in an accident involving a distracted driver.
While drowsy drivers often fall under impaired driving, this category can stand independently, especially around the holidays. In addition to drowsy delivery drivers, many others are under a constant stream of pressure to complete tasks and attend events. This overextension can cause a person to feel fatigued and exhibit slower reaction times.
Finally, novice or inexperienced drivers tend to take to the roads during this time. Many are returning home from college or visiting friends. These drivers may not have extensive experience driving during heavy traffic or inclement weather.
Drivers should engage in safe driving throughout the year, especially during heavy traffic. Those who do not and whose actions amount to negligence may be liable for the damages that their conduct results in.
What Are the Most Dangerous Holidays for Maryland Drivers?
The most dangerous holidays for Maryland drivers are New Years Eve, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Thanksgiving weekend. However, all holidays present an increased chance of encountering a drunk driver. An experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer can help accident victims understand their rights and pursue a claim for compensation against the at-fault party.
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