Spring Break Crowds Increase Motor Vehicle Accident Risks
While the rest of the country is excited to see the end of winter and an increase in spring weather, South Florida enjoys warm temperatures and sunny days throughout the majority of the year. Spring Break ends up being one of the busiest times of the year here, with huge numbers of college students descending on nearby beaches along the Florida coast, eager to have fun and to let loose after months of test taking and studying. Unfortunately, the rowdy behavior often associated with Spring Break increases your risks for motor vehicle accidents resulting in potentially serious personal injuries. The following are some of the more common dangers you need to be aware of.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Over Spring Break
According to a March 2019 Patch news report, South Florida was named as one of the top Spring Break destinations in the world. While college students tend to flock to areas such as Daytona, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, or Orlando, many will still end up at least passing through the St. Lucie area. Locals can expect increased tourist traffic on both Interstate 95 and Highway 1, as well as on other local arteries.
Anytime you have large numbers of people on vacation and traveling on roads they are otherwise unfamiliar with, the chances of motor vehicle accidents increase. Locals should be aware of the risks for car, bike, and pedestrian accidents. Over Spring Break, some of the most common causes of collisions include:
- Drowsy driving: Late nights partying and days spent at the beach do not allow for much sleep. Drowsy driving increases the risks of making dangerous mistakes and could result in a driver falling asleep behind the wheel.
- Distracted driving: With so many activities and so much too see, Spring Break drivers can easily get distracted. Taking pictures, texting with friends, and allowing your attention to wander from the road all increase accident risks.
- Drunk driving: College students on vacation tend to party hard and many make the unwise decision to get behind the wheel. Be alert for anyone swerving in and out of lanes, making jerking movements, or driving either below or above the speed limit.
In addition to drunk driving, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that overindulging in alcohol can also lead young people to take dangerous risks and to act out in an aggressive or destructive manner. Visitors are urged to drink responsibly, both for their own safety and that of local residents.
Our Fort Pierce Personal Injury Attorney Is Here To Help
Whether you are from the Fort Pierce area or are here on vacation, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help. When motor vehicle crashes or other types of accidental injuries occur, we can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover. To discuss your situation and the options available, call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney online and request a consultation today.