During the holiday season people are out on the road more than usual. It’s a time to have fun and visit with family and friends more. Unfortunately, there is an increase in car accidents during the holidays (http://scrantonlawfirm.com/) too. It’s important to know how to keep safe and what to do in case there is an accident.

Why are there more car accidents?

More vehicles are on the road. People are out and about shopping, going to parties, visiting friends or driving the children to activities. Also, more people are on the highways traveling further distances. The increase in accidents coincides with an increase in vehicle traffic.

People are more distracted and stressed out at this time of the year. They have lists of things to get done and they tend to rush. They are more likely to use their cell phones for calls and messaging, too. Distracted driving is one of the main causes of car accidents. More than 1161 people are injured daily and 8 are killed in the U.S. as a result of a distracted driver.

This is a festive time of year and people drink more alcohol more often. According to statistics from the U.S. DOT, drunk driving is responsible for taking a non-drinker’s life every two and a half hours. DUI traffic stops increase by 33% on Christmas Eve and 42% of all accidents on New Year’s Eve are the result of driving after drinking.

What should you do if you are injured in an accident?

If you are injured in an accident, here at Scranton Law Firm we recommend that first, you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you believe that your injuries are not serious, there may be underlying injuries. Second, get quality legal advice right away. Lawyers have the knowledge and experience to get you through the process swiftly and with your best interests in mind.

Have a happy and safe holiday season and remember to contact us or call 1-800-400-8742 if there is anything you need.