November 8, 2016 is an important day for every U.S. citizen, but who you vote for today is not your only concern – the roads can get crazy today! The possibility of distracted motorists and speeding drivers today is higher than usual, so exercise caution today.
Dating back to 1976, on average 24 more people die in car crashes and 800 others suffer serious injuries during presidential election voting hours than on any other Tuesday in October or November, according to a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Researchers attribute the following for the increase in roadway dangers:
- More people are in a hurry to get to and from their polling venue. They may stop early in the morning before work, on their lunch break, or rush to get there after work before the polls close.
- Voters could be taking unfamiliar routes to get to their polling places.
- Emotions run high today as many people are worried about the future of the U.S. Drivers are focused more on the polls, which includes checking social media and listening to the latest elections news, when they should be focusing on driving.
If you or someone you love is involved in a car accident today, or any other time, our Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us at 352-726-0078 or contact us online for a completely free consultation.