‘Tis the season for good cheer – but don’t let this one be ruined by a holiday car crash. Fort Lauderdale car accident attorneys know we tend to see more collisions over the holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than at most other times during the year. People are rushed, speeding, distracted and sometimes impaired – and the roads are crowded with folks shopping, visiting family and running other related errands.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported some 94 million people travel 50 miles or more during the holidays, a number that has been steadily increasing the last few years. More than 90 percent of those travelers get to their destination by motor vehicle. Travel rates may be impacted this year – increasing the risk of a Miami holiday car crash – thanks to low gas prices and an increasing tendency of people to travel further distances by car. This likely has something to do with the spiking cost of air travel, leading more people to opt for a road trip than a flight.
Last year, New Year’s Eve drunk driving case ended in tragedy, making headlines in the Orlando Sentinel. An alleged drunk driver in Winter park was reportedly traveling an estimated 130 mph on Orange Avenue in a residential neighborhood and crashed into another vehicle. The speed limit on the road was 35 mph. He allegedly t-boned a sport utility vehicle, killing the two 23-year-old women inside. He had previous speeding violations on his driving record, but for the last, had only paid a $254 fine. The reportedly impaired driver was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. Continue reading →