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Dangerous Driving During the Holiday Season

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Peter J. Gregory
Dec 5, 2020
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As we begin the holiday season, more people taking to the roadways to shop for gifts, prepare meals and visit loved ones.  Even during the COVD-19 pandemic, many will travel for holiday celebrations and small gatherings, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Traditionally, Christmas is one of the most dangerous days to be on the road, with most car accidents occurring between the afternoon of Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas Day when many employers give workers time off, regardless of religious affiliation. With increased travel, it is important for all drivers to navigate their vehicles in a safe manner. 

Failing to take proper safety steps could result in serious injury or death to both drivers and passengers. As holiday parties regularly involve alcohol, it is important to be wary of drunk drivers or those who may be distracted while behind the wheel. In order to increase safety on New York roadways, the state has enacted significant penalties for drunk or distracted drivers. More recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law requiring seat belts for all backseat passengers, including adults. This is in addition to existing rules for children, requiring them to be properly restrained while riding in a car.

Although safety laws help protect drivers, they do not prevent all accidents.  If you are seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. Doing so sends a message to the other driver and helps to reduce the financial impact the incident has on you. 

If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, please contact us to learn more.

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About the author:  Peter J. Gregory is a partner with the firm.   He is a trial lawyer with extensive experience resolving disputes in state and federal trial courts.  His personal injury practice focusses on advising clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in accidents caused by the carelessness or recklessness of others.  Please feel free to contact him directly at or (585) 512-3506.

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McConville Considine Cooman & Morin, P.C. is a full-service law firm based in Rochester, New York, providing high-quality legal services to businesses and individuals since 1979.  With over a dozen attorneys and a full paralegal support staff, the firm is well-positioned to right-size services tailored to each client. We are large enough to provide expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to devote prompt, personal attention to our clients.

We represent a diverse range of clients located throughout New York State and New England.  They include individuals, numerous manufacturing and service industry businesses, local governments, and health care professionals, provider groups, facilities and associations. We also serve as local counsel to out-of-state clients and their attorneys who have litigation pending in Western New York courts.  For more information, please contact us at 585.546.2500.