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Tips On Avoiding An Auto Accident This Holiday Season

Author : Jim Brown

Most people travelling this holiday season will do so by car. Even if you plan on staying in town for the holidays you will still be dealing with the extra traffic that comes to your hometown for the season. An increase in traffic means that there is a greater chance that you will be involved in a car accident. Some accidents are unavoidable, but focused driving and careful planning can help you increase your chances of avoiding an accident this holiday season.

Plan your route
If you are planning a long drive this is especially wise. But planning your route in advance doesn't just mean getting directions. Roads you are unfamiliar with can be full of hazards. These hazardous have the potential to be even more dangerous if you're tired from a long day of driving. There are websites (such as Trapster) that can help you identify dangerous or crowded intersections, speed traps, etc.

Look out for red light cameras
I say this not because I think you're planning on running red lights but rather because often when people notice an intersection with red light cameras they are more likely to brake suddenly rather than proceed through a yellow light. If you collide with one of these suddenly braking vehicles the accident could be deemed partially your fault.

Stay away from drunk drivers
I won't bother lecturing you, as you probably already know better. Although it is important to have a sober driver, it is equally important to have (or be) a driver capable of identifying and avoiding impaired drivers.

Bad weather is bad
I'm sure by now you're sick of hearing this but a lot of winter accidents are the result of poor road conditions or a driver's impaired vision. If the road and weather conditions are bad enough to make you think twice you should probably just stay home.

Avoid driving distracted and distracted drivers
Although you may consider yourself a good enough driver to not be distracted by cell phones, kids, your GPS system, etc, you should consider the other drivers on the road. How would you feel if they were driving with so many distractions? With increased traffic and irresponsible drivers it will be harder to juggle these distractions, even if you consider yourself capable on accomplishing this on a normal day? One thing is for sure, if your insurance company decides that you were distracted during an accident by something in your own vehicle, or that you were partially at fault, you will pay.

Clearly, not all accidents can be prevented. Some, however, are preventable, but if an accident is deemed even partially your fault, your insurance adjuster will try to reduce your recovery by as much as possible.

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Jim Brown is a personal injury attorney based in St. Louis, Missouri. He has written several publications, including a guide ror accidents in Missouri and Illinois. You can request a free copy of, I Survived! The Crash Victims Guide to Dealing with the Aftermath, to help you get through the post-accident period by going to his website at and clicking Contact Us.

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Tags:   St. Louis traffic, Missouri auto accident, holiday travel, Missouri Accident Guide

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