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Even after Christmas, drivers must be vigilant

Now that Christmas has come and gone, the second half of the holiday season will begin. This means that retailers will be just as vigilant in collecting money in returns and secondary purchases. With shopping centers slightly busier than they were in the final days before Christmas, it is expected that drivers will continue to be aggressive and ornery.

This combustible combination can be a recipe for disaster for unsuspecting drivers. After all, a driver distracted by the frustration of heavy traffic and discourteous drivers may leave them vulnerable to an accident. Even though a majority of crashes occur in the days leading up to Christmas, drivers must still be ready for the worst.

This is especially important in mall parking lots. While there are no hard numbers on fender bender crashes in these venues (because they are often unreported) they can have real physical and legal implications. Drivers can suffer neck and back injuries in low-speed collisions, and drivers who cause such accidents could be held liable.

Essentially, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while driving. If they fail to use such care (either by texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, or driving drunk) and these actions lead to a crash, the offending driver could be held responsible for the accident. This means that injured parties could seek compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as lost wages.

In the meantime, we hope the holiday season continues in providing happiness and perspective when people get behind the wheel.

Source: WashingtonPost.com, "For drivers around Christmastime, it's not exactly tidings of comfort and joy," Ashley Halsey III, December 2, 2013

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