The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that the number of accidents, particularly motor vehicle collisions, skyrocket during the holidays. This is due in part to the increased number of people traveling on our Miami roads. At Graham Legal, P. A., our expert personal injury attorneys are well-versed in car accident defense, and are here to provide you with some precautions to take while driving during the holidays so that you and your loved ones remain safe.
Avoid Driving Late At Night
For most drivers, traveling later at night can mean they are less alert. Struggling to not fall asleep at the wheel or becoming distracted while driving leads to a higher likelihood of becoming involved in a car accident. In this event, our Miami attorneys suggest pulling over and taking a nap or making overnight accommodations somewhere close. Risking either your or someone else’s life is not worth being on-time; which brings us to our next recommendation.
When planning your estimated time of arrival during the holidays, plan ahead and take traffic and other road obstructions into account. With an increased number of drivers on the road, there is a strong chance that your arrival time will be delayed, which can cause a sense of panic and lead to speeding or reckless driving.
Never Drive Under The Influence
One of the leading causes of accidents during the holidays is attributed to people driving under the influence. The legal alcohol limit is 0.08 BAC, and even two drinks can result in an increase in blood alcohol level, possibly bringing your BAC over the legal limit. Make sure that during this holiday season—on Christmas and New Year’s Eve especially—you only drive sober. If you drink too much, we suggested using a car-share service or staying somewhere overnight. Refrain from driving intoxicated NO MATTER WHAT!
Steer Clear of Rush Hour Traffic
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are reported to have the highest number of travelers on the road. With this in mind, plan your trip for the day(s) leading up to the holiday. Alternatively, if driving on one of these holidays, stay off of traffic-heavy roads and try to find a different route with a lower volume of motor vehicles.
Prepare for an Emergency
If a car accident does occur during the winter holidays, it can lead to being stranded and having to endure the harsh climate. Make sure to always have an emergency kit in your vehicle which includes blankets, jumper cables, water, and other essentials. Always have a phone charger with you so that you can reach family and emergency services such as tow trucks and the police.
During this holiday season, be sure you are always practicing safe driving and traveling precautions. In the event that a car accident does occur, our expert Miami personal injury attorneys will be able to assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation with Graham Legal, PA. right away.