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Holiday Season Traffic Causes More Accidents

During the holiday season, the amount of traffic on the roads increases due to holiday parties, vacations, and general enjoyment of time off work. Unfortunately, this additional traffic increases the likelihood of being involved in an auto accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a 20% increase in accident-related deaths at the end of the year, with many of these involving an intoxicated driver. As the holidays quickly approach, take measures to ensure safety for you and your loved ones.

How to Stay Safe on the Road
Extra precautions are wise once the holiday season officially kicks in. Follow these four rules to avoid an auto accident:

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t drive while tired or distracted.
  • Drive defensively
  • Be patient.

What to Do After an Accident
Despite the best precautions, accidents can happen. When they do, it’s important to know which steps to take. Review these helpful tips outlining what to do after an accident:

  • Stay calm. Though easier said than done, remaining calm after an accident can make a world of difference by ensuring you don’t miss any important steps.
  • Check safety of all involved. Medical issues after an accident are top priority. Ask involved parties if they’re okay; if unsure, always call 911. If no one is harmed, you should still call for emergency assistance, as you will need a police report detailing the incident.
  • Contact your insurance company. Once you’ve contacted the police and received an official incident report, speak with your insurance company to start the claim process.
  • Take pictures. Before your vehicle leaves the scene, take pictures of the damage to your vehicle. Make sure to snap a picture of the entire accident scene for reference.
  • Get names and contact information of witnesses. If there are witnesses, get their names and contact information in the event this information is needed later.
  • Contact an attorney. Working with an auto accident attorney can help provide peace of mind and guidance during the confusing period following an accident.

Seek Legal Help
Keeping it all together after an accident isn’t impossible if you have help. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact an attorney to discuss your options. Schedule a free consultation with Florida auto accident attorney Sinclair Law today.