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Holidays and Florida Highway Accidents

If you're planning to hit the road this holiday season, you're not alone. As you load up the car for a weekend trip to grandma's or just a quick drive across town, you will join millions of other people eager to spread holiday cheer.

Unfortunately, more cars on the road means more accidents-and probably a lot more than you think. As Florida car accident lawyers, we always see a rise in car accident injury claims over the holiday months.

However you plan to celebrate, we urge you to do so with safety in mind. Here are some sobering stats that will put Florida highway accidents over the holidays into perspective.

Almost 100 Million People on the Road

According to AAA, the holiday travel season means a sharp increase in the number of cars on the roads and highways. In fact, about 89.5 million vehicles hit the highways for road travel between November and January.

Low gas prices may explain why so many people opt to drive for holiday gatherings and parties. With the cost of airline tickets continuing to creep upward, many people find it more economical to jump in the car rather than head to the airport.

It's never fun to drive when the highways are congested, but there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being involved in a crash.

  • Don't drive distracted
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Take breaks if you get tired
  • Obey the speed limits

Florida Is a Prime Holiday Destination

Although many people associate the holidays with snow, jingle bells, and wassailing (okay, maybe not so much that last one), just as many use the holiday season to take a much-needed vacation from bad weather by visiting the Sunshine State.

In fact, the holiday season is a peak time for Walt Disney World, which hosts its annual Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party-a top draw for families and Mouse lovers from around the world.

All of this holiday cheer and sparkle means more highway traffic for Floridians, especially those in the Orlando area. Because out-of-state and foreign drivers are typically not familiar with the region, they are more likely to cause an accident. As you go about your normal drives this November and December, be mindful of tourists who may not always be driving as safely as they could.

People Leaving Florida to Visit Other States

Many people stream into Florida over the holidays, but there are also plenty of Floridians who decide to visit family and friends in other states during the holidays. The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) even takes special precautions to prepare for heavy outgoing traffic through November and December.

To stay safer as you travel, the Florida DOT recommends planning your route before you leave, as well as trying to leave as early as you can. For example, try to do your Thanksgiving traveling a few days in advance if you can, rather than driving the Wednesday before Turkey Day, as that is the heaviest travel day over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Call Today to Speak to an Experienced Florida Car Accident Lawyer

The Florida car accident lawyers at The Law Officers of Paul K. Schrier, PLLC wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. If you or a loved one is involved in any kind of car accident over the holidays, don't hesitate to get in touch with an experienced car accident attorney.

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