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Sunday, December 6, 2015
Holiday Travel: Putting Drivers at an Increased Risk of Injury
winter holiday season right around the corner, many of us are planning trips to
see friends and family elsewhere in the state or even across the country. According
to the Bureau
Travel Statistics,1 91 percent of long-distance holiday travel
is accomplished using a personal vehicle, like a car, leading to an increase of
traffic on the road. In fact, the agency reports that the number of
long-distance trips taken in the number of long-distance trips taken during the
6-day Thanksgiving holiday increased by 54 percent.
there are more people on the roadways, there is an increased risk of
involvement in an accident. Fortunately for accident victims, people who are
injured in accidents that are caused by the negligence of others are often
legally entitled to compensation under Florida law. Consequently, anyone
involved in an accident should talk to an experienced lawyer immediately.
Common causes of holiday travel crashes
that occur during holiday travel can occur for a number of reasons. Some of the
most common are detailed below.
weather conditions – The winter months often bring adverse weather
conditions such as snow, ice, hail, sleet and extreme cold. When people travel
by car during the holiday season, they often encounter poor weather along the
way. This can be particularly dangerous, particularly when people who are
unfamiliar with driving in winter weather are driving in a storm or in snowy or
consistently indicate that driver error is the most common cause of car
accidents. The kinds of errors that have the potential to cause serious
accidents during the holiday travel season include speeding, failing to yield,
failure to signal lane changes, and not observing traffic signals.
vehicle maintenance –Vehicle maintenance plays a significant role in
roadway safety, and failure to properly maintain a vehicle may rise to the
level of legal negligence. Common examples of the kinds of maintenance issues that
could potentially lead to a holiday travel accident include the failure to
check brakes, windshield wipers, headlights, or tire pressure prior to a road
and driving – The holiday season often involves parties and other gatherings
that involve the consumption of alcohol. For this reason, there are often more
drunk drivers on the road during the holidays than there are at other times of
year. Drunk drivers can often cause serious accidents that can have leave
victims with severe injuries.
What should you do if you are involved in a
holiday travel auto accident?
While a car
accident around the holidays can be disruptive, confusing, and leave you
confused about what to do next. Unfortunately, the things
that car accident victims say and do immediately after an accident can have a direct impact on
whether you will be able to recover for your losses. Some of the steps that
people involved in car accidents should take include the following:
·Call 911 and make sure that law enforcement
generates a report detailing the way in which the accident occurred.
·Undergo a thorough medical evaluation to ensure
that your injuries are identified, treated, and properly documented.
·Collect information about the accident,
including the names of the other drivers involved in the accident, the weather
conditions at the time of the crash, any road hazards that you believe may have
contributed to the accident, and contact information for any onlookers that may
have witnessed the accident take place.
Contact a Clearwater personal injury law firm today to schedule a free case
should be a time for friends and family, not hospitals and rehabilitative care.
When people are injured in accidents while travelling from city to city, they
are often entitled to substantial compensation. The lawyers of the Dolman Law
Group are skilled Clearwater personal injury attorneys who are dedicated to
helping people who have been hurt by the negligence of others recover for their
losses. To schedule a free case
evaluation with one of our lawyers, please call our office today at 727-451-6900.
Individuals who are seeking legal representation can also send us an email
by utilizing our online contact form available here.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756