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How to Avoid Being in a Truck Accident This Holiday Season

Truck accidents in Homestead may be more likely during the holiday season. There are many reasons for this:

•There are more trucks on the road
•There is more traffic of all types on the road
•Trucks are making more deliveries, so they are more often
•Truck drivers are often given unfamiliar routes during the holidays, because people are ordering more things, and this unfamiliarity can lead to accidents
•Truck carriers are hiring temporary drivers for the holidays, and this can lead to less careful screening of employees
•Both truck drivers and passenger car drivers are more distracted because of the busyness of the season
•There can be more DUI accidents during this time of year, due to holiday events
•The days are shorter, and visibility can be a factor

The good news is that there are ways to prevent holiday-season truck and car accidents in Homestead or your community. According to experts, there are many things you can do:

1) Take good care of yourself. Driving distracted, tired, or unwell can increase the chances that you will be involved in a traffic collision in Homestead or your community. Don’t try to do too much during the holiday, and make sure that you get plenty of rest. If you are ill, make sure that you take time away from your holiday schedule and try to rest rather than getting in your car to complete some shopping. Do not try to multitask when driving and avoid driving if you are tired or ill.

2) Make sure your car is ready for the holiday rush. A car that handles correctly is more likely to help you avoid a collision if you need to swerve suddenly or maneuver unexpectedly in order to avoid a crash. Get a tune-up for your car and make sure that it is ready for the driving conditions. For example, if you will be traveling out of state this holiday season, make sure that you have good-quality winter tires for the trip.

3) Be especially aware of trucks on the road. There will be more trucks on the road, and you will want to be aware that these trucks may be stopping or making deliveries more often. When you see trucks around you, make sure that you stay out of their blind spots and give them plenty of room to maneuver.

4) Consider visibility. Avoid driving directly behind large trucks that block your view of the road and take steps to ensure that you can see well, even with the shorter days and rains that can happen in the winter. Make sure your headlights are in good working condition and you have glasses or contact lenses – with a recent prescription – if you need them.

If you are injured in a truck accident, contact the Homestead law offices of Flaxman Law Group to arrange for a no cost, no obligation case consultation. The attorneys at Flaxman Law Group have more than 60 years of legal experience helping plaintiffs just like you and have already successfully recovered more than $100 million on behalf of plaintiffs across South Florida. Our full-service law firm works with private investigators, expert witnesses, and other professionals to build strong cases on behalf of our clients.