According to an insurance injury report, the number of crashes on Texas roadways increases by 20 percent during the holiday season. This report comes from Allstate and the data was gathered from insurance claims. According to this data, there are more car crashes over the holiday season in Texas than there are at any other time of the year.
The increase in accidents, according to the report, rises most significantly on December 24. The trend carries over throughout the month of December, however, and an insurance agency owner quoted in the press release said that he believes it’s because there are simply more drivers out on the roads during the holiday season and, additionally, the weather changes during the holiday season.
Avoiding the Accidents
Dallas certainly isn’t prone to the same type of extremely harsh holiday whether that you would see in other areas of the nation, but the weather can be bad enough to make driving challenging at times. In addition to this, Dallas has a very large population and, when many citizens are out shopping, the roads become crowded in a way that makes certain types of accidents more likely to happen.
Be particularly wary in areas where there is a great deal of traffic, even if it’s not on a road. For example, shopping center parking lots can be particularly dangerous at this time of year. Combined with the fact that many of the drivers will be frustrated, parking lots are crowded, it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether or not somebody is going to back out of the parking spot in front of you and some drivers simply drive far too quickly through these areas.
Darkness comes much earlier this time of year and that provides another hazard. Remember to be wary of pedestrians in shopping areas after dark and exercise extra caution if the road conditions change. Remember that a sudden drop in temperature at night may mean that moisture already on the road during the day will freeze, creating black ice, which is a significant hazard for drivers and pedestrians.
If another driver strikes you because of negligent actions, be sure to contact a Dallas car wreck lawyer. They may be able to help you go after that driver with a lawsuit, which can help you to replace the damage to your vehicle and to pay for any medical costs that you incurred due to the crash.