Congested Road Hazards During The Holidays
The joy and excitement of the holiday season and the prospect of having out-of-town visitors can be exciting. However, out-of-towners can face traffic hazards such as congested roads. Knowing the hazards and providing alternatives can make the holiday season safer for you and your guests.
Hazards Faced by Out-of-Town Guests
There are many hazards faced by out-of-town guests such as driving on unfamiliar or congested roads, driving fatigued after a long trip, and unfamiliar driving weather. Some of these factors such as driving on roads they are not acquainted with and weather they do not usually experience are not within their control as drivers. Holidays also give way to drunk drivers, which makes the already hazardous roads more dangerous.
Familiarize your guests with local roads by going over routes with a map or drive them along roads to show them the scenery while making routes familiar and less hazardous. Warning your guests about weather conditions will give them time to choose a suitable vehicle or research other transportation options. Other options could be rideshare services such as Lyft or Uber, and public transportation. For guests who choose to use rental cars during their stay, having up-to-date vehicle insurance is essential. Don’t loan your vehicle because guests may not have appropriate insurance and an accident may give you liabilities. Guests should know state driving laws in your state and the penalties for breaking these laws.
Liabilities for out-of-town guests can result from not being familiar with local laws, weather, and road conditions. It is essential that guests familiarize themselves with local laws and the state of the roads. Your liabilities as a host can result from lending guests your vehicle without knowing their driving history or insurance status. An accident that involves your vehicle could make you liable. Liabilities can result from intoxicated or other careless driving such as texting. An experienced Texas accident attorney who specializes in vehicular lawsuits can be useful in the event of a lawsuit to help you or your guests understand the legal implications.