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:
- Tourists. South Florida attracts many visitors all year long, including the summer. A number of summer festivals, concerts, and events can mean that there are more tourists in the area in the summer, and this can mean congested streets. Visitors may not be familiar with local laws and streets, and this can make sharing the road dangerous. Always expect the unexpected when driving in the summer.
- Children and minors. With children out of school for the summer, more children are being ferried to and from camps and summer programs, which increases congestion on the road. In addition, children may be playing outdoors and teens may be enjoying their first few months with their driver’s license by driving around. All of this creates added risks for drivers. When you are driving, always stay alert for any areas where children may play, just in case one of them runs out on the road.
- The weather. Sunny, hot weather is famous in South Florida, but can also be a danger to drivers. Hot, glaring sun can give you a headache and glare can make visibility very poor. In addition, hot weather can make driving in your car uncomfortable. If you are sleepy or under the influence, hot weather can exacerbate the problem. In addition, the hot sun can increase the risk to any child or pet who is left alone in the car, where they can die in just minutes. Stay aware of the risks of the sun and make sure you use shade to keep your car’s interior cool. Use visors and drink plenty of water to keep yourself alert and in good condition. Where possible, drive a car with a good air conditioner so you can stay cool and comfortable. Try to park in the shade or indoors to avoid overheating your car. Never leave children or pets alone in a car, even for a minute. The risk of suffocation and fatalities is simply too great.
- Drunk driving. Unfortunately, summertime can mean an increase in drunk driving accidents in Hollywood and across the country. As more people attend barbecues, cookouts, summer parties and special events, drinking at these events and can lead people to make poor decisions. Always have multiple ways of getting home safely and hold yourself accountable with your friends to ensure you make the right decision.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone’s recklessness or negligence, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free consultation. There’s no reason why you should have to suffer because someone else didn’t adjust their driving to the realities of the summer. Our attorneys can meet with you in a free consultation in one of our offices or in your home, hospital room, or office. We are happy to review your potential case with you.