Winter may have everyone’s favorite holidays, but it’s not always a time of peace and gratitude. In fact, in addition to dealing with cold weather and short days, winter is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers, with the number of car accidents skyrocketing during the winter months. In fact, an article in USA Today which cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that about 800 Americans per year die in accidents related to freezing rain, snow, sleet, and ice.
At the law office of Tetzel Law, LLC, our car accident lawyers are passionate about helping victims who have been injured in car accidents caused by negligence and careless acts. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a wintertime motor vehicle crash, please reach out to our law firm today for a consultation.
Top Causes of Car Accidents During the Wintertime
Wintertime car accidents, while something that many drivers and law enforcement officers have come to expect, are not inevitable; instead, these accidents are almost always the result of preventable acts of negligence. Some of the top driver behaviors and circumstances that lead to car accidents during the wintertime include:
- Drunk driving. Drunk driving is a killer on America’s roadways, and the holidays that occur over the winter happen to be especially dangerous when it comes to alcohol, as drivers who imbibe then make the serious mistake of getting behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), from 2012 to 2016, there were over 800 people killed in alcohol-impaired car accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday period alone.
- Increased traffic and lack of driver familiarity. Two other factors that lead to car accidents that are unique to the winter include the fact that during the winter holidays, there are more cars on the road, many of which are coming from far away. (About 54.3 million Americans travel 50 miles or more away from their homes during Thanksgiving alone, according to the AAA NewsRoom.) More drivers on the road mean more traffic and congestion, which inherently increases the risk of an accident. What’s more, many of these drivers are not local, and are therefore unfamiliar with the roads and surrounding areas, further increasing the risk of collision.
- Speeding and driving distraction. Two other dangerous driver behaviors that contribute to wintertime car accidents including speeding–especially when people are trying to get to their destinations on time while also navigating snow and ice–and driver distraction, such as texting while driving, talking to passengers, or using a GPS to try to navigate.
- Poor weather. In November 2018, record-breaking cold weather greeted the Northeast, with snowfall in some areas of Massachusetts (and the country) making travel by automobile more dangerous. Poor weather conditions increase the risk of car accident.
Your Rights if You’ve Been Injured in a Wintertime Car Crash
If you were involved in a crash during the winter, our experienced car accident lawyers at the office of Tetzel Law, LLC want to help you recoup the compensation you deserve. We can aid you by proving the negligence of the other driver, organizing your claim, negotiating with an insurance adjuster to reach a fair settlement, and more. Our lawyers are highly skilled and dedicated to serving our clients’ best interests.
To schedule a free consultation with our car accident lawyers, please call us directly at 617-933-3858 or send us a message today. We work on a contingency fee basis.