During the recent holiday season, Wisconsin roadways were crowded with shoppers and travelers visiting family and friends. Individuals often celebrate the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day with more drinking and partying than usual. When combined with predictably wintry weather, the results can be disastrous.
In order to stay as safe as possible during the holidays and at any time of the year, you should strongly consider taking the following precautions:
- Keep a full tank of fuel at all times.
- Carry an emergency kit in your car, including a blanket, extra warm clothing, jumper cables, non-perishable snacks, water, a shovel, a flashlight, matches, candles, and an ice scraper.
- Ensure that someone always know when you are leaving, where you are going, and when you should be arriving at your destination.
- Carry your cell phone at all times, and keep it fully charged with a car charger.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be on the lookout for erratic drivers, bad road conditions, preexisting accidents, and other unsafe situations.
- Stay home when the weather warrants it. No celebration or night out is worth getting in an accident.
- Avoid driving after consuming any amount of alcohol, which can decrease your reaction time and slow your reflexes. If you’re going to drink, get a ride home from someone else.
Other commonsense driving tips are to leave early for your destination, and don’t rush if you’re late. You will be more likely to speed or be distracted if you are running late and trying to hurry. Check the weather forecast before you go, and be aware of any construction that is currently on your intended driving route.
The experienced Wisconsin accident attorneys of Boller & Vaughan are here to help you through the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash, no matter how great the damages or injuries may be. We can look into the circumstances surrounding your accident, assess the situation, and evaluate any claims that you may have for damages. We know how to determine fault in a car accident, and build a strong personal injury or wrongful death claim based on that determination. Contact our office today in order to schedule a free initial consultation about any potential claim that you may have.