Spring break normally takes place in March or April and brings dangerous conditions for many travelers; the TSA expects 65-70 million travelers this spring break alone. A recent study from the University of Miami shows that there is a significant increase in car accident fatalities at popular spring break destinations. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation.
Study from the University of Miami
The study examined different car accidents in 14 spring break destinations in seven different states, including Virginia. It found that weekly death tolls in the tourist destinations increased to approximately nine percent during spring break. It also showed that car accident fatalities with drivers under the age of 25 were more likely to be in a deadly accident than older drivers. Car accidents involving drivers from out of town were significantly higher than car accident deaths involving in-state drivers.
Drinking and Car Accidents During Spring Break
According to the CDC, excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth. The CDC warns that someone is killed every 31 minutes in a drunk driving wreck. During spring break, those numbers increase by 23 percent. A study conducted by the American College of Health estimates that the average male will drink about 18 drinks per day during spring break this year, while the average female will consume about 10 drinks. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 11 percent of people will drink to the point of blacking out.
How to Reduce Car Accidents During Spring Break?
In order to reduce the amount of car accidents during spring break, it is important for communities to figure out how to reduce the number of cars on the street. Researchers suggest that spring break destinations offer transportation incentives, such as travel vouchers for shuttle buses and rideshare vehicles.
Staying Safe This Spring Break
Paying attention while driving is the best way to stay safe this spring break. If you are driving alone or with people, you should make sure everyone has an equal amount of rest before operating the vehicle. If you or the people you are traveling with plan on drinking, it is important to designate a driver. If everyone plans to drink, be sure to arrange alternative travel plans, like cabs or rideshare vehicles.
Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Car Accidents
If you were injured in a car accident, contact one of our dedicated Virginia Beach car accident lawyers. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we will aggressively fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 757-352-2237. With an office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, Virginia, as well as North Carolina and nationwide.