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6 Reasons More Car Crashes Happen in Knox County During the Holidays

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Knoxville personal injury lawyerFew things put a damper on your holidays quite like getting hurt in a car accident. Unfortunately, car accidents do tend to happen more frequently around major holidays for a number of reasons. Last year, this effect may have been reduced because the pandemic limited holiday travel for most Americans. This year, however, travel is expected to largely return to normal - and so is the usual spike in car crashes. If you are hurt by a negligent driver this season, it is important to call a lawyer sooner rather than later so he can begin preserving evidence quickly. 

Why Do More Crashes Happen Around the Winter Holidays?

A number of factors can contribute to car accidents during the holiday season. More people are on the roads in general, shopping and visiting loved ones while enjoying some time off from work. Some factors that can cause more motor vehicle collisions during the winter holidays include: 

  • Stress - Stressed-out and frantic drivers are more prone to making dangerous mistakes. Drivers are often rushing around trying to complete their pre-holiday checklist on time, all while juggling family responsibilities and other year-end tasks. An overwhelmed driver may not be focused on the road. 
  • Directions - A lot of people travel out-of-town for the holidays. This may mean that more people are driving around in unfamiliar cities, where they do not necessarily know which lane to be in or when to turn. A driver who is lost and confused may cause an accident trying to recover from a missed turn or because they did not anticipate a lane merge. 
  • Alcohol - Drinks can flow freely at holiday parties and family gatherings. Holiday stressors like money and family conflict may also influence people to drink more around this time. The difficulty and expense of finding a rideshare at this time can also lead people to drive when they should be finding a sober ride. 
  • Traffic - There is simply more traffic in general during the holidays, especially around major shopping centers. This increased congestion can make crashes more likely. 
  • Weather - Having a white Christmas can be lovely, but also dangerous if you have to drive through it. Ice, snow, and high winds can all lead to more accidents. 
  • Shipping - Online shopping and in-person shopping alike are at a high from the end of November through December. This leads to a lot more commercial trucks out making deliveries. Wrecks involving 18-wheelers can be particularly bad. 

No matter the cause of your holiday-season car accident, it is important that you consult a lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney may be able to help prove the cause of the crash. 

Call a Knox County Car Accident Attorney

If a negligent driver threatens to ruin your holiday by hurting you in a wreck, The Law Office of William F. Evans may be able to help recover compensation for you. Our skilled Knoxville car accident lawyers will conduct a prompt investigation to determine the cause of the accident and help prove your case. Call us at 423-449-7980 to arrange a free consultation. 



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