Is Christmas a Safe Day to Drive in California?

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Estimations for Traffic Fatalities and Injuries During the Christmas Holiday Period

Christmas is fast approaching, and along with fun and festivities comes the reality that car accidents will result in hundreds of deaths throughout the holiday. Millions of Americans travel to see loved ones around the country, with an estimated 90% doing so by car. Compared with other forms of transportation, car travel has the highest rate of fatality.

At Injured 661, we know how devastating a car accident can be, particularly when it results in serious injury or death. Our experienced lawyers provide dedicated representation for individuals who have been injured or families who have lost a loved one in a car crash. 

Contact our office today at (661) 917-2224 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your options with a member of our legal team.

2021 Holiday Traffic Fatality Estimate

The 2021 Christmas holiday period extends from Thursday, December 23 at 6:00 pm to Sunday, December 26, at 11:59 pm. During that time, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that approximately 371 people will die in traffic-related accidents. 

Additionally, their research indicates that there will be around 42,300 people injured in auto accidents throughout the Christmas holiday period. They estimate with a 90% confidence interval that 35,900 to 49,100 people will receive an injury requiring a medical consult from car crashes over the holiday.

Factors that Contribute to Fatal Holiday Accidents

Although it is unclear that Christmas is a more dangerous time to be on the road, there are more alcohol-impaired fatalities during the holiday period. According to the NSC, 28% of the total traffic fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver in 2019. During the Christmas holiday period, 38% involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

In addition to more impaired drivers on the road, other contributing factors to fatal holiday accidents may include:

  • More traffic
  • Inclement weather
  • Distracted driving
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Aggressive driving

If you are involved in a holiday car accident, it is important to remain calm. Pull to safety if you can and immediately call 9-1-1. Let the dispatcher know if you or anyone else has suffered an injury. The dispatcher can send emergency medical personnel to the scene. 

Even if you do not believe you were severely injured, you still need to be treated by a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Getting and continuing medical treatment may prove critical to your recovery. If you were injured, contact an attorney to determine whether you are eligible for compensation.

Injured in a Holiday Accident? Contact Injured 661!

If you or a loved one is injured in a holiday car accident, contact our office at (661) 917-2224 for a free consultation. Our lawyers can help guide you through the legal process and determine who should be held liable for your injuries. There are never any fees unless we win. Call now to get the compensation you deserve.

At Injured 661, we hope you and your family have a joyous season. We are here to help in any way that we can. Do not hesitate to contact us throughout the holidays with any legal questions.

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