In Delaware, the winter months can bring various challenges and issues that could impact the safety of those on the roads. Drivers could face risks that range from poor road conditions resulting from winter weather to an increased chance of sharing the road with a drunk driver. Each individual behind the wheel of a vehicle will benefit from extra vigilance and an awareness of how his or her actions can impact others.
Awareness is critical
One of the most important things a driver can do to protect his or her safety is to be aware of potential risks he or she could face. Understanding the following facts may help one avoid collisions during this holiday season:
- Driver fatigue may be more common during this time of year as people are busier, more stressed and traveling more often.
- There is an increase in drunk driving during the holiday season, and drivers should be able to recognize the signs of possible intoxication.
- There are more delivery trucks on the road during the holiday season, and it can be difficult to see over these vehicles or change lanes safely.
- Snow and ice can make roads slippery and hazardous, increasing the chance of a crash.
Every driver is responsible for the impact of his or her actions, regardless of the season or road conditions.
After an accident
Victims of car accidents may have legal options available to them. If the incident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another Delaware driver, it may be possible to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. An experienced attorney can help one understand the specific legal options available to him or her.