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Speeding a leading cause of holiday car accident in Fort Lauderdale, Margate, elsewhere in South Florida

As you take to the roads to visit friends and family this holiday season, be prepared, be patient and most importantly be alert. It only takes a few seconds to turn a holiday celebration into a tragedy that you or your loved one won’t ever forget.

At a time when traffic is at its peak, so are the number of Fort Lauderdale car accidents.

The Fatality Analysis Reporting System from the National Highway Safety Administration reported in 2009 there were 640 fatalities on Christmas and 1,079 fatalities on New Year’s (Eve and Day) nationwide. In Florida there were 74 and 91 on these days respectively.

The new year was short lived for this Florida driver as reported by this News Chief. Speeding was the contributing factor of this crash that killed the driver of the speeding vehicle as well as critically injured 5 others. They were all considered critical and fortunate to be alive because 4 out of the 5 injured were ejected from their vehicles.

In 2009 the National Highway Safety Administration reported that Florida had 535 fatal crashes due to speeding. It is extremely important this time of year to maintain the speed limit in order to reduce the risk of injury or even worse, fatality to you and other motorists on the road.

Make this a safer holiday season by remembering some simple tips:

-Don’t speed or tailgate. Being late is better than having an accident.

-Wear your seat belt.

-Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

-Don’t drink in drive. If you do drink have a designated driver or stay overnight.

-Add on extra time for your trip to account for delays due to weather or traffic.

-If you are driving a long distance, take some breaks.

-Plan for vehicle break down by having things like flares, warm clothes, or flashlights.

-Don’t forget to charge that cell phone.

If you have been injured in a Florida auto accident contact Fort Lauderdale Law Offices of Dean H. Freeman for a free consultation. Call 1-800-529-2368.

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