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Chances of a D.C. car accident may be more likely during holidays

The busy rushing and hustle bustle of the holidays can lead to more than just increased stress; reports indicate it leads to an increase in motor vehicle accidents as well. A car accident, especially one resulting in significant injury, is the last thing Washington, D.C. residents need during the holiday season. However, with increased traffic during the month of December, crashes are unfortunately more likely.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collision claims surge 20 percent during December. Experts say this could result from a number of factors, with distracted driving being among them. If a driver's attention leaves the road even briefly to take a phone call, send a text message or even turn to children in the back seat, it could have disastrous consequences if it results in a car accident.

While many individuals may drive defensively on the roads, they forget that parking lots are not necessarily safe, especially with the extra distraction and hurry that seems to come with the holiday season. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) reports that more than 60,000 people are injured in parking lot accidents every year. Parking lots can be dangerous in terms of both motor vehicle collisions and pedestrian accidents.

If a resident of Washington, D.C. is the victim of a car accident, he or she might benefit from contacting an experienced personal injury attorney. Whether the accident is the result of someone driving under the influence, negligence or simply holiday distraction, an attorney with knowledge of similar cases can advise injured victims of their legal rights. A successfully presented case could result in monetary damages that can be used toward expenses such as medical costs, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Source: consumeraffairs.com, "Auto insurance claims tend to rise during the holidays", Mark Huffman, Dec. 7, 2016

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