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The holiday season is fast approaching, so we will be making our lists, checking them twice, traveling, cooking, and doing everything we usually do with family and loved ones over the holidays. However, with the hustle and bustle of the season, we find an increase in unforeseen accidents as more people travel on the roadways and for other reasons.

For this reason, we are here to share tips on avoiding serious accidents during the holiday season and what to do if you are involved in one.

Auto Accident Statistics Over the Holidays

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal vehicle crashes increase during the holidays. The analysis also showed that fatal crashes in Florida increased by 29.8 percent during the holidays, resulting in 6.3% of all fatal Florida crashes occurring during the holidays. On a national level, there is a 30.2% increase in fatal crashes.

Statistics from the US Department of Transportation show that these accidents increase during the holidays for various reasons, including distracted driving, alcohol use, and excessive speed.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and it becomes increasingly dangerous during the holidays when there is increased travel and busy schedules.

All the holiday activities people participate in can also cause fatigue and stress, distracting drivers. Before getting behind the wheel, make sure to get plenty of rest beforehand and give yourself plenty of time to make it to your destination.

If you need to use your GPS, set it up before you pull out of your driveway so you are not distracted while driving. Always keep your attention focused on the roadway to avoid an auto accident.

Driving While Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in a slowed reaction time, limited short-term memory functions, decreased hand-eye coordination, weakened concentration, and difficulties perceiving distance and time.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drunk driving is one of the top causes of death on the roadways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site states that 27 Americans die each day due to drunk driving on average. That comes down to about one death every 50 minutes.

Many people who normally don’t partake in alcohol during the year choose to do so on the holidays. This is a problem because they may be unsure how their body will react to the alcohol they are consuming. Many will also think they are fine to drive after the holiday party, even though they shouldn’t be behind the wheel.

A drunk driving arrest can result in jail time, fines, suspension of your driver’s license, impounded vehicle, community service, DUI school, and ignition interlock.

Staying Safe on Florida Roadways

You can do a few things to stay safe on Florida roadways during the holidays and reduce your risk of being involved in an accident.

• Avoid distracted driving behaviors like texting or talking on the phone
• Be well-rested before you head out. If you are drowsy, you can nod off at the wheel
• Drive sober. If needed, make plans ahead of time to get home, like a ride share or designated driver
• Always plan ahead. If you are taking a long road trip over the holidays, make sure to plan ahead and account for any adverse weather, road closures, or anything else that could derail your trip
• Make sure to get your vehicle looked at and ensure everything is well-maintained before getting behind the wheel

If you follow these tips, you will find it much safer on Florida roadways during the holidays. However, even being prepared, accidents still happen. If you are involved in a car accident, consult an experienced auto accident attorney.

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