If driving after dark has always made you a little more nervous than driving in the daylight, you have good instincts. According to the National Safety Council, fatal collisions are three times more likely to occur at night.
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Motor vehicle collisions cost this country billions in medical bills and lost income annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, traffic fatalities cost the United States $44 billion in such damages in 2013.
Head-on collisions are one of the most devastating kinds of wrecks, and when they do not result in fatalities, they typically cause debilitating injuries. According to Science Daily, motorists can lessen the impact of head-on collisions by driving heavier vehicles; however, at the end of the day, the risk of serious injuries remains regardless of what kind of car or truck you may be driving.
Even if you have adequate auto insurance and decent health insurance coverage, recovering from injuries sustained in a serious accident can be costly. In addition to the direct costs associated with treating the injuries, such as ambulance fees and medical bills, there are indirect costs like lost wages, which can add up quickly.
In a perfect world, every driver would abide by all local traffic laws, and external factors like weather, road conditions, and mechanical failures would never impede motor vehicles. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect, and even the most experienced motorists can find themselves in a devastating collision.
Whether you prefer champagne toasts, eggnog with brandy, Tennessee whiskey or apple cider with scotch, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to indulge with friends and family this holiday season. Unfortunately, even if you make it a point to enjoy a few cocktails responsibly, you cannot rely on others to do the same.