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Driving Safe this Holiday Season

Recently, AAA has reported that there was an increase in the number of drivers that took to the roads this past Thanksgiving weekend-but it is not expected to stop there. These numbers are expected to continue increasing throughout the rest of the year, so it has become all the more important for drivers to err on the side of caution when out on the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that since 1994, the number of traffic fatalities has been on an upward slope, with the highest number of deaths occurring on the weekends. Statistics show that there is an average of 123 fatalities each Saturday, with an additional 107 deaths occurring each Sunday. For this reason, it is important for all motorists to practice safe driving and be aware of the potential dangers that they may face this holiday season.

The Connecticut personal injury attorneys at McCoy & McCoy would like to advise all drivers to keep a few tips in mind before getting behind the wheel. First and foremost, avoid drinking and driving. With more than 1.41 million drivers being arrested annually for driving under the influence, it is no surprise that the NHTSA has reported that nearly 31% of all fatal motor vehicle collisions that take place on the weekends can be attributed to an intoxicated driver. When an individual makes the irresponsible decision to drink and drive, they are not only endangering themselves, but they are also putting the lives of all other drivers in the vicinity at risk. Secondly, try to minimize the amount of distractions present while navigating your way around the congested roads this holiday season-this includes talking on the phone, texting, using a GPS and/or repeatedly changing the radio station.

Distracted driving is a serious problem that has begun to erupt across the United States, as more than 18% of all injuries that are sustained in motor vehicle collisions are caused by distracted driving practices. Research has even shown that "driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%" (, which is why almost every state in the U.S. has prohibited the use of cell phones while driving. Eliminating such distractions will inevitably have an impact on the number of accidents, and related fatalities, that are continuing to happen across the country each year, but unfortunately, not all collisions can be prevented. For this reason, you may have already been involved in a negligently caused motor vehicle accident. If this is the case, it is imperative that you enlist the help of an experienced lawyer immediately. Contact our firm today to explore your legal options.

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