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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois car accident lawyer,Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and has traditionally been designated as the “official” kickoff for holiday shopping. So for the next four weeks, motorists can count on increased traffic, especially during the evening hours and weekends, as people take to the roads and head for the malls. However, with the increased amount of people on the roads, how does one stay safe from car crashes? Planning your shopping expedition can help decrease the risk of finding yourself handing over your insurance card to another driver instead of your credit card to a sales clerk.

The first thing you should do is make a list of what gifts you are planning to buy. Then look at the stores where you will be looking/purchasing these gifts. Try to plan your shopping trips by targeting stores that are close to each other, decreasing the number of trips you will have to make. Planning when to go shopping also helps. If you have a flexible schedule, the least crowded times are during the week in the morning hours.

Although there is much heavier traffic on the roads, one of the most common places for car accidents during the holiday season is in parking lots. It can be frustrated driving around a mall parking lot – full to capacity it seems – in search of that one empty parking space. Many drivers tend to take on an “every man for himself” mentality and may not follow the rules of the road, or common courtesy, in their search for a space.

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