As Labor Day is historically one of the most frequent times of the year for motor vehicle accidents
across the country, we would like to remind our clients and friends to drive carefully.
Driving defensively and understanding the particular risks can dramatically sharpen one’s ability so you can navigate dangerous situations due to the influx of inexperienced teen drivers, distracted tourists and holiday participants.
There are too many residents who need a personal injury attorney directly after the Labor Day holiday each year. By educating the public about the risks involved and how to avoid them, I am hopeful for fewer injured Tampa Bay area residents this September.
Teen drivers are one main cause of accidents
because of their lack of experience, limited knowledge of driving, potential poor judgment and peer pressure. Drivers between 15 and 20 account for more auto fatalities than any other age group, and property damage on the road increases dramatically with a teen behind the wheel. Another high risk is distracted driving by holiday participants, tourists and people who text while driving. One report estimated that more than 10 percent of drivers involved in crashes resulting in loss of life were distracted at the time of the incident.
In order to protect yourself and passengers in the vehicle, you should drive at slower speeds, be aware of your surroundings, wear a seat belt and give yourself extra time for traffic delays. If faced with a dangerous situation, stay calm and react with swift thinking and sharp reflexes.
The most important mistake to avoid post-accident is not referencing an experienced attorney to keep protected from any legal harm of the other party and their insurance company.