Why Road Traffic Accidents Increase over Christmas

Given the immense joy and excitement we all feel over Christmas, the festive period is the most dangerous time on the road for everyone; drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. To give you tips on how to protect yourself, your loved ones and others from being involved in road traffic accidents this year and during the festive period, we have made a short list containing the most common reasons for incidents involving vehicles on the road:

Alcohol-impaired driving

The odds of being in a car accident involving a drunk driver skyrocket when Christmas is just around the corner. Recent statistics illustrate a 9% increase in the number of seriously injured casualties caused by drunk driving, from 1,070 in 2014 to 1,170 in 2015*, according to the Department of Transport.  

During the festive season, people tend to want to relax and celebrate, which usually involves alcohol. People often think that driving after a few drinks will cause no harm, especially if they’re not caught, but drinking even the smallest amount of alcohol can affect driving abilities and increase the chances of causing a road traffic accident that may cause severe injuries and losses to an innocent person.

Increased number of cars on the roads

Whether you are going Christmas shopping, visiting family and friends, going away on a cottage break for the weekend; they all require travel. The combination of bad weather and having somewhere to be encourages people to take to the roads in their own vehicles. An increase in traffic means an increase in road traffic accidents and more people wanting to claim compensation for personal injuries, such as whiplash, for example.

Inadequate vehicle maintenance

During the winter months, insurance companies give more car crash compensation payouts to people who have been involved in non-fault road traffic accidents, where the driver responsible might have avoided getting their car serviced. Evading car maintenance in the attempt to save money for the season is a bad idea if you want to prevent being unable to drive your car after a road traffic accident that leaves you needing a replacement car, or worse.

Stress

Stress can lead to many things, but the stresses that come with Christmas will often steal the attention of a driver, resulting in them driving dangerously. It is often that driver incompetence causes a car accident with another person who was most likely devoting their full attention to the roads.  

Bus and Coach Travelling Increase

In general, travelling via bus and coach in the UK is a popular and cheaper form of transport. Similar to road traffic accidents, more buses and coaches on the road means a higher chance of an accident occurring, especially during the festive period.

More people aim to travel over the holidays, be it for shopping trips or festive activities in other places, and other forms of transport other than your own mean making your journey easier, without the hassle of parking and dealing with traffic. There are many ways you can be injured when travelling by bus or by coach; the most obvious being if the vehicle is involved in a collision.  

Whether it was the weather conditions, driver incompetence, or another motorist on the road that caused your bus or coach accident, you may still be able to make a bus and coach accident injury claim.

How Cute Injury can help

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault and you have sustained an injury and would like to discuss the possibility of starting the claims process with a qualified claims specialist, give Cute Injury a call today.

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(*Source – Department for Transport - Reported road causalities in Great Britain: Estimates for accidents involving illegal alcohol levels: 2015 (final) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/635345/road-accidents-illegal-alcohol-levels-2015-final.pdf)

 

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