Thursday, December 31, 2015

Avoid a Car Accident This Holiday Season

Auto accidents in Florida during the holidays
The holiday season is upon us and, for most Americans, that means celebrations with friends and loved ones. These celebrations often require more hours on the road than one normally spends, between traveling to and from gatherings and late nights spent shopping for the perfect gifts. More hours on the road combined with more people on the road means a higher risk of being involved in a car accident for all.

Car accidents can happen as a result of a variety of factors. One of the most prominent factors is driver negligence. Sometimes, more than one driver acts negligently or recklessly, causing two or more vehicles to collide. Determining which driver was negligent and how, then proving these claims, can be complicated. If you have been injured in a car accident during the holiday season or any other time of year, work with an experienced car accident attorney to file and pursue an effective personal injury claim. 

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – But Not Too Much

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and other holidays during the winter tend to be drinking holidays for many Americans. During this time of year, motorists are at a higher risk of being involved in accidents caused by drunk drivers.1

In Florida and the rest of the United States, the legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%. This means that once an individual's BAC is higher than this level, he or she is prohibited from driving and can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if he or she chooses to do so. Despite this risk, many individuals opt to drink and drive, putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk. If you are hosting a holiday party, you can prevent drunk driving accidents by offering to have your guests stay overnight in your home. The only wait to reduce one's BAC is to wait for the alcohol to fully metabolize. If you are going to a holiday party, plan to use either a designated driver or public transportation to ensure that you get there safely. If you will be driving, do not drink alcohol. 

Adjust your Driving to the Local Conditions

In Florida, adverse weather like snow and ice are not a concern in the winter. However, rainstorms and congested highways during this time of year can create hazards for motorists. During rainstorms, allow for a greater following distance between yourself and other vehicles. Take turns less sharply and drive more slowly to allow yourself a greater reaction time to hazards and sudden stops. Wet conditions can lead to hydroplaning,2 which happens when a car's tires lift off the road temporarily because of water underfoot.

If you Are Involved in a Car Accident

Despite taking the proper precautions, there is always the chance you will be involved in a car accident this holiday season. If this happens, do not panic. By making the right choices after your accident, you can make it much easier for yourself and others involved to collect the information necessary to file an insurance claim and make a full recovery.

If you can remove yourself and your vehicle from the roadway, do this to prevent another collision, but do not attempt to exit the roadway if it is not safe to do so. If you or any other parties involved in the accident are in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, call the police to have an officer sent to the scene.

Obtain a copy of the official police report and any other involved drivers' insurance information to use to support your personal injury claim. After leaving the scene, the next step is to seek medical attention for your own injury. Do this relatively soon after your accident – the sooner you seek medical attention, the better chance you have of successfully recovering the money you need for your treatment. After you have received treatment, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your claim. 

Contact our St. Petersburg Car Accident Attorneys For Help

Car accidents can happen at any time of the year. When a car accident leads to an injury, the victim can easily find him or herself facing significant expenses. Fortunately, he or she can potentially recover compensation for some or all of these expenses through a personal injury claim with help from an experienced car accident attorney. Contact Dolman Law Group today at 727-222-6922 to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm and learn more about seeking monetary compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922



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