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Holidays bring increase in traffic accidents

Generally the holidays are a festive time in Florida when people get together with friends and family. There are many different types of parties and gatherings that people attend and generally there is alcohol at these parties. This is especially true on New Year's Eve when many more people tend to go out and ring in the new year with alcoholic beverages. It is important that people have designated drivers or a plan on how they will get home because drinking and driving is very dangerous.

Not everyone does this though, which is why New Year's Day tends to one of the most dangerous days for fatal car accidents in Florida. From 2014 - 2016, there were 34 fatal accidents, which is approximately 11 a year on New Year's Day. 30% of these fatal accidents also occur between midnight and 3:00 a.m., which is when most parties are wrapping up. It is not just New Year's Day either that is dangerous. Between Christmas and New Year's Day there is a greater percentage of accidents involving alcohol.

When alcohol is involved in the accident, often times the victim of the accident did nothing wrong and could not do anything to avoid the accident. They can also be left with catastrophic injuries and many are even killed each year. These accidents can be very costly for the victims as well, but they also may be entitled to compensation from the person causing the accident. This compensation can pay for the medical bills, lost income and other damages that the victim may incur as a result of the accident.

Many people in Florida enjoy themselves during the holidays but they can also be a very dangerous time on the roads. People need to be sure that they do not drive if they have enjoyed too much alcohol. When people decide to drink and drive, accidents can occur and the victim's lives can be changed forever. Experienced attorneys understand the devastating effects of a car accident and may be able to help one get what they deserve.

Source: www.tampabay.com, "How dangerous is driving on New Year's in Florida" Langston Taylor, Dec. 26, 2017

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