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San Jose personal injury attorneyThe holidays can be the most magical time of the year. Seeing old friends and family, watching children open presents, or sharing a favorite holiday meal can put a smile on anyone’s face. The holidays are also the time of year that many people travel. The increase in traffic combined with hurried drivers eager to make it to their destination on time can make travelling during the holidays challenging. When individuals add drinking and driving to the equation, the risk of getting into an auto accident skyrockets. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drunk driving usually contributes to approximately 30 percent of highway fatalities. However, this number doubles to nearly 60 percent during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. This holiday season, make a commitment not to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Always Have a Travel Plan that Involves a Sober Driver

For many, the holiday season is filled with social events. People visit with relatives, have gift exchanges, and often enjoy a cocktail or two together. Most workplaces have a holiday parties as well. If you plan to celebrate the holidays with a few drinks, always make sure to have a plan for getting home. Waiting until you are already drinking to make transportation arrangements can be disastrous. This is partly because in addition to giving drinkers that warm feeling of holiday cheer, alcohol also affects the decision-making parts of the brain. Alcohol use stimulates a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. High levels of norepinephrine lower drinkers’ inhibitions and increase impulsivity. As a result, those who normally make rational decisions about road safety may find themselves impulsively getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. A driver is much less likely to consider the potential consequences of his or her actions after consuming alcohol. This is why it is so critical to have a plan for transportation in place before you start drinking.

Contact a South Bay Car Accident Injury Attorney If You Have Been Injured in a Car Crash

Car accidents can lead to life-altering catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, or paralysis. Even milder injuries like whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and broken bones can leave an individual unable to work and burdened with medical bills. To learn how you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, contact our highly knowledgeable San Jose car accident lawyer. Call us at 408-293-7777 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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San Jose personal injury attorneyThis is a busy time of year for many of us. Whether celebrating Kwanza, Hanukkah, or Christmas, millions of Americans will be traveling by car this holiday season, putting you and your family at an increased risk of getting into a car accident. The National Safety Council estimates that there were about 300 traffic fatalities last year and 37,000 injuries due to traffic accidents during the days surrounding Christmas of 2016.  Every time that a person gets into a vehicle, they are taking a risk, but there are steps you can take in order to mitigate that risk.

Experts encourage drivers to make sure that their car is properly maintained. If you are going to drive a long distance this holiday season, it is a good idea to take the car to a service station to be inspected. Check the tires for correct air pressure and ensure that the tires still have adequate tread depth. Top off all the fluids in the car and replace old or worn out wiper blades. Ensure that the car’s battery is working correctly. It is also a good idea to be prepared with an emergency car kit. In it, place extra phone chargers, blankets, flashlights, batteries, flares, reflective markers, water, snacks, and tools. Check your route and be aware of increased traffic patterns and accidents due to the holiday rush.

If You Get into an Accident, Take These Steps

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San Jose personal injury attorney, holiday travel, distracted drivingWhen traveling from one destination to another, it is not uncommon to witness a driver talking or texting on his or her smartphone, applying makeup, or reaching into the backseat to assist a child. All of these distractions take a driver's concentration off of the road. However, the addition of the holidays can bring about an increase in distractions, drunk driving, and vehicle accidents

Plan for Other Distracted Drivers

During the holiday travel season you may encounter drivers who are distracted by more than a smartphone or child. Distractions may include the following:

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