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How Could Holiday Travel Put You at Higher Risk for a Drowsy Driving Accident?

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Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated there to be 97.4 million road trips across the United States between December 23 and January 1. Though the sheer increase in drivers could cause a spike in traffic accidents, there could also be an increase in drowsy driving accidents due to a few reasons.  Avoiding traffic congestion. Many holiday travelers try to avoid traffic congestion by driving early in the morning or late at night. According to AAA, last year, the worst time to be on the road for traffic congestion was late afternoon to early evening. However, when people drive during hours when their bodies are usually asleep, there could be an increased chance for drowsy driving. Sometimes, people cannot control when they fall asleep. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that many drowsy driving accidents occur between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.  Traveling after work. Christmas Eve…
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5 Reasons Driving During the Thanksgiving Holiday Is Dangerous

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Last year, according to Louisiana’s Highway Safety Research Group (HSRG), there were 564 traffic crashes on Louisiana roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The holiday period began at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve and went through midnight of the following Monday. Out of those traffic crashes, nearly 11 percent were in Calcasieu and Lafayette Parish. These numbers do not reflect commercial vehicle crashes. Why are the roads so dangerous during this time of year? Reason #1: Traffic Congestion With millions of people on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday, there is more traffic congestion. An increase in traffic could cause a higher risk for accidents. In addition, many people traveling during Thanksgiving will be driving on unfamiliar roads. Traffic congestion along with unsafe driving behaviors such as distracted driving or aggressive driving could cause more traffic accidents. Reason #2: Speeding Thanksgiving is on a week day. Many people have to…
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Understanding How Drug-Impaired Driving Leads to Car Accidents

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Federal and state officials have educated the American public on the dangers of drunk driving for years. However, the subject of drug-impaired driving doesn’t always receive the same attention. Prescription drugs, certain over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs can cause impairment while driving, either alone, combined or with alcohol. According to a survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of drivers that were surveyed had tested positive for drugs for while on the road. How Can Drugged Driving Lead to a Car Accident? After states have recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the drug is now the most frequently detected substance in a driver’s system after alcohol. In NHTSA’s Crash Risk Study, researchers determined whether marijuana use by drivers is connected to a larger risk of car accidents. The survey concluded that marijuana users are more likely to be involved in a crash, but this…
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