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Holiday travelers may be at higher risk of being in an accident

This time of the year, most people in Montana and across the country focus on celebrations. With Thanksgiving celebrations already under your belt, you likely feel prepared for Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities. If you plan to host any parties, you have likely made your preparation lists and checked them twice. Hopefully, you will be a guest at an event or two as well.

Of course, whether you host or attend as a guest, you may find yourself on the roads more often in the next couple of weeks. You may need to make more trips to the grocery store to pick up last-minute party items, or you may need to hop in your car to make it to a friend's get-together or to take the kids to see Grandma and Grandpa.

Roadway safety

No matter your reason for being on the road, even if it is just a short trip, you need to keep safety a top priority. Unfortunately, numerous accidents take place on roadways this time of year, and many of those accidents have fatal outcomes. If you want to increase your chances of staying safe, you may want to consider the following tips:

  • Never drink and drive. Though some of your holiday events may have alcoholic beverages, it is always better to get a ride after indulging.
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance and ensure that your vehicle is not under recall for any reason.
  • Think about how any medication you may take -- even some over-the-counter medications -- could affect your driving. Drowsiness caused by medication is only one of the potential side effects that could hinder your driving abilities.
  • Stay more focused on the task of driving than usual. More drunk drivers hit the road this time of year, and you may be able to avoid a crash if you notice someone's concerning driving ahead of time.
  • Avoid cellphone use, GPS changes and any other distractions while driving. Even hands-free device-use can be distracting.

You certainly do not want to become a statistic for roadway crashes this time of year. However, you cannot always avoid a collision, even if you put your best efforts forward. If another driver causes an accident that leaves you seriously injured, you may want to review your options for seeking compensation. A personal injury claim may allow you to pursue monetary recompense for damages stemming from the accident.

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