Without warning, the holidays are upon us and almost over. At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we hope you have had a wonderful holiday thus far and have an even better new year. We would like to take a moment to thank you for your support and trust. We understand how painful injuries can be. These injuries are more debilitating and traumatizing when you realize that they could have been prevented. We understand personal injury and wrongful death cases must be handled with compassion and care. That is exactly what our Florida lawyers strive to do.
This holiday season, we know that many individuals will be traveling. While some may fly out of town, many people will take to the roads to visit family and friends locally. If you are driving this holiday and New Year, we urge caution to fend off any avoidable accidents. Because we care about your safety, we have compiled a few tips to see you through.
Before getting into your car to visit grandparents or your parents, make sure to check that your vehicle is working properly. Look to see if your lights are working properly (so you can alert other drivers of your intentions while on the road). Make sure your car doesn’t need an oil change. Moreover, definitely make sure that your tires are in good shape. This includes tire pressure. If you are in a snowy or icy area, be sure to put chains on your tires.
Many people take to the roads during the holidays, usually all at once. If you know that the highways and streets will be crowded, try to plan alternate routes in advanced so that you are not scrambling last minute or stuck in traffic.
Because streets and roads tend to be busier during the holidays, it is even more important that you abide by the posted speed limit. Things like traffic and weather conditions can garner a slower speed. If you need to leave earlier in order to avoid rushing, do it! It can save lives.
Although unlikely in extremely cold areas, there are people who like to walk in Florida. When you are driving, make sure to pay special attention to pedestrians. Also, share the road with the cyclists. They, too, have places they need to be.
If you lack sleep / rest or have been drinking, do not get into the car. Many accidents occur because people drive while intoxicated or sleep deprived. Many accidents can be avoided if you take care of yourself and use proper judgement.
We hope that these traffic safety tips help you during the holidays. From our family at The Pittman Firm to yours, have a great holiday and happy New Year! If you are injured due to negligence or carelessness, contact our Florida personal injury attorneys today.