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Drive Safely this Holiday Season in New Jersey

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 19, 2012

New Jersey Holiday Car CrashThe winter holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drivers. Motorists have to deal with hazardous roadway conditions, reduced visibility, and dangerous driving behavior. New Jersey drivers would be well advised to practice safe driving habits and to keep a safe distance from drivers who are behaving erratically or dangerously.

There are a number of ways in which you can reduce your chances of being involved in a New Jersey car accident this holiday season. Make sure you travel at a speed that is appropriate for traffic, roadway, and weather conditions. It is also important that you keep a safe distance from other vehicles, properly maintain your vehicle, and obey all traffic control devices. It is also a good idea to be on the lookout for distracted, impaired, and fatigued drivers, especially during the busy holiday travel season.

Distracted driving is when a motorist is not looking at the road, not focusing on driving, or does not have his or her hands on the wheel. Using a cell phone or even talking to passengers are forms of distracted driving that can result in an accident. Impaired driving is particularly common during the holidays as people travel from holiday parties. New Jersey drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol should use a designated driver, call a taxi, or stay off the roadway until they are sober. Drivers who see a vehicle behaving erratically should pull over and contact the authorities.

Fatigued driving is when a motorist is feeling sleepy or drowsy, and motorists who are on the verge of falling sleep can be as dangerous as intoxicated drivers. There is typically an increase in fatigued driving during the holidays because of the increased number of late night activities and long holiday trips to celebrate the holidays with family.

The skilled Princeton distracted driving accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein wish you and yours a safe holiday season. If you suffer a loss in a traffic accident this holiday season, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation. Please drive safely.

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