Our Broward Injury lawyers wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.
This holiday weekend, people will be out in force celebrating our nation’s independence. Of course, the many beautiful beaches will be a huge attraction. People will be swimming or riding personal watercraft close to shore, while others head out in boats to fish and enjoy a nice day on the water. Those staying away from the shore may be enjoying family barbeques or hanging out at the pool. While all of these activities can be a lot of fun, you should be alert for certain dangers you may face this holiday weekend.
Over the holiday weekend, authorities are prepared for a higher than average number of car crashes. There are many reasons for this increase, including more people drinking and driving on the Fourth of July and more teens taking to the road now that schools are out.
Teen driving fatalities are higher this time of year than any other period. The National Safety Council calls the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. We are right in the middle of that period this holiday weekend. At the start of the 100 days, the Miami Examiner reported that South Florida ranks particularly high in terms of traffic accidents, and rates involving teen crashes are expected to climb even higher this time of year. In an effort to curb this, AT&T is asking all drivers, including teens, to take part in the “It can wait” movement, which is a pledge to never text and drive. As you may be aware, distracted driving is one of the major causes of car accidents and teens are among the most frequent texters. It may be a good idea to stay off the phone entirely while driving. While mobile apps and hands free devices can aid us in performing many tasks, research still suggests that this causes drivers to be distracted, resulting in car crashes.
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