It would hurt the holiday cheer if you suffered an auto accident while driving to a family gathering. One of the most common causes of auto accidents, especially at the end of the year, is texting and driving. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from severe and fatal auto accidents each year because of texting and driving.
It’s hard for many family members to not call or text others for updates on their trip to a holiday party. However, it just can’t be avoided. Or, can it? There are a few things that you might do to protect yourself from distracted driving accidents. Here’s what you should know:
How to prepare for a long road trip to see family
While a family member may be eager for you to make it to a holiday party with friends and family, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your safety. Before or while you’re on the road, you should keep in mind a few tricks to keep focused on the road.
You may share your location with family members before you get on the road. Some phones allow people to share their location and make updates as the user is in motion. Your family could look at your location and get an updated arrival time without disturbing your focus.
You could also give your family members a call before you get in the car. This call could help to remind your family members that you’re on the way and that you’ll need to focus for the next few hours. You might even consider giving updates anytime you make stops for gas or breaks.
Staying safe during the holiday is important, but you can’t always plan for everything. Another driver could cause a texting-and-driving accident, causing injuries and losses. If you’re injured this holiday, you may need to learn about your legal options.