Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends. This also makes it a time of heavy traffic, as Floridians across the state travel to visit their loved ones. Holiday traffic congestion inevitably leads to more crashes - not only because there are more cars on the road, but there is a greater chance drivers will be fatigued.
The Thanksgiving pre-festivities can also be a leading factor in holiday car accidents. Specifically, people return to their hometowns and have a chance to catch up with old high school and college friends, at the local bar or hot spot, the day before the big meal. The problem is too few have a solid plan for a sober ride back home.
With awareness of the causes of traffic accidents, Seminole drivers can take the precautions which will help them stay safe this Thanksgiving.
Risk Factors for Thanksgiving Car Accidents
After the economic crash of 2008, fewer vehicles were on the road, and traffic fatalities experienced a corresponding drop. The Washington Post reports that United State traffic fatalities hit an all-time low in 2011. Unfortunately, that trend didn't last. Traffic fatalities have been steadily climbing ever since. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released its fatality data for 2016, and reported that fatalities had increased from the previous year. A 5.4 percent increase in the number of victims placed the total at 37, 461. Now in 2017, more than 18,000 people have died on U.S. roads just between January 1st and June 31st. Another 2.1 million people were seriously injured in car accidents during that same time period.
Car and Driver observed these statistics, and conducted research and expert interviews to find the causes of increased traffic fatalities in America. The report found that the overall number of miles traveled by Americans increased 3.5 percent between 2014 and 2015 - a number which accounted for half of the increased traffic fatalities. This indicates that the more a person drives, the greater the likelihood that he or she will be involved in a collision. The report also cited data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reported in 2011 that approximately 660,000 drivers were using their smartphones while driving at any given moment. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that the number of Americans owning smartphones almost doubled between 2011 and 2015.
How Seminole County Drivers Can Stay Safe on the Road This Thanksgiving
Distracted driving has become a major public health risk in recent years. Distracted driving is negligent driving, and negligent drivers are legally obligated to compensate victims who are injured in an accident. Negligence can be proven by evidence of a violation of Florida’s traffic statutes. Florida Statutes §316.305(3)(a) (also known as The Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law) targets specific behaviors to prevent distracted driving in this state. This statute prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on such a device for the purpose of non-voice interpersonal communication, including, but not limited to, communication methods known as texting, e-mailing, and instant messaging.
If you or a loved one is injured in any type of car accident, contact the best Seminole County car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You have the legal right to be compensated for your injuries and financial losses.