The holiday season is here, and while it may look different than in years past, people in Lake Norman area may still find themselves driving more than usual, as they do their shopping and attend small celebrations. However, the winter holidays present an increase risk to drivers in Lake Norman compared to other times of the year.
Risk 1: drunk driving
It is not unusual to have a drink or two at a holiday celebration. But when one or two becomes four or more, a person can easily become too intoxicated to drive. Not only is drunk driving illegal, but if a drunk driver causes a car crash that injures or kills another person, the drunk driver may be held liable in civil court through a personal injury lawsuit.
Risk 2: distracted driving
Did you know that taking your eyes off the road for a mere five seconds to read or send a text message at 55 mph, it is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed? It can be hard to ignore a ringing cell phone or the ding of a text message but understand that doing so breaches a driver’s duty of care. If a distracted driver causes a car crash, the injured parties may be able to pursue compensation.
Risk 3: reckless driving in bad weather
Even in the Lake Norman area winter weather can strike, making roads slick and visibility limited. Failing to drive with due care in poor weather conditions can easily lead to a car crash. This may mean you have to drive below the posted speed limit or keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. Unsafe driving practices such as speeding or tailgating in poor weather can easily lead to a serious or even deadly car crash.
Do not take risks this holiday driving season
Whether you plan on only making short excursions this holiday season or whether you are planning a lengthier trip, keep in mind the risks that are present on winter roads in Lake Norman. If you are in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may want to determine what your options are for seeking compensation, including the possibility of pursuing a legal claim against the responsible party.