Whether you love the holidays or not, they are an annual fact of life that comes with a host of activities: holiday parties, gift shopping, and the dreaded holiday travel. Driving, flying, or otherwise, traveling during the holidays can be the most stressful part. Whether close to home or far away, many people have a chance to travel for the holidays. Of those who traveled, millions in Florida and away chose to drive to their various holiday activities. Even without the additional travelers on Florida roads that we had during the holidays, driving is dangerous. Whether it is an accident between two motorists or between a motorist and a commercial semi-truck, motor vehicle accidents can be devastating. With as many extra motorists as there were on the road during the holiday season, that danger increases substantially. The number of accidents that occur over the holidays spikes, leading to hospitalizations, insurance claims, and legal proceedings. Hopefully, you and your loved ones traveled this holiday season safely.
Automobile Accident Attorneys In Florida
If you or someone you know was involved in an automobile accident over the busy holiday rush, it could be challenging to know where to start and what to do next. You have to go through complicated legal proceedings to receive the compensation you need and deserve resulting from an accident. Navigating those legal proceedings can be difficult to do on your own. When you enter the legal arena, it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. The attorneys at Koberlein Law Offices have over 70 years of combined experience helping automobile accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. The attorneys at Koberlein Law Offices understand the legal process and will fight to achieve the best result for you. For more information or to schedule your initial case consultation, give us a call or visit us at our website, www.klo-attorneys.com.
Less Of A Sleigh Ride, More Of A Suburban
Although many people who travel during holiday seasons choose to fly, this recent year, it seems that there were a lot of drivers on the road. According to a AAA forecast, almost 5.9 million Floridians were expected to be traveling back to Florida for the holidays. Of that 5.9 million, about 91% of those travelers will be doing so by car. Mark Jenkins, the CEO of AAA, anticipated that an additional 1.2 million people would be on the road this year for the holidays. As a result, Floridians may have had to expect extra driving time delays in metro areas as well as shortages of rental cars. Jenkins suggested that if you were going to be traveling by car, the best days to be on the road are Christmas and New Year’s Day when the roads are less congested. However, travel on these particular days is not always possible depending on holiday plans. If you found yourself traveling on the days before or after these major holidays, it’s very likely that you were sharing the road with more motorists than usual.
More Accidents And Fatalities Over The Holidays
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, provided estimates of traffic crash fatalities for four holidays in 2019. The information that they used spans from 1982 until 2018. Using those statistics, the NHTSA provided an estimate for the major holidays regarding deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents. Using the historical data from 1982 to 2018, the NHTSA estimated total deaths from traffic crashes to be:
- 594 for the Fourth of July (Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 8, 2019, at 5:59 a.m.),
- 448 for Labor Day (Friday, August 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. to Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 5:59 a.m.),
- 454 for Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 6 p.m. to Monday, December 2, 2019, at 5:59 a.m.),
- 799 from Christmas to New Year’s Day (Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 6 p.m. to Thursday, January 2, 2020, at 5:59 a.m.).
So, why does the estimate show more accidents over the holidays? Well, the answer isn’t so simple. Several different factors contribute to the increase in accidents and fatalities during the holiday season. Specifically, the estimate report does not provide one specific reason for the rise in accidents and deaths. However, they do suggest that increased travel time, more alcohol use, and excessive driving speeds may contribute. While not explicitly included in the report, far more people are certainly on the road during these periods. Statistically, the more traffic there is, the higher the chance of crashes.
What Can I Do To Protect Myself On The Road?
If you want to avoid or prevent accidents on the road, it’s best to follow the rules of the road and proceed with extra caution during times of heavy traffic or bad weather. Remember to keep your attention on the road and your surroundings, follow road signs and speed limits, and drive for the conditions. From all of us at Koberlein Law Offices, safe travels, whatever time of the year!
Florida Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it can be challenging to know where to start. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who handles motor vehicle accident cases can help you consider your legal options, including how to get compensation from those who caused your injuries, damages, or losses. Koberlein Law Offices motor vehicle accident attorneys are focused on helping injured victims recover compensation and get justice. We will carefully evaluate your circumstances and advise you on the best way to proceed. Get in touch with a helpful Koberlein Law Offices lawyer for a free consultation by calling us toll-free at 877.556.2889 or contacting us online.