The dangers of driving during the holidays (especially in the final days before Christmas) have been well documented. Contrary to the good tidings and cheer that are supposed to be passed, drivers are particularly aggressive and short tempered during this time of year...especially in shopping mall parking lots.
Even though Christmas has passed, the same aggression and stress that plagued drivers before the big day still exists. Drivers are likely to be pressed in getting to malls to take advantage of after-Christmas sales (and to return gifts). Also, some workplaces will still have holiday parties, which adds to the specter of drunk drivers being on the road. Further people are still travelling from one destination to another in anticipation of the next big holiday (New Year's Day). For these reasons, drivers must be aware of road hazards that can lead to accidents.
This means that it is increasingly important for drivers to use reasonable care while behind the wheel. Essentially, drivers have a duty to act as a reasonable person would while driving. Avoiding cell phone use, driving at posted speeds and limiting in-car distractions are things that reasonable drivers are presumed to do.
If a driver fails to use such care (by texting while driving or driving drunk) and an accident occurs, the offending driver could be held liable for the ensuing injuries. They (or their insurance company) could be responsible paying for an injured person’s medical expenses, compensating them for lost wages, and paying for pain and suffering.
With this likely being our last post of 2013, we wish our readers the best for the holiday season.
Source: WashingtonPost.com, “For drivers around Christmastime, it’s not exactly tidings of comfort and joy,” Ashley Halsey III, December 2, 2013