The holidays are an overwhelming and stressful time for South Florida residents. Not only do tourists flock to our slice of paradise – Broward County welcomed 16 million tourists in 2016 and generated $14.2 billion in tourism revenue in 2015 – but locals are pushed to the side in favor of these snowbirds.
This doesn’t bode well for drivers. Cluttered with tourists, distracted drivers, inebriated drivers, and more, South Florida roads are a dangerous place to be over the holiday season. Road construction creates additional distractions and contributes to an already dangerous driving situation.
We have put together a guide to common causes of holiday traffic accidents. Take a look and don’t wait to contact our firm if you are in an automobile accident as you need an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and to make sure you are treated fairly. A car crash lawyer can help you avoid mistakes that hurt your chances to recover a fair amount of money as damages.
Tourists Unfamiliar with the Roads
Tourists are one of the most common causes of car accidents in South Florida. While we love the tourists, as they keep our taxes lower. However, the simple fact is that tourism increases over the holidays, when young and old alike come to Florida to celebrate with family or simply escape the cold of winter and this results in an increased in traffic crashed.
The roads in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties can be confusing for someone not accustomed to driving here. Add this to the increase in drivers and you have a recipe for disaster.
It is important to act immediately if you need a car accident lawyer because of a tourist over the holidays. A snowbird may leave the state before you have started to pursue legal action.
Drinking and Driving
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is another contributing factor to holiday accidents. Substances significantly decrease drivers’ response times and may also make them more likely to engage in aggressive or unsafe driving.
To avoid inebriated drivers, you will want to limit your night trips. You will also want to avoid areas known for their nightlife, like South Beach and Las Olas. It also pays to stay alert at all times and practice defensive driving. It is also important to make sure that you have uninsured motorist coverage as the road are filled with driver’s who do not have liability insurance. If you have questions about what that insurance is, or why you need it, feel free to call out office to discuss your insurance needs prior to an accident.
Taxi and Ridesharing App Drivers
Uber and Lyft have fundamentally changed the way people travel. That does not mean those who drive for these companies always practice proper road safety. However, these drivers are often out of their own area and use navigation devices to find their way. These devices are distracting and result in the driver’s attention being diverted from the roadway which can lead to traffic crashes and injuries.
It is also important to remember to wear your seatbelt even when in a taxi or an Uber. Just because you’re not driving, we’re not in a friend’s car, will doesn’t mean that you should let your guard down and failed to put on the seatbelt. This could be the difference between a minor injury and a significant injury.
While the exact number of accidents as a result of ridesharing services is difficult to determine, it is safe to say that the roads are less safe. Following this line of thought, it makes sense that ridesharing accidents during the holidays have increased as well.
Do not wait to take action when you need an Uber accident attorney over the holidays. Hesitation may decrease the chance of a settlement in your favor.
Distracted drivers in South Florida are a problem over the course of the entire year. This problem, and the likelihood of an accident being caused by a distracted driver, becomes worse over the holidays. This is due to both the increasingly congested roads as well as the potential for drivers being under the influence.
To help protect yourself against distracted drivers, you will want to pay close attention to others on the road. Change lanes immediately if you see a driver swerving due to cellphone use. You may also want to avoid highways and busy roads in favor of a slightly longer, but much safer, route.
Contact the Dawson Law Firm today if you have been involved in a holiday car accident. Our team of experienced and aggressive attorneys will fight to make sure you are taken care of. We want you to receive the compensation you deserve.