Thanksgiving weekend busiest travel holiday of the year for South Florida motorists

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, the South Florida car accident attorneys and staff at Hollander Law Firm would like to wish each of you a safe and happy holiday with family and friends. And given that South Florida is a leading holiday destination for family and vacationers alike, we would also like to remind you that with increased traffic congestion comes an increased risk of South Florida car accidents.

In fact, the Florida Department of Transportation anticipates that on Wednesday alone, I-95 will see more than 65,700 motorists – a nearly 50 percent spike in “normal” traffic numbers – take to the road. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be slightly less busy for travel on I-95, TCPalm reports, but, based on last year’s traffic data there will still be a jump of anywhere between 9,000-19,000 more drivers on the highway this Thanksgiving weekend.

The AAA Foundation expects this holiday seasons to be among the busiest travel holidays in years. They anticipate an 11.4 percent increase in the number of Americans traveling more than 50 miles over 2009 figures. That translates into 42.2 million travelers – 39.7 million by motor vehicle, and 1.62 million holiday fliers – who will be in transit between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.

“While Americans remain cautious with household budgets and discretionary spending amidst high levels of unemployment, many are in a better financial position this Thanksgiving than a year ago,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. “This improvement, along with a strong desire to spend time with friends and family, is expected to propel a significant increase in Thanksgiving travel.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would like to remind drivers and passengers alike that the best way to stay safe while traveling includes following these simple tips:

~ Wear your seat belt.

~ Stay off your cell phone. Leave the radio alone. Pay attention to the road.

~ Don’t drink and drive or drive while medicated. Period.

~ Don’t drive if you feel fatigued to the point where you are struggling to keep your eyes open.

~ Obey all traffic laws, especially the speed limit.

~ Share your travel plans with friends and family.