Across South Florida and in Hollywood, car accidents can occur for many reasons. They can occur due to drunk driving, distracted driving, inexperience, mechanical problems, and other issues. In many cases, collisions are preventable. Authorities say one of the current causes of car accidents involves selfies.
RVs are a fun way to drive from Hollywood to other destinations in South Florida or across the country. Many South Florida residents love trailers and RVs because they combine a mode of transport and accommodation, making travel more affordable and convenient.
However, RVs also pose dangers. These larger vehicles are difficult to handle in many cases and come with many more blind spots than passenger cars. They are bulkier to maneuver and may stop differently when compared with cars. In addition, many drivers do not get training on driving these larger vehicles.
Driving in Hollywood in the summer is beautiful because you can see of the shoreline and the beautiful architecture and green spaces of this part of the country. However, driving anywhere in South Florida in the summer comes with certain additional risks.
Whether you are visiting or you are a resident and driving in Hollywood, make sure that you look out for these hazards which can lead to a serious Hollywood car accident:
Short-term rentals have become more popular in places such as Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of Southern Florida. Short-term rentals are one way for homeowners to make money, but having guests in a home can also lead to injuries. In addition, some homeowners associations and neighbors are unhappy about residences being turned into part-time (or, in some cases, full-time) hotels.
One of the risks with short-term rentals has to do with the potential of car accidents. There are many reasons why short-term rentals can increase the risk of car collisions in some Hollywood and South Florida communities:
Tourists are quite common in Hollywood, Miami, and other parts of southern Florida. At this time of year, events and the summer season mean that tourists are arriving across the region. While tourists do bring a great boost to the economy, they may not be familiar with local streets or even local laws and driving conditions, which can put them at risk of pedestrian car accidents in Hollywood and other local communities.
If you live in the area, you will want to take steps now to help prevent car accidents involving tourists:
In Homestead and other communities, intersection accidents cause severe injuries each year. Unfortunately, intersections are a higher-risk area because cars are approaching from different directions and making turns. In addition, many road users, including pedestrians, converge in this area and in some cases visibility can be obscured by buildings, making collisions a real problem.
To stay safe and prevent intersections, there are several things motorists can do:
Sideswipe accidents in Hollywood, Homestead, and other communities are unfortunately quite common. These collisions happen when two cars are traveling in the same direction next to each other and the two vehicles come into contact with each other. Although they may seem less dramatic than T-bone or front-end crashes, sideswipes can be very dangerous. Depending on how fast the two vehicles are traveling, a great deal of force can be exerted and passengers inside may even get trapped in the car.
Sideswipe crashes often happen because one vehicle tries to merge or change lanes without checking oncoming traffic and checking blind spots. These collisions are also common when a motorist drifts into other lanes due to drunk driving, fatigue, or distracted driving. Finally, these crashes can happen if a driver swerves suddenly to avoid something on the road or another hazard. In all these cases, such collisions are largely preventable.
According to some cyber security experts, modern cars may pose a new crash risk because of the use of software and modern technology in the vehicles. As cars become more autonomous and include more technology, security experts have said hackers can start accessing cars with high connectivity. According to some authorities on the subject, cars can be used to cause accidents or can even be weaponized.
Cars built since 2005 already have the technology to be hacked. In fact, some researchers from New York University have stated some car accidents may already be caused in part by hacking or software issues. We simply have not been checking for this cause of accidents.
At this time of year, you may be planning to drive to see family for the holidays. The Thanksgiving weekend is one where many people are traveling and trying to drive to and from airports or different cities can mean traffic jams and even an increased risk of traffic collisions in Homestead and across South Florida.
If you are driving anywhere to see loved ones, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group wish you safe travels. We’d also like to offer these tips to help you reduce the risk of traffic delays and collisions:
Construction areas can be especially hazardous in Homestead when it comes to accidents. Work sites often mean unexpected conditions and a combination of work vehicles, cars, and pedestrians on the road. Traffic may be slowed or stopped, leading to frustration and even collisions. In addition, the road itself may have hazards. The road area may be unpaved or lanes may be closed, forcing you to drive in ways you may not be used to.
Construction is a fact of life in Homestead and other communities. However, there are several ways you can stay safe on Florida roads, even in construction season: