Unfortunately, road accidents are very common during the holidays. More festivities can mean an increase in drunk driving. Holiday travel plans and shopping can also increase the number of drivers on the road, which can create traffic jams and an increase in car accidents. Here are the best ways to stay safe on the roads this holiday season.
The end of the year and the holiday season are busy for most of us. There are family get-togethers, special events, holiday shopping, and holiday decorating to get done. In many industries, workplaces are busier. These various elements can make us all more vulnerable to car accidents, workplace accidents, and other types of injuries.
Here, we take a look at why you may be more vulnerable at this time of year, and what you can do about it. Here are the risks:
If you’re traveling for the holidays, you need a plan to stay safe. Traveling long distances, especially after eating a heavy meal and when the roads are full of other motorists with their own holiday plans, can increase your risk of a car collision. Here’s how to stay safe:
Injuries happen in Southern Florida traffic accidents every day. From car crashes to truck and motorcycle collisions, Floridians face challenges all the time. After a serious injury, one option you have is to contact a personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a claim.
Under Florida law, you may have the right to seek compensation if your injuries were caused by someone’s negligence or wrongful action. For many people, the simplest way to file such a claim is to work with an experienced personal injury attorney, who can take care of the many steps of filing a legal claim.
Mercedes-Benz has announced an ambitious plan called Vision Zero. The goal is to offer accident-free driving for all Mercedes-Benz cars by the year 2025. By 2030, the company has a goal of greatly reducing injuries and car accident deaths in its cars.
How does the car manufacturer hope to do that? They will be using:
The split-second decisions we make when driving can help keep us safe and can keep those sharing the road with as safe as well. However, the things we do before we ever get in the car can also impact our safety on the road.
Here are some ways we can prevent car accidents before ever stepping into the car:
You’ve probably passed them on the road: accidents involving multiple vehicles and multiple drivers. These accidents can happen on Florida streets for a number of reasons. Sometimes, heavy traffic can mean one accident creates a chain reaction because other drivers don’t have enough space or time to come to a complete stop or to maneuver out of the way.
Chain reaction accidents can also be caused by high speeds on highways, where there simply may not be enough time to respond to avoid an accident. Truck accidents can also lead to multiple vehicle crashes, because the size and force of a truck can crash through multiple vehicles before coming to a complete stop.
Rear end shunt accidents happen when one car stops and the car behind them crashes into that first vehicle. Rear end collisions can cause serious injuries, including head injuries, facial injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, whiplash, and even fatalities. This is because a car suddenly braking or being shoved forward can snap your neck, back, and head forward violently. You can crash into your steering wheel or an airbag with enough force to cause serious injury.
Emergency vehicles are an important part of our communities. Fire trucks race to burning buildings to save people. Police officers keep our streets safe, and paramedics rush to the scene of serious accidents or illnesses to get people lifesaving medical care.
Unfortunately, the high speeds at which these vehicles travel can pose a danger to other motorists on the road. Each year, people in Florida are seriously injured or even killed because they are in crashes involving emergency vehicles.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident in Florida usually occurs because your head crashes against a solid surface or is violently shaken. This can cause the brain to crash against the inside of your skull, causing bruising, bleeding, swelling, and tissue damage.
It is always important to get any TBI checked out. Even if your symptoms are mild, you may have a serious injury that requires immediate medical intervention.