A couple of years ago, Time magazine reported the results of a study which found that traffic accidents – and fatal traffic accidents in particular – increase significantly in “spring break hot spots” between February and April. The authors of the study also concluded that, “there was no increase in traffic fatalities in non-spring break destinations,” and that fatality rates in spring break destinations (including various parts of Florida) were particularly high among out-of-state drivers under the age of 25.
Unfortunately, it seems that this trend is continuing. This year, there have been numerous reports of vehicle collisions involving both in-state and out-of-state spring break travelers. While many of the victims have been college students, mothers and fathers have been among those seriously and fatally injured as well.
Common Factors in Spring Break Vehicle Collisions
What explains this increase in vehicle collisions during spring break? We see a number of possible factors:
- Alcohol Consumption – While the Time-reported study did not find a significant difference between alcohol-involved and non-DUI accidents, it is no secret that many people overconsume during spring break. With more inebriated drivers comes a greater risk for dangerous and deadly collisions.
- Increased Traffic – Likewise, the simple fact of more cars being on the road means that there is an increased likelihood that accidents are going to occur. In heavy traffic, drivers are also more likely to get frustrated, drive aggressively and take risks that can lead to accidents.
- Driving Distractions – Spring break is about spending time with friends and family, and this means that many cars, trucks and SUVs headed for the beach are loaded with passengers. Passengers can create distractions, and this in turn can lead to an increased risk of accidents. Drivers looking to meet up with other beach and partygoers can get distracted by phone calls and text messages as well, while taking photos, using social media and trying to follow GPS directions are all added distractions that can take drivers’ eyes and minds off of the road.
Spring break can – and should – be fun, but not at the expense of others. Dangerous drivers who cause accidents need to be held accountable, and those who are suffering due to others’ reckless mistakes deserve to be fairly compensated. The consequences of a serious car accident can go far beyond repair bills, emergency room costs and the hassles of dealing with the insurance companies. In fact, the long-term financial and emotional effects of a traumatic accident will usually be far greater than the immediate costs for victims and their families.
Contact the Destin Car Accident Lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell, P.A.
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident during spring break, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about your legal rights. Our attorneys have decades of experience in insurance settlement negotiations and litigation, and we can help make sure you receive just compensation for your losses. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, call Powell, Powell & Powell, P.A. at (850) 682-2757 or get in touch online today.