Summer! It’s the best time of year for many people. School is out, people are taking vacations, and it’s when many people change their routines and drive off to unfamiliar places on unfamiliar roads. Celebrations that include drinking are going on everywhere and it’s the perfect recipe for accidents.
This is why, indeed, more accidents happen on the three major summer holidays than any other holiday during the year. Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day are always the most dangerous. A recent CBS News article says, “Drivers and passengers, beware: You are four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a regular weekend.” Kind of makes you want to stay home and hide under the bed.
Nationwide, Memorial Day Holiday weekend has averaged 312 fatal accidents per year over the past several years, with 4th of July averaging 312 and Labor Day averaging 307. Florida, one of the top tourist destinations in the nation will no doubt have a substantial portion of the serious accidents again this year.
There is no need to be afraid, but there is a need to take common sense precautions so you don’t end up being a statistic. A lot of accidents over holiday involve alcohol, so just make up your mind now that you will not drink and drive nor will you tolerate anyone who does. Don’t get in the car with someone who has had even a little alcohol, and don’t let a friend or family member do it. You may be unpopular, or called a party pooper, but you also may save someone’s life.
As Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys since 1992, we see many victims of drunk driving accidents every year, and it is heartbreaking.
Also, many accidents happen late at night. If you’re traveling long distance please arrange your rest stops to begin when it gets dark. Book a hotel room and don’t push yourself past the point where you’re exhausted. Tired drivers tend to have slower reflexes and tired eyes don’t focus as quickly as fresh ones. Pull over and sleep!
Before you embark on a long drive have your car checked for the trip, paying special attention to headlights, seat belts, and tire pressure. Improperly inflated or worn tires are very dangerous and can cause a serious accident. Florida’s new texting and driving law goes into effect July 1st but we hope no one waits for that day to use good judgement and just never text and drive. Distracted driving is killing people all across the country and it simply cannot be condoned.
Fort Lauderdale Injury Attorneys
We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer, but if you are involved in an accident in Florida, we’re here to help. If you have questions please call us at (954) 356-0006 and you will speak directly with Mr. Gary Lazarus, a diligent and caring personal injury accident attorney for over 27 years in south Florida. All our consultations are completely confidential.