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Gee, the Traffic is Terrific – December Driving Accidents in Florida

December 20, 2018

car accident in the winter Fort Lauderdale, FL

2017 marked the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end travel, with some 97.4 million people driving on a trip, and there’s no indication of a change in 2018. What’s more, Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale all landed in AAA’s top 10 holiday travel destinations.

Combine the 14 million licensed drivers on Florida roadways every day with more Floridians taking time off work for the holidays, plus the massive influx of December visitors, and it’s no surprise that Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System – or auto accidents three out of the last five years (2013-2017).

If you happen to end up injured by a holiday run-in on our roadways, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate your next steps. In the meantime, although there is no way to prevent every accident, the following safety tips will greatly reduce your risk of becoming another December driver statistic in Florida.

Before You Hit the Road in Florida

Whether you’re shopping local and celebrating at home or road-tripping this season, there are a couple of simple steps you can take to make getting on the roadways safer and overall more pleasant:

While You’re Driving in Florida

So, you’ve packed up the car, you’ve checked the roads, and you’ve already set your route. A few more pointers for the trip, and you’re at minimum risk for a December accident:


Most of these tips, you’ve likely heard before, but each year we see the statistics, and we just can’t stress it enough – play it safe on the roads in December. A few minutes preparing will go a long way in getting you to your destination in one piece. Happy holidays!

About the Authors:

A partner at Ben Murphey tries complex disputes that include civil appeals, maritime and admiralty claims, wrongful death, and labor disputes. Mr. Murphey has been recognized for his excellence in the area of personal injury litigation by being rewarded with a 10/10 Avvo Rating and named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the last four consecutive years (2011-2014). Mr. Murphey regularly tries cases in state and federal courts around the country, being admitted to practice before all Florida courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.