Another spike in the number of people traveling on Georgia’s roads will take place over the upcoming week or two as people across the country from all sorts of backgrounds and faiths prepare to get together with families and celebrate Christmas.
According to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, the number of motorists on the road this year will be high, the highest since the organization began tracking the statistic in 2001. The 102 million people the AAA expects to be on the road this year will be 4.4 percent higher than it was last year. Overall, the AAA is expecting 1 out of 3 Americans to go somewhere else for the holidays.
In fairness, it should be pointed out that because of where Christmas and New Year’s Day fall in the week, the traveling season is slightly longer this year.
What this means is that there are going to be more traffic delays. In particular, experts are expecting the area in and around Atlanta, which is the closest major city to Rome, Georgia, will experience significant traffic congestion due to the holiday traffic, with travel taking four times as long on some stretches of the roads.
Motorists in and around the area are therefore going to need to be careful and exercise patience. Particularly when one is in a hurry to get to a holiday destination, it can be very tempting to speed or make risky or even downright careless moves while out on the road. If a driver causes a motor vehicle accident due to this sort of carelessness, he or she can be held financially and legally accountable for any injuries that result.