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Avoiding Holiday Travel Accidents in Florida

11/11/2021
Car Accidents
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The holidays are already upon us, whether we’re ready or not. Whether you are someone who looks forward to “the most wonderful time of the year,” or you are simply terrified, it’s important to try everything you can to stay safe. The holidays are filled with the three ‘F’s: Fun, Food, and
Football, but also comes with inherent dangers. Driving during the holidays is especially dangerous. Sadly, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest travel days of the year. With millions of Americans taking to the nation’s busy highways every holiday season, it is no wonder accidents are common.

If you’re injured while traveling during the holidays, let a Florida auto accident attorney at Searcy Denney help. We’ll handle your insurance and legal claims and make sure you don’t miss any deadlines.

Safety Tips for Holiday Driving

Despite COVID-19, holiday traffic is expected to be robust. A few safety tips go a long way.

  • Drunk Driving. Driving under the influence continues to be a leading cause of accidents and fatalities during the holiday season, despite the heroic marketing efforts. Don’t do it. Have a sober relative or friend drive, or call a ride-sharing service.
  • Distracted Driving. Distracted driving also continues to be a primary problem when it comes to accidents, particularly during the holiday season when folks are texting, staring at their GPS, or making plans to meet with friends. 
  • Speeding. You’ve heard the old saying: speed kills. Speeding is still one of the top causes of accidents nationwide, especially fatal accidents. Slow down to the speed limit or slower when the weather is bad, and watch out for other drivers.
  • Drowsy or fatigued driving. Drowsy driving is just like driving while distracted or intoxicated. Reaction times are slower, and accidents happen. Thousands of crashes each year are caused by drowsy driving. Get a good night’s sleep, avoid alcohol even when stopped, and pull over if you feel your eyes slowly closing. 
  • Nighttime driving. Like drowsy driving, but worse. More fatal accidents occur at night than at any other period of the day. Vision is impaired, particularly for elderly drivers aged 50 and older. 
  • Road conditions and weather. We all have to deal with driving in bad weather. Just slow down, leave plenty of space, and pay particular attention. During the holidays, check the weather before leaving for your trip and plan accordingly.

Be Especially Careful When Driving During the Holidays

Following the simple tips above drastically increases your chances for a safe, fun, holiday season. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury during the holidays, contact a Florida auto accident attorney at Searcy Denney to schedule your free consultation. We’ll handle your insurance and legal claims so you can enjoy the holidays.

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