Snowbird Season In Florida Sees A Rise in Number Of Car Accidents.
Colder weather in the Northern parts of the United States and Canada in the months of November through April cause an annual migration of people to warmer states in the South, including Florida. The increase in the number of drivers on the road in Florida during these months creates new and dangerous hazards on Florida roadways, both for Florida residents, and our temporary visitors.
Florida sees a 4.9 percent increase in car accidents annually between November and December, while there is little change in the weather locally. The most common cause? The surge of additional, temporary drivers on Florida's roadways during the winter months.
Travelers, Tourists, and Snowbirds Flood Florida Road
Travelers and tourists are not the cause of the accidents themselves, but they do cause of more traffic—and with more traffic comes more car accidents. A combination of unfamiliarity with surroundings, combined with busier roadways means more opportunities for accidents to occur.
There are common sense ways to protect yourself during these busier months on Florida roads:
- Take your time and drive the speed limit;
- Maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you at all times;
- Do not swerve in and out of traffic, and do not try to squeeze into a narrow opening;
- Do not make unnecessary passes of other cars in traffic;
- Check your blind spots before changing lanes; and
- Avoid cars that are driving too slow.
Contact An Orlando Car Accident Lawyer
As a Florida resident, sharing the roadways with out of state drivers that are unfamiliar with our area is a way of life. That does not mean, though, that you have to suffer if you are injured in an accident with someone from out of state. If you were involved in a car accident in the Orlando area that was caused by someone else's actions or inactions, reach out to the knowledgeable car accident lawyers at The Cerasa Law Firm. Our team can help to make sure that you obtain the compensation you need to cover the cost of property damage and, if necessary, personal injury damages. Call 407-995-6770 to schedule a free consultation today.