The holiday season is in full swing and thousands of people are traveling on Florida roadways. People flock to Florida for various reasons during the winter. Some simply want to get away from their cold, snowy weather, while others come to Florida to visit family and friends during this special time of year. Whatever the reason, Randall Spivey and his team of Ft. Myers personal injury attorneys want everyone to be safe while traveling to and from the state.
Local law enforcement will be paying close attention to drivers this holiday season, particularly focusing on drunk and aggressive drivers. Whenever there is an influx of drivers on the road, the number of accidents will likely increase. So what can you do to keep you and your family safe while traveling?
Wear Your Seatbelt and Do Not Speed
It may seem obvious to most that drivers and passengers need to wear their seatbelts at all times. However, we still hear of accidents in which the driver or passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. It is important for individuals who travel by automobile to buckle up each and every time they enter a vehicle to travel the roadways. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles believes that using seatbelts save lives. Seatbelts are one of the most important safety features of an automobile. Wearing a seatbelt is a law that everyone should follow.
Drivers are also encouraged to slow down and follow the posted speed limit signs. This is a basic safety rule of the road, but some people still choose to risk their own lives and the lives of others by traveling well beyond the posted speed limit. Many people are trying to make it to their destinations as quickly as possible, but the best way to avoid an accident is to slow down and drive in a safe, responsible manner.
Keep Your Cell Phone Charged and Write Down Important Numbers
If you are involved in an accident in which you or a passenger sustained personal injuries, you are encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately. In order to do that, however, you must ensure that your cell phone (or your traveling companion's cell phone) is charged. All too often, we get busy with other trip preparations and forget to charge our phones so they'll be available to use in case of an emergency. The ability to make a call right after an accident can be the difference between life and death, in some cases.
Additionally, many Ft. Myers attorneys will tell you that you should jot down important phone numbers on a pad or piece of paper and keep them in the automobile. This is crucial because if your cell phone dies, you will not be able to view your contacts. How many important numbers do you have memorized? Writing numbers down will also make it easier for law enforcement or EMT personnel to contact your loved ones in the event you are severely hurt and unable to speak for yourself.
The holiday season is a joyous time for family and friends to gather and reminisce. We at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, PA want you and your family to stay safe. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, contact our office today.