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Thanksgiving Travel Can Cause Congested Roads, Increased Accidents

Thanksgiving traffic jam in November

For many people, the holidays are a time to see family and friends that may live in different parts of the country. In fact, according to the United States Bureau of Transportation Statistics,[1] there is 54 more percent traffic on the roads during the 6-day Thanksgiving travel period. This additional traffic on the roadways can often make travel more difficult and also can increase the risk of involvement in an accident. Fortunately for victims, people who are injured in traffic accidents are often eligible to recover significant financial compensation for their losses. The best way to determine whether you may be able to recover for your losses is by having your case reviewed by an experienced Clearwater auto accident lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Negligence can cause holiday travel accidents

In order to be able to recover compensation for their injuries, people injured in holiday travel accidents must be able to establish that their accident was the result of some form of negligence. Some of the more common kinds of negligence that often result in serious accidents include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Failure to properly maintain a vehicle
  • Ignoring adverse weather
  • Not stopping at stop signs
  • Failing to observe traffic signals
  • Improper lane usage
  • Distracted driving[2]

Whether an accident was the result of negligence is often a complicated legal question, so it is important for people who have been involved in an accident to have a qualified attorney review the facts of their case. In some cases, even accidents that may seem like they were unavoidable are actually the result of negligence on the part of another driver, vehicle manufacture, government agency, or other party. As a result, failing to have your case thoroughly examined by a lawyer familiar with representing people hurt in preventable accidents can result in losing significant compensation to which you are legally entitled.

What should victims do after being involved in a holiday travel accident?

People who are hurt in accidents should take steps to ensure that they will be able to recover for their losses. The first thing that anyone hurt in an accident should do is call 911 immediately. Doing so will ensure that both law enforcement and emergency medical personnel will come to the scene of the accident. In addition, if victims are able, they should document as much information about the accident as possible. The kinds of facts to document include the following:

  • The names of the other drivers involved in the accident
  • The weather conditions at the time of the accident
  • The license plate numbers of the vehicles involved
  • Insurance information from the other drivers
  • Contact information from anyone that may have witnessed the accident

Importantly, people who are involved in a wreck should go see a physician, even if they do not believe that they have been seriously injured. Doing so will ensure that your injuries are properly identified and treated, and also that an official record is generated that connects your injuries to the accident in which you were involved. Lastly, it is important to contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. Florida law places a strict time limit on how long after an accident victims can file a claim, so any delay in retaining an attorney could result potentially result in the result of your right to recover.

Call the Dolman Law Group today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Clearwater personal injury lawyers

In the unfortunate event that you are injured in a car accident this holiday season, you should retain legal counsel as soon as you can. In many instances, an attorney will be able to help you obtain significant financial compensation for the injuries and other losses you sustain. We take all of our personal injury clients on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will not have to pay anything in legal fees unless we successfully recover on your behalf. By using this type of a fee structure, we ensure that everyone has access to quality legal representation, regardless of their ability to pay. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call the Dolman Law Group today at 727-451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/auto-accidents-attorneys/

References:

[1] http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/
america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.html
[2] http://www.distraction.gov/