Holiday travel is already under way with Chanukah commencing this Tuesday
the 16th, and roughly ten days left until Christmas comes. And of course
Kwanza begins on the 26th this year. This means that from now until the
first day of 2015, people will be traveling to see friends and family
with hopes of happy celebrations. Also do not forget that many colleges
and universities are now closed or will be closing for their winter break,
so many students are already traveling home to rest their minds for the
next several weeks.
Experienced Kingston car accident attorneys know that travelers will use planes, trains, buses, and cars to get back
and forth from their destinations. With that said, the majority of holiday
travelers will use automobiles to get to their loved ones for the holidays.
Any number of things can contribute to an
automobile accident occurrence; it could be the weather, traffic congestion, driver inexperience,
and or an act of negligence. Common negligent acts that cause holiday
car accidents are speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and
or drugs, failing to obey traffic signs and traffic devices, driving drowsy,
falling asleep at the wheel, texting and or talking on a phone while driving
just to name a few.
experienced car accident attorneys also know that the most roadway fatalities occur during the holiday seasons.
Due to this and the above, readers should do all that can be done to stay
safe while traveling on Kingston, New York roadways this holiday.
Motorists should always follow the rules of the road. This is the best
way to stay safe. While one cannot control the behavior of others, one
can certainly control one’s self. Safety begins right here. Even
though readers cannot control others, motorists can practice other safety
procedures to stay safe. If you haven’t taken a defensive driving
course, do so now. Many tips are learned that can help you avoid a collision with a
As we mentioned above, the vast majority of travelers this holiday season
will travel via automobile. But there is a sub category here that can
cause more harm than the typical car. This is the common taxi. Taxis will
shuttle holiday travelers to and fro during the silly season. You should
know that taxi cab accidents have a higher percentage of fatalities as
compared to accidents that occur between non livery vehicles. You should
also know that over eighty percent of injured taxi cab passengers were
not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
The taxi cab driver and the taxi cab company can be held liable for your
injuries if the cabbie negligently caused and or contributed to the car
accident in which you or a loved one was injured.
What happens if you were traveling on a bus that got into an accident?
The answer is it depends upon who negligently contributed to the accident.
If the driver was negligent, than he or she can be held liable for your
injuries. But of course the bus company can be held liable too because
the negligent acts of an employee can be imputed to the employer. If the
driver was not negligent, the bus company can still be liable if that
entity was the source of negligence; for example, if the bus company did
not properly maintain the bus which resulted in the
motor vehicle accident.
Since many of our readers and the residents of Kingston, New York may use
train travel during the holiday season, we would be remiss to leave out
a quick discussion of train accidents and liability. Train accidents occur
in many ways; railway crossing accidents, derailments, train versus train
collisions, and train versus car collisions just to name a few. It does
not matter much if the train that caused someone’s injury is government
owned or privately owned. If negligence caused the accident, the parties
injured can sue for compensation.
Learn about winter travel accidents, liability, risks, and issues
in our article available here. Find out about taxi accidents during the holidays in
our blog post here. Learn about the dangers of train accidents in
our blog post available here. Winter bus accidents during holiday travel can also be very dangerous,
so learn more about liability and what to do in
our blog post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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