Practicing Roadway Safety During the Fall Holiday Season
Tips for Drivers During the Fall Holidays
Fall is a favorite time of year for people around the country. Temperatures start cooling off a little, the school year is in full swing, and the holidays from September to November allow for some much-needed time off work.
From Labor Day weekend to Thanksgiving, there are many opportunities to travel to see loved ones. However, this time of year is also notable for having a significant number of car accidents, especially when it comes to holiday travel. When heading out on the roads this season, ensure that you are engaging in the safest driving behaviors possible with these tips.
From school-age children talking about their day on the ride home or stores putting out their fall decor, there is no shortage of things to be distracted by during this season. Along with this, decorating lawns for Halloween is becoming increasingly popular. To combat being distracted by these seasonal changes, here are three things you can do:
- Keep your eyes on the road even when engaging in conversation with passengers in the car.
- Store your cell phone and other electronic devices while driving. Remember, texting and driving is illegal in California.
- Try not to be behind the wheel when stressed, angry, or sad, as these cognitive distractions can impact your driving.
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Avoid Driving Under the Influence
Although each person chooses to celebrate the fall holidays differently, the rate of alcohol-involved fatal collisions tends to increase on the days. Whether you're spending time with friends and family, are stressed about the holiday, or are simply trying to relax more by having a couple of drinks, making sure you have a backup plan to get home is always going to be a safer option than getting behind the wheel.
Improve Pedestrian Safety
One of the best things about the fall season is that you can finally bring out those costumes you've been working on and celebrate Halloween. For families with young children, this usually means spending the evening trick-or-treating. However, this candy-fueled day does not come without its fair share of risk. According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, pedestrians have a 43% higher fatality rate on this night compared to others in the season.
Both pedestrians and drivers can commit to practicing behaviors that make the roadway safer for everyone who uses it. Here are three things that can be done to lessen your risk factor this season:
- Drivers should slow down when traveling through residential areas, especially on the night of holidays when more people are likely out and about.
- Pedestrians can increase visibility by wearing bright or reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight.
- Both parties should avoid becoming distracted by their cellular device. Many pedestrian accidents have been caused by the person becoming distracted and walking into an active roadway.
Remember, pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility with everyone on the road. This season, do your part to lessen the risk of these avoidable collisions.
Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys
The holiday season is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones, not require you to seek medical treatment for the negligent actions of another. This fall, do your part to combat dangerous driving conditions by avoiding reckless driving and being more attentive on the roadway.
Know that you have a right to seek compensation for the injuries caused by someone else's action, and our Law Offices of Gary Berkovich team can help. Call (818) 290-8942 or fill out this short form to schedule a free consultation with our firm.