As California residents have started celebrating the holiday season around Christmas and New Year’s Day, many are taking to the roads to travel across the state or even across the country, to visit with friends and family members. The holiday season is always a busy time for traveling, but, in our efforts to visit with our loved ones, drivers and passengers in vehicles may be putting their lives in danger. More travelers on the roads means an increased possibility of car accidents.
A recent article noted that an estimated 14 million residents were expected to travel at some point over the holiday season. Many will be flying to their destinations, but even more are expected to travel on the roads. All told, according to the report, there will likely be 700,000 more residents traveling this year than there were last year.
As the recent article mentioned, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging extra caution for drivers on the state’s roadways. Most of all, the CHP warns drivers against speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and having their attention lured away from the task of driving by distractions, such as cellphones. Holiday celebrations can oftentimes include alcohol consumption, so drivers should be sure to let another person drive if they have been partaking.
When residents are involved in car accidents that result in injuries, they will likely need to take immediate steps to protect their legal rights. It may be possible — and necessary — to file a personal injury lawsuit to attempt to pursue financial compensation from drivers who cause car accidents.