Thanksgiving Auto Accident Stats in Florida: What You Need to Know
There is no doubt about it. Come Thanksgiving week there will be hundreds of more cars on the road than a typical week. People coming in and out of Florida to visit with family and friends means crowded highways, busier side streets, and of course, a higher risk for accidents.
If you plan on driving anywhere with your loved ones this holiday, it is important to stay safe and of course, be on the lookout for erratic drivers.
Florida’s Thanksgiving Accident Statistics
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Over the past few years, Florida has seen a drop in the number of holiday car fatalities, but that does not mean there is not a risk. In 2006, there were 48 fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday rush. In 2010, that number dropped to 38 – with 15 of those being related to alcohol.
While the number of fatalities is obviously down, non-fatal crashes can take their toll on drivers and their families. It is estimated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the United States pays over $100 billion each year in taxes toward car crashes and that there is an estimated $36 billion paid out each year in insurance claims.
But, it is not just monetary damages that can disrupt a family’s Thanksgiving. Injuries, including those that are non-fatal, could still have a lasting impact on those involved in accidents this holiday season.
Tips for Protecting Yourself While on the Road
While you may not be able to control other drivers, there are things you can do to help avoid an accident, including:
Driving on a Different Day – If you can, avoid driving the day before, day of and Sunday after Thanksgiving. These are historically the busiest traffic days, and also contribute to the higher number of Thanksgiving accidents. If you drive on a different day, you’ll not only help avoid any accidents, but you can avoid some annoying holiday traffic as well.
Stay Overnight – While celebrating Thanksgiving, if you or another adult in the vehicle plans to drink, you should arrange for an overnight stay. Whether that is in the home of family or at a local hotel, drinking is one of the common causes for accidents on Thanksgiving.
Assign a Designated Driver – If staying overnight is not an option, have a designated driver for the holiday that will ensure you and other members of the party make it home safely.
- Avoid Distractions – There is a lot going on during the Thanksgiving holiday, and you are likely to be distracted; whether it’s answering a text message from family or calling to let them know you’re running late. Even though you’re in a hurry, keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to your surroundings. Distracted driving accidents are slowly starting to cause more accidents and fatalities than alcohol and substance abuse.
If You Have Been in an Accident, Contact a Skilled Accident Attorney
Even the safest, most attentive drivers can be involved in a car accident. If you or your loved ones have been injured in an accident, you need the assistance of an experienced Daytona Beach auto accident.
Accidents create extensive damages – from vehicle repairs to medical costs to long-term suffering. The Law Offices of Robert W. Elton can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your accident.
Contact them today at 386-274-2229 for a free consultation.
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