That is what local officers are worried about. In a recent news interview, Kentucky enforcement officers stated that they are planning to be “out in force” over the holidays because they are concerned that there will be a surge of drivers this holiday season. They are not alone. Experts with AAA also state that roads throughout the country will likely experience an uptick in traffic this year as their projects show holiday travel will bounce back this year compared to last.
Kentucky enforcement officers state the main concerns during the next six weeks include drunk driving and distractions. Officers explained that drunk driving accidents during the holidays do not just happen at night, but that they have seen these tragic and avoidable accidents during the morning and lunchtime hours as well.
The officers also explain that smartphone use is another common problem. They shared stories of drivers getting on the highway, setting their cruise control to 70 or more miles per hour and pulling up their favorite movies or television shows on their phones. They state they have seen drivers rest their phones on their dashboard and watch their shows and movies while cruising down the highway. A change in traffic patterns could quickly mean this distracted driver causes a catastrophic car crash.
What should I do if I am involved in a serious car crash over the holidays?
Tragic car accidents are not uncommon. As of November, Kentucky officials report there have already been almost 700 fatalities due to car accidents in the state. Those who are involved in car accidents that result in the fatality of a loved one or serious injuries and believe the other driver was negligent or reckless can likely hold that other driver responsible for the accident through a civil lawsuit. This can lead to funds to help cover the costs that result from the accident — costs like emergency care, medical expenses, rehabilitative costs, lost wages, future medical care and even replacement of the vehicle.