The holiday travel season is upon us, as people throughout Washington prepare to hit the roads to celebrate the season with family and friends. However, holidays are also a prime time for car accidents to occur. There are several reasons why people may be involved in a car accident this holiday season.
First, roads tend to be more congested during the holidays. Simply put, the greater number of cars on the road, the greater a chance for a collision. In addition, drivers may be in a hurry, leading them to drive aggressively or recklessly. This can result in unexpected and unwanted crashes. Distracted driving can also lead to an auto accident.
Second, whether it is eggnog at Christmas or champagne on New Year’s Eve, holiday festivities often involve alcohol. Most people drink responsibly, and plan for a safe way to get home if they imbibe at a holiday celebration. However, there will always be those who think they can get away with drunk driving. Unfortunately, these drunk drivers run the risk of causing serious car accidents due to their negligent behavior.
Aggressive driving, reckless driving, distracted driving and drunk driving all breach a motorist’s legal duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances. When a motorist breaches this duty and causes a car wreck that injures or kills another person, the accident victims may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible party. No one wants to be injured in a car accident at this time of the year, but when these situations happen, it is important that accident victims understand their rights so they can pursue compensation if appropriate.