As residents of Southern California, most of us are well aware of how crazy the holiday season can be, especially on our busy roads. Traffic will be much heavier with everyone traveling to visit family and friends. With more cars on the road, there is a higher chance you could be involved in an auto accident. Rainy weather conditions are forecasted for this Thanksgiving week, so it is important to remember to drive patiently and travel with caution.

If you are involved in an accident, call 911 and get medical treatment immediately. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is important to call an attorney, for if you are not at fault you can and should have a claim. Be mindful that insurance companies will aggressively fight to pay as little as possible; do not talk with the insurance companies or do a recorded statement without an attorney on your side to fight for you! At Rawlins Law, there are no out of pocket costs or upfront expenses. We will be with you every step of the way and fight to get you the settlement you deserve.

One of the most common causes of car accidents during the holidays is drunk driving. Drivers are traveling after attending holiday celebrations and may think they are decent enough to drive after a long day or evening of drinking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the ages of 21 to 24 have the highest level of involvement in alcohol-related accidents. To avoid adding more danger to the road, it is safest to designate a sober driver before participating in alcohol-related activities and to make sure that your loved ones have a safe way to travel home.

Another cause of auto collisions over the holidays is from drivers who are sleep-deprived. The holidays are a busy season with shopping, cooking, and visiting with family and friends- it’s natural for us to feel tired from all the holiday fun! It’s important to remember, however, that driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Getting a good night’s sleep before travel will help to make sure you are alert behind the wheel.

Accidents happen. If you or someone you love is involved in an accident this holiday season, Rawlins Law is ready to help! Call us right away for a free case evaluation at 858-257-8778. it doesn’t hurt to speak with Rawlins Law to know your rights and if you have a potential case. Let us help you with medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and all the paperwork and phone calls that the insurance companies drown you in- cumbersome things that no one has time for during this busy holiday season.

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