The holiday season means many Florida residents are out and about more than usual. This increases the amount of traffic on the state’s roads and highways.
Over the holidays, you are likely spending time with friends and family at gatherings or celebrations, shopping, attending religious services or attending other activities that take you out onto the road more often.
Recognizing the potential for more car accidents during this time, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is encouraging residents to drive safely over the holidays.
Causes of holiday accidents
Common reasons for the high numbers of holiday accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Heavy traffic
Many holiday celebrations involve alcohol, which means more intoxicated drivers on the road. Daily routines and schedules are usually interrupted during this time as well, leaving drivers more fatigued than usual.
These factors, combined with an increase in traffic congestion, lead to drivers speeding or engaging in other negligent behavior.
Ways to stay safe
There are things you can do to reduce your risk of a holiday accident. Make sure your car is in good working condition and always wear your seat belt.
Drive sober. If you know you are going to be drinking alcohol somewhere, try to arrange a ride share or drive with someone who will not be drinking.
Make a conscious effort to follow all traffic laws, especially speeding. High speed is a factor in many car accidents.
Advocating for you after an accident
No matter how safe you drive, you could still be involved in a collision with a negligent driver.
A personal injury action for negligence can potentially result in compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering.
You will need to prove that the other driver was negligent. This can be complex and depends on the unique facts surrounding your accident. An experienced attorney can provide you with the guidance you need.