Throughout the 365 days which make up the whole year, there are many holiday seasons slotted between. Whilst this is a time to enjoy social gatherings or shop for the perfect gift, motorists often face hazardous conditions on the roads. They have to contend with those who sit behind the wheel after consuming too many alcoholic indulgences and those who are distracted. Whilst the holiday season is decorated with thoughts of good will, cheer and generosity, causing a car accident does not coincide with the festive spirit. Sadly, statistics show this time of year as the season where motorists are less likely to operate a vehicle safely.
Dealing with the pressure
Although accidents which take place during the holiday season are very much the same as those that happen on a day to day basis, drivers have to content with these factors on a much higher volume. In winter, drivers battle with fogged up windows, limited visibility and icy temperatures. Some people will still choose to speed in such conditions. There are also those who will drive whilst intoxicated or distracted by children. This means that changing road conditions present hazards which they cannot react to safely.
Handling those ‘not so’ happy holidays
In 2010, 10% of fatal accidents occurred during the holiday season whereas throughout the remainder of the year such accidents remained stagnant at just 3%. Whilst the media draw attention to the dangers of drink driving during the holiday season, the success or failure rate of such campaigns is difficult to analyse.
New Year’s Day is considered the worst day of the year for driving as motorists often clamber behind the wheel on New Year’s Day still highly intoxicated from New Year’s Eve. A fifth of people last year consumed 10 units of alcohol on New Year’s Eve which meant that by 12 noon on New Year’s day, they were still over the limit. Over 21,000 drivers drank so much alcohol, they were still over the limit by 10pm on New Year’s Day. Drivers in the North East of England and London consumed the most alcohol on New Year’s Eve 2013. If these people intermingled with those who were commuting back home or heading to their their place of work, it is easy to see why the New Year celebrations were loaded with dangers.
Looking for an injury claims solicitor in Loch Rannoch?
If you have been involved in an accident which was caused through no fault of your own, don’t start the New Year in pain. Take action and ring a company such as Accident Advice Helpline who can advise if you are in a position to take legal action and help you find an injury claims solicitor in Loch Rannoch, or anywhere else in the UK. Although we do not have a local injury claims solicitor in Loch Rannoch we can still represent you and your claim. Give them a call on: 0800 689 0500 or ring from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 4th January 2014
Author: David Brown