Holiday TravelAuthor: Portner & Shure
Highest Holiday Travel Volume in Maryland since 2001
During the holiday window of December 23rd to January 4th, more than 2.1 million Marylanders will travel for the holidays, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. This is almost a 5% increase over last year’s holiday period. The nation as a whole is projecting over 98 million Americans to travel this year for the holidays. The main reasons for the increase can be attributed to significantly lower gas prices compared to previous years, stronger consumer confidence, and a “longer holiday window.”
Of the 2.1 million Marylanders, 1.9 million will be driving, which is also an increase compared to last year. Drivers must be careful when driving, especially with the predicted heavy traffic of cars on the road and the threat of a storm for the Eastern half of the country around the Christmas time period. Maryland drivers need to remember to drive safely and cautiously whether roads become wet from rain, ice, or snow. Distracted drivers are just as dangerous, so avoid texting and driving. Accidents are never a good thing, especially during the holidays when everyone is trying to get to their destination to spend time with family.
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being in an accident, here are three things you should know:
1. Do Not Speak
It is important to understand that when the insurance company calls to speak with you, they are working to reduce their exposure. This means that the information that you give them is information that can be used against you. As a lay person, you may not realize what kind of information is harmful or helpful to your case. Because of this, it is essential that you find the help of an experienced Maryland automobile accident attorney who can advise you.
Furthermore, a car accident lawyer can speak to the insurance company for you so that you will not make the mistake of revealing too much information. Not speaking to the insurance company is especially important for those who do not speak English fluently or speak English as a second language. The insurance company may take advantage of the language barrier to obtain the information they can use against you.
2. Focus on Treatment
When you are treating for your injuries, you must listen to the advice of your doctor. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or stop treatment before your doctor advises you to discontinue treatment. Some clients make the mistake of ending their treatment process early and later discover that they are not fully recovered. By this time, it may be too late for those clients to make a claim for the treatment they subsequently receive. Do not make this mistake and risk your claim. Instead, listen to the advice of your doctor.
3. Do Not Rush
The settlement process takes time. Our experienced Maryland car accident attorneys are skilled in negotiation. Oftentimes, this includes waiting out the insurance company to obtain the top offer. Because of this, it is important for clients to be patient and allow the attorney to obtain the most for your claim.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an automobile accident, truck, bus or motorcycle accident, and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on car accidents please feel free to contact our office at (855) 954-4141.