As Memorial Day approaches, people will be heading to and from our great Florida cities with their families and friends for a weekend getaway. Whether it’s a trip to Disneyworld in Orlando or a day at the beach in Miami, many of us will be on the road, which means a greater risk for auto accidents, especially with drivers behind the wheel after having a drink or two at that weekend barbecue.
Holiday travel in on the Florida roads can be hectic enough with all the traffic, but an auto accident can be a big speed bump on the road to your long weekend. According to a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report, there were 22 fatalities due to car crashes on Memorial Day Weekend in 2009. That same year, May was the 2nd highest month for total crashes, with 20,688.
We want you to have a safe and fun-filled weekend, so here are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe when you’re on the road:
• Try to avoid driving during the busy, gridlocked times of the weekend (i.e. Friday after work) when everyone will be heading out for vacation • Always put your seatbelt on before driving, and be sure that your children are buckled up • Do not text while driving, as distracted driving can also lead to an auto accident • If you’re on the highway or turnpike, remember that a lot of people will be on the road as well, so keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you • Obey all traffic laws, speed zones and proceed with caution in areas of the road with heavy construction • Avoid driving late at night, when drunk drivers are more likely to be out on the road
• If you decide to drink, do so responsibly and do not drive
The Florida Highway Patrol also has helpful tips to help make your holiday travels easier and safer. If you are involved in an auto accident this weekend, be sure that you know what to do and consult with a Florida auto accident attorney Florida auto accident attorney to handle your case. Stay safe and have a great Memorial Day weekend!