Safety Tips for Holiday Travel in California

Safety Tips for Holiday Travel in California

The holiday season is a busy time to travel throughout California. More drivers will travel north and south along I-405 and Ventura highway compared to other times this year. Thus, it is no coincidence that December is National 3D Prevention Month. The 3 D’s stand for drunk, drugged and driving—the number of DUI deaths, accidents, and arrests increase during this time. Hence, as we enter the holiday season, it is important to remember to drive safely and drive responsibly.

If you were recently in an auto accident and are wondering about compensation or legal options, our team at Solution Now Law Firm can help you. We have the experience to help you navigate the legal process and provide a solution.

Remember to drive responsibly during this holiday season

Appoint someone who will be sober to drive for you if you plan to use alcohol or any drug that impairs your driving.

Avoid distractions while traveling

Distracted driving is not limited to sending text messages. Talking while driving or daydreaming are forms of distracted driving. If you’re traveling across the country, some states can issue a ticket for any activity that distracts you from driving. For example, in Georgia, you can get a ticket for eating while driving if a police officer believes it’s a distraction.

Make sure your teen is driving using proper driving techniques

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that lack of driving experience is a leading cause to teen deaths in car accidents each year. Having a conversation with your teen about safe driving can reinforce proper driving techniques. Additionally, a defensive driving class can supplement lack of driving experience.

Exchange information with other drivers if you are in a car accident

In case you are in a car accident, recording vital information is necessary when resolving related matters after the car accident. California law requires drivers to exchange contact information and insurance information after car accidents. The following information should be exchanged during an accident:

  • Driver’s name and current address,
  • Driver’s license number,
  • VIN,
  • The current home address of the owner of the car,
  • Car Insurance Information (Name of insurance, Address, and Policy number)

Additionally, it may be helpful to collect the contact information of witnesses.

Taking photographs is necessary during a car accident

Storing a disposable camera or a digital camera in your glove compartment is helpful during an accident. Although most smartphones have a camera installed, it is uncertain you will have enough memory available. Thus having a disposable or digital camera can help you during an accident.

If you were recently in an auto accident and are wondering about compensation or legal options, our San Jose car accident attorneys at Solution Now Law Firm can help you. We have the experience to help you navigate the legal process and provide a solution.

Resources:

one.nhtsa.gov/links/sid/doom/HolidayPlanner/pages/YDDYLFactSheet.htm#:~:text=Since%201981%2C%20every%20President%20of,drivers%20and%20sober%20ride%20programs.

cdc.gov/injury/features/holiday-road-safety/index.html

crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812864

ga.elaws.us/law/section40-6-241

latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-holiday-season-deaths-20190103-story.html

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