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Stay safe during spring break

Spring break is a time when many college students let off steam by taking road trips, attending parties or otherwise relaxing before making the final push to the end of the school year. Spring break activities are notoriously famous for their use of alcohol, and as you well know, overindulgence is common among college students.

Unfortunately, this also means that spring break can become a deadly time for young adults. According to a study conducted by the University of Miami, the number of traffic accidents and fatalities spikes between the last week of February and the first week of April. As many of our own young people here in Houston look forward to their upcoming spring breaks in mid-March, the statistics cannot be ignored.

What the study found

Conducted in 2015, the study looked at traffic data from the 14 most popular spring break destinations in California, Florida, Texas and Nevada, among other states, during the weeks mentioned above. The data revealed that:

  • Accident fatalities were 9 percent higher than normal during spring break.
  • Accident victims were most likely to be under 25 years of age.
  • Out-of-state drivers and tourists were the most likely to be involved in an accident.
  • Alcohol impairment had no statistical impact on the number of accidents, though it was a factor in many of them.

Drunk driving is not the only risk

Everyone knows the risks of drinking and driving, but texting while driving is just as dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 660,000 people use cellphones or smartphones while driving, and 391,000 people are injured and 3,477 killed because of distracted driving alone.

When exploring a new city, the temptation to Google directions or respond to a text is high, but even that quick glance down can do lasting damage to you, your passengers and perhaps another vehicle.

The statistics don’t lie

These statistics don’t lie. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep yourself and your friends safe. Plan a sober ride before heading to the party or going out, whether that means choosing a designated driver or taking public transportation, a taxi or a rideshare like Uber or Lyft.

If you’re headed out on a road trip, have your passengers handle the navigation and communication. You could even try going old school and use your parents’ paper maps, just like they did on spring break. Also, make sure you rotate out who is driving every six to eight hours to avoid the very real danger of driver fatigue.

Unfortunately, even if you take all the right precautions, the propensity for an accident is still high during spring break. If you or your friends were involved in a car crash over spring break, an experienced attorney can walk you through your options for recovering compensation for your injuries and losses.

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