All year long, Las Vegas roads become crowded with workers, tourists, and more just trying to get to their destination. Unfortunately, numerous hazards can put all patrons in the area in harm’s way. Around the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, though, these dangers can worsen.
While 2020 has looked a lot different throughout our city, countless people still flock to the strip for adventure and excitement. You should know the dangers around the holiday season so you’re aware of what to look for on the road.
Increase in the Number of Visitors
Many people like to spend their holidays in Las Vegas, leading to an increase in traffic. With more vehicles on the road in Las Vegas, there are more chances for negligence, such as speeding, frequent and erratic braking, distractions, and more. Visitors may also not know where they’re going and rely on their GPS, which could result in distracted driving crashes.
More Drunk Drivers on the Road
The holidays are a time for celebration, but some people take this a step too far. Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of crashes on the road. Around the holidays, the number of crashes involving intoxication increases. Between 2012 and 2016, an average of 300 individuals died nationally during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, with alcohol-impairment making up 25% of those traffic fatalities.
More Rideshares and More Distractions
Rideshare drivers often take advantage of the increased tourism in Las Vegas during the holiday season. Unfortunately, rideshare drivers spend between 40-60% of their time distracted. They look to their smartphones to accept new rides, scan for passengers, and look at their GPS to determine where they’re going.
Rideshare drivers may also stop unexpectedly or make illegal U-turns; both of these actions can cause collisions.
The above hazards are just a few of the issues you may encounter on the road. If you suffer harm because of someone else’s negligence, our Las Vegas car accident attorneys at Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith are committed to helping you pursue the outcome you need to move forward with your life.
We’ll fight for your rights, protecting you from large insurance companies who would rather save money instead of helping policyholders and injured parties. We’ll be your voice every step of the way.
Call our legal team today at (702) 505-8115 to get started with your free case review.