The added dangers of driving during the holiday season

Texting and driving is never a smart idea; studies have shown that viewing a text message while driving is roughly the equivalent of driving the length of a football field with a blindfold on – and that is during periods of average traffic. During the holiday season, when the number of vehicles on the road increases sharply, texting and other types of distracted driving can cause a significantly greater risk of accidents.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the number of traffic accidents that occur is about four times the daily average in the U.S.  As noted, part of that increase is due to the greater number of cars on the highway as many travelers are on their way to visit family and friends, while others take to the highways to attend the wide variety of special events and parties that take place from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. More cars mean more opportunities for collisions, both because of the overcrowding of roads and the increased likelihood that more drivers with poor driving habits will be out and about. What’s more, crowded Florida roadways can increase tension among drivers which can lead to dangerously aggressive driving.
In addition to crowded roads, holidays and the parties that accompany them can also result in an increase in the number of drunk drivers. Office parties, family gatherings and other activities, combined with a general air of festive celebration, often results in overindulgence and a general lack of common sense. That translates into a lot of people driving cars who should be taking taxis.
You can help limit some of the risk by avoiding driving during peak times like weekends and evenings during prime shopping season, traveling early in the day and staying off the roads late at night when parties and other celebrations are more likely to be ending. But no matter how safe you are when you get behind the wheel, many accidents still occur as a result of another person’s negligence.
When an accident does occur, having a lawyer who understands your rights and how to protect them is critical to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve for medical costs and other accident-related expenses. The holidays are hectic enough; if you’ve been involved in an accident, turn to an experienced attorney who can handle your case with skill and expertise.
At the Baird Law Group, we want to make sure your holidays are safe and happy. To learn more about how our Tampa firm helps accident victims protect their rights, contact us today at 813-849-2679 or visit our website at www.bairdlawgroup.com.