Holiday Season 2017 is Right around the Corner

The exciting holiday season is just around the corner and for many of us it means more time spent traveling the highways and byways!  The downside of this is that increased traffic delivers increased risk for all drivers, day and night.

The brisk chill in the air and the falling leaves are a reminder that we will soon be gathering around the table to give thanks and celebrate our annual traditions. Stay safe on the roads this holiday season by remaining vigilant, reporting suspicious activity and behaving responsibly.

The Dangerous 3 D’s This Holiday

Distractions

Distracted driving is at an all time high- too many drivers continue to text, Facebook message or check emails – some people even shop!!! Stop! Distracted driving and the associated increase in accidents is undeniable. Add in increased traffic and inclement weather and it is a recipe for holiday disaster.

Talk to your teens, colleagues and friends and remind them to drive responsibly at all times. A single glance at a phone can cost lives.  There are just too many incidences of preventable tragedies

Drinking

For many, the holiday cheer can include a drink or two drinks or many drinks during gatherings, office parties, family dinners and friendly get-togethers.  There is simply no excuse for drinking and driving in today’s day and age. We have a plethora of technology at our finger tips, offering flexible and affordable rides from services like Uber and Lyft all over Northeast Ohio.

If you will be toasting glasses this holiday season, plan for a designated driver or get your Uber app ready to go! If you witness a drunk driver on the roads, safely report it to authorities as soon as possible.  Urge your friends and family members to stay vigilant and responsible this holiday season!

Drugs

Drugged driving is a growing, undeniable issue across Ohio. Since 2012, ODOT reports a 25% increase in auto accidents related to drugged driving.  Sadly many families grieve during holidays as a result of this growing trend.

Unfortunately, the reality is that drugged driving is becoming just as common as drinking and drive or texting and driving,  but is more difficult to spot or prevent. Unlike drinking which usually occurs in a public places, drug users indulge in private places where there is little public visibility or peer resistance to getting behind the wheel.  If someone you know or love is using drugs, or if you witness a drugged driver on the road, contact authorities as soon as safely possible.

Stay Safe and Celebrate

Reporting suspicious activity and taking your responsibility as a driver seriously are of the upmost importance.  Not only could you be saving your own life, but you can also help law enforcement ensure that someone else’s daughter, mother, son, father or child make it home safely this holiday season.

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident as a result of distracted, drunk or drugged driver contact Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg today. Our experienced accident attorneys will support you, fight for your rights, and for the fair compensation you deserve.