As American colleges release their students for the annual "Spring Break", hotspots around the country prepare for the influx of excited, fun seeking college and high school kids.
This influx of energy and adrenaline can sometimes turn ugly, or even deadly. According to a study by University of Miami researchers, "Fast Times During Spring Breaks: Are Traffic Fatalities Another Consequence?", there has been as much as a 9% increase in traffic and car accidents, directly attributed to out-of-state drivers under the age of 25.
What could be some of the causes?
- Unfamiliar territory
- Too much excitement in the vehicle, causing distractions
- Driving too fast
- Loud music in the car
- And of course, the possibility of drug and alcohol use.
Although the study does not present a single source as the primary driver of the increase in auto accidents with injuries or fatalities, the increase is there and we need to be aware and prepare accordingly. An injury or fatality as a result of an accident during spring break, or any other time, could certainly ruin your life.
If you live in an area that is affected by the influx of spring breakers, be extra careful, avoid high traffic areas in the tourist hot spots, and be courteous to all drivers. You don't want to be part of the statistic.
If you or a loved one has been killed or injured in an auto accident in a spring break area of Texas, or even and accident involving an 18-wheeler, you have rights. And those rights need to be protected and defended. It is important that the victims of auto accidents and 18-wheeler accidents have the best available resources to them. Make sure that you are represented by an experienced personal injury attorney that can represent you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for their accident injuries and / or loss of life. At The Leon Law Firm, our job is to get to the bottom of the facts and hold those responsible for your injuries accountable for their wrongdoings.