As the holiday season approaches, there’s a surge in holiday shopping. As drivers head to malls and shops in Miami, Hollywood, and other communities to score the perfect presents and deals, the increased traffic, fuller parking lots, and increased distractions can contribute to a higher risk of car crashes.
If you find yourself in a holiday accident in Florida, know that you can always reach us at Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation. We’re able to take care of many of the details—even finding you a rental car—and help you seek compensation, if you qualify. We’re also proud to offer a free consultation if you’ve been injured, so you can discuss your options with a Florida car accident claims attorney in a no-stress setting.
Understanding and Preventing Holiday Shopping and Car Crashes
The holiday season brings a significant influx of shoppers to retail spaces in Hollywood and across Florida. Increased traffic, coupled with the stress of finding parking spaces and the distraction of holiday decorations, can create a perfect storm for car accidents. Drivers and pedestrians alike may be more preoccupied with their holiday to-do lists, making it crucial to exercise extra caution on the roads.
Parking lots become particularly hazardous during the holiday rush. With drivers vying for limited spaces, pedestrians navigating through crowded areas, and shopping carts in motion, the risk of fender-benders and more serious collisions escalates. Distracted driving, aggressive maneuvers, and the rush to snag the perfect parking spot can all contribute to accidents.
Here’s how you can reduce your risk:
- Choose less busy shopping times or consider online shopping to avoid the peak holiday rush.
- Be patient when navigating parking lots and always stay alert for the unexpected.
- Avoid distractions to make sure you’re aware of your surroundings.
- Be vigilant for pedestrians, especially in busy parking lots where visibility can be challenging.
- Pedestrians should use designated crosswalks, and drivers should yield to those on foot.
- Before reversing out of a parking space, check your blind spots and use mirrors to make sure no one is behind you.
- Anticipate the actions of other drivers and be prepared to react defensively to avoid collisions.
Dealing with a Holiday Car Crash
Despite precautions, accidents can still occur. If you find yourself involved in a car crash during holiday shopping, treat the incident seriously. Even if you have a slow-motion fender-bender in a parking lot, make sure everyone is OK and exchange insurance information with the other driver. Take photos of any damage and report the accident. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
If the accident results in injuries or significant property damage, also consider consulting with a personal injury attorney to understand your rights and options. Navigating insurance claims during the holiday season can be complex. An experienced Florida car accident attorney can explore whether you have coverage, can determine how much your claim may be worth, can weigh all options for financial recovery, and can investigate the cause of your crash. He or she can guide you through the claims process and can negotiate with insurers and present your case in court, if needed, to seek financial recovery.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash and are looking for an attorney who can do all that and more, we invite you to contact us at Flaxman Law Group. Our family-based legal team has put our more than 60 years of combined experience to use, securing more than $100 million in settlements and court wins for our clients, including multiple multi-million-dollar wins. Let’s talk in a free consultation about what might be possible in your injury case.