With the holiday season comes an increased risk of DUI collisions, drowsy driving, and dangerous roadway conditions in New Jersey. However, there are a number of steps you can take to help decrease your chances of being involved in a car accident during this holiday season.
If you plan on consuming alcohol this holiday season, remember that it only takes a couple of drinks to impair your cognitive abilities. All drivers would be well advised to assign a designated driver, call a taxi, or simply spend the night at the location of the event until it is safe to travel in the morning. It is a common mistake to assume that a couple drinks of eggnog or wine is not enough to affect one’s ability to drive. This is a common error in judgment that leads to numerous injury crashes during the holiday season.
Many New Jersey residents drive long hours to visit friends and family during the holidays. It is always a good idea to not travel too late at night or while drowsy. If you do choose to drive late at night, it may be in your best interest to have a wide awake passenger in the front seat keeping you company and making sure you are alert and focused. Studies have shown that drowsy and fatigued driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving.
Last but not least, remember that New Jersey roadways are prone to icy and wet conditions during the holidays. Even if the ice is not visible, there is the potential for the conditions to cause your vehicle to slide out of control. Remember to leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you and give yourself plenty of time to slow down.
The experienced Princeton car crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation.