As a law firm that works closely with the victims of car crashes in Tampa and throughout Florida, Franco Law Group urges drivers and pedestrians to be safe this holiday season. The winter holidays should be a time for celebration with friends and family and not a time to be handling the serious and often tragic ramifications of a motor vehicle or premises accident.
In 2011, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that alcohol or drug related traffic crashes in the U.S. increased threefold during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. This is no surprise, as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has been documented as one of the biggest partying nights of the year, and nobody needs to be told that DUI-related accidents are more common during New Year’s Eve. To further cement this claim, the NIAAA also reported that 40% of motor vehicle accident deaths during the holiday season involve a drunk driver (in contrast to a 31 percent figure during other times of the year). Consider these helpful tips on avoiding holiday accidents:
Don’t Drink and Drive!
This goes without saying, but, as mentioned above, so many residents are deciding to drive their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Also be sure to never ride in the car with someone who is drunk. If you find yourself inebriated, caught up in the festivities, and in need of a ride home, there are many options available to you:
- Using a sober, designated driver.
- Using public transportation such as Hart Bus
- Calling a local taxi service
- Using a transportation app service like Uber or Lyft
Don’t use your phone
You may feel the need to try and text or call your family and close friends while shopping for gifts. This is fine – just don’t do it on the road! Driving when you’re distracted is simply dangerous – and especially so if you are attempting to get through busy holiday traffic on the interstate or in congested areas near malls and other shopping centers.
Don’t get angry
The holidays can be an extremely stressful season, and the congestion that you encounter on the roads don’t ever help. It is important that you don’t let your stress influence how you navigate through traffic and deal while bad drivers. This type of behavior easily leads to dangerous situations such as racing to beat stop lights, tailgating, or even road-rage incidents.
We know – you have so much that needs to get done! But try to resist the urge to speed as much as you can. Speeding can not only cause you to lose control of your own vehicle, but it also limits your ability to react to other things that are going on around you, such as pedestrians or even other crashes. Plan ahead to make sure that you are giving yourself plenty of time to get to wherever it is you need to be.
Contact expert personal injury attorneys at Franco Law Group.
All Female Legal Team
Christine Franco and her experienced personal injury team have been practicing law in Tampa, Florida since 1997. Franco Law Group represents only the injured and disabled. Our firm consists of personal injury lawyers, case managers, paralegals, and assistants that are all committed to managing your case efficiently and to protecting your legal rights. Christine Franco, Esq. has been practicing law ever since she received her J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1995. Megan Williams, a social security attorney at our firm, received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.
I found Christine Franco to be a very professional, thoughtful, attentive attorney. She is very thorough and extremely patient explaining everything to me. She has taken care of five cases for my family and all with outstanding results. Her staff have been with her for quite some time and are always helpful as well. Tammy Baldwin is super to work with as well. I would not give it a second thought to use Franco Law Group for all your needs.
Christine Franco and her amazing law firm have handled two personal injury cases and represented me for Social Security disability. Becoming disabled at the age of 24 is not something that's on everyone's list to do. Through these very difficult times I was very blessed to have had this amazing team with me every step of the way. They won all three of my cases. I love how they run and honest office with integrity. They tell you the truth and not what they think you want to hear. I have never met a more humble and sweet attorney. But don't let that fool you she definitely knows what she's doing and she gets things done and is not afraid to take your case to trial if you are entitled to more than what you have been offered. Most attorneys I have met will try to settle at the first offer. I told Christine I trust her 100% because I have seen how she treats everyone with the same respect and honesty so I took her advice with all my cases and I am very happy with the outcome. I have also referred my family and best friends to her because I wouldn't want anyone else representing them. You will be very happy going to The Franco Law Group.
This Law Firm represented me in my social security disability case and they did awesome they make me feel like a human being not a number they were there for me anytime I needed them they never blew me off or talk down to me they always treated me with respect that I gave them if I ever need an attorney again and it's something they do they will be the first ones I call