Thanksgiving is here! Today, tens of thousands of individuals and families
across the state and country will be packing up the car and heading out
to spend the holiday at a destination away from home. With so many people
out on the road, there is sure to be an abundance of holiday traffic,
and of course with traffic comes more opportunities for accidents to occur.
Rear-end accidents are very common, as well as accidents caused by drunk
drivers, distracted drivers, sleepy drivers, or drivers who are impatient
for their journeys to end after several hours on the road.
This year is expected to be the busiest week for Thanksgiving in nearly
a decade. The Florida Department of Transportation has indicated that
Florida highways will see 2.2 million Thanksgiving travelers. Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Saturday of Thanksgiving week are expected to be the heaviest
days for traffic. Expect delays in the mid-afternoons and evenings of
Accidents happen, but there are a few things you can do to help avoid them.
Since many accidents occur as a result of car maintenance issues or system
failures, it is a good idea to check your vehicle before a car trip to
ensure that everything is in good working order. This includes making
sure it is full of clean oil, checking the condition and inflation of
the tires, and ensuring that there are no issues with the brakes. The
night before your trip, get a full night’s sleep so that you are
not tired behind the wheel. Punctuate your trip with rest stops to refresh
yourself, and resist the urge to drive faster than the posted speed limit.
Although you may want to get to your destination as soon as possible,
it is not worth the risk to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers
to drive unsafely. No one wants to have their holiday ruined by a car accident.
Another helpful tip is to periodically check traffic conditions before
and during your trip (of course, never check a phone or GPS device for
traffic conditions while driving. Always pull over to a safe location
first!) Florida 511 offers free personalized alerts by email, text, or phone.
Click here to view traffic conditions online prior to your trip for all Florida regions.
We at the Maher Law Firm wish you safe travels and hope you enjoy a happy
Thanksgiving! Plan ahead and stay safe, Florida!