Tourists arrive in Florida during the spring and summer to take advantage of the many festivals and special events this area of the nation has to offer. As school is let out for the summer, especially, many families and college students choose to come to Southern Florida to take advantage of the beaches, nigh life, culture, and food Miami has to offer.
Unfortunately, more people on the roads and more big events can also mean a greater risk of traffic collisions. If you are a resident in Miami, there are a few things you will want to do to ensure you stay safe:
- Protect your driveway, especially if you live in a tourist area. Visitors who park on your property can block your car and cause damage. If they are injured on your property, they may also try to file a claim against you.
- Allow for extra-heavy traffic. Keep in mind there may be more drivers on the road.
- Drive defensively. Visitors may not be aware of all traffic rules or may be trying to look for a specific destination. This can cause them to start and stop unexpectedly or to drive slowly. Expect the unexpected and always think a few moves ahead to ensure you won’t be surprised.
- Keep aware of big events in your area. These are likely to cause even more traffic congestion and even closed streets. Find alternate routes to avoid delays and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Drive only when you can put your full focus on driving. Put away distractions and never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol or when you are tired or emotional. Make sure you are physically and emotionally able to drive safely.
Are You a Tourist in Miami?
If you are in a car accident in Miami or South Florida, it can be especially upsetting to be in a traffic collision far from home. You may also have extra complications in your case. You may have been involved in a car rental accident with a car you have rented. In these cases, Florida laws offer some liability protections to rental agencies. You may have also been injured in a taxi or on a tour bus or shuttle in Miami.
If you are a tourist or if you have been injured by someone driving into Florida from outside the state, your situation may be more complex. Talk to a Miami car accident attorney first—before you make any decisions. You can contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation to discuss your case. Our law offices in Miami, Homestead, and Hollywood serve the entire South Florida area.