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Don’t be a New Year’s Car Accident Statistic

New Year’s is one of the busiest long-distance travel
periods of the year with an increase of 23
percent, compared to the average number of long distance trips during the rest
of the year
. About 91 percent of travel over the holidays is done by motor
vehicle to domestic locations (99 percent). Combine this extra travel with lots
of parties and an increase in alcohol consumption, and it is a recipe for more car accidents.

According to the Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bring an increased
rate of fatal car crashes.
If you or
your family is injured in a New Year’s car crash, contact a car accident
attorney right away. There is no cost to you; attorney fees are paid out of the
settlement.

Holiday Accident
Statistics from NHTSA

With increased darkness and potentially icy or snowy
conditions, the month of December can be especially dangerous for motorists and
their passengers. An NHTSA study of car crash fatalities by month and holidays
between 2001 and 2005 found that:

?? 41 percent of car accident fatalities occurred
on New Year’s;

?? 38 percent occurred on Christmas;

?? 28 percent occurred during the rest of December;
and

?? the 11 other months of the year combined endured
31 percent of total car crash fatalities.

More than 40 percent of car crash fatalities during
Christmas and New Year’s involved alcohol. It is important to note, however,
that drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 are responsible for the most fatal
car crashes involving alcohol over the holiday, followed closely by people aged
25 to 35 years. During the period between December 15, 2006 and January 1,
2007, there were 37 fatalities recorded in this age group that involved
alcohol.

Holiday Accident Risk
Factors

Avoiding the following risk factors by staying home can help
to ensure a fun and safe holiday season:

?? More vehicles on the road

?? Drivers travelling long distances becoming
fatigued

?? Rushing to reach a destination

?? Icy, wet, or snowy road conditions

?? More hours of darkness

?? Leaving parties late (fatigued) or intoxicated

?? Worn tires or inappropriate tires for winter
road conditions

The bottom line is that you should never drive buzzed, drunk,
or fatigued and always allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Make
sure that you car is well tuned up and that your tires are appropriate for
winter with plenty of tread left. If you will be travelling through a mountain
pass or a particularly wintry area, put chains on your tires. Be willing to
slow down while driving on particularly bad road conditions such as black ice
or standing water.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you have
enough to deal with. Let an experienced accident
attorney
fight for the full compensation that you deserve. It is not
uncommon to receive a settlement from the insurance company that is five to ten
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Bellingham, WA today for a FREE consultation! We have been representing
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since 1979. You will pay nothing up front and no attorney fees at all unless we
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rel=”nofollow” >According to the Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day bring an increased
rate of fatal car crashes. If you or
your family is injured in a New Year’s car crash, contact a car accident
attorney right away. There is no cost to you; attorney fees are paid out of the
settlement.

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