In Florida and most other states, summertime is a highly anticipated season. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when car accidents are most likely to happen. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, drivers and passengers alike face the greatest danger of a serious collision.

If you’re defensive driver, expect to have your work cut out for you during the summer months. Holiday weekends are the most perilous, with more cars on the road and more alcohol going around then ordinary weekends.

How to Reduce Your Risk of an Accident Throughout the Summer Months

Despite the hazards that the season can bring, you don’t have to let the fear of a car wreck keep you from enjoying summertime in the sunshine state. You can keep yourself safe by avoiding the most common causes of accidents on the road:

  • Put your phone down. Like most other states, Florida has cracked down on people who text while driving. However, that doesn’t stop people from using their phones for other purposes, like fiddling with the GPS. Even just talking on the phone can take your focus off the road.
  • Get plenty of rest. While a full eight hours of sleep might seem luxurious to most working adults, sleep deprivation is a common cause of serious accidents. In fact, driving while drowsy is about as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
  • Don’t multitask. The dangers of texting while driving are well-documented now, but it took years to get to that point. If you shave, apply makeup, or eat while driving, consider that these things can be just as distracting as looking at a cellphone.
  • Don’t drive while intoxicated. You probably don’t need to be told that drinking and driving don’t mix, but your medication could be just as dangerous. If you take medication, including over-the-counter drugs, read the labeling or ask your doctor before you drive on it.

Exercising caution behind the wheel, especially during the summer months, can prevent a great many accidents. But sadly, accidents still happen, and innocent people are sometimes hurt through no fault of their own.

If you’ve been injured by a distracted or drunk driver, you shouldn’t have to pay the price for their negligence. Katherine can help you get the compensation you need to recover from this difficult time. For a free consultation, call, text, or email us at your convenience. We’re always here to help you.