Spring break is in full effect at high schools and colleges around Las
Vegas and other areas of the country. This means more students will be
letting off some steam with parties, vacations, and get-togethers. For
residents in popular tourist destinations - including those who call Las
Vegas home - the influx of spring breakers could make public roads and
highways just a little more dangerous, according to a new study.
One of the researchers behind the study - a Health Economist at the University
of Miami - noticed an increase in distracted drivers on the road during
Spring Break. He teamed up with other researchers to determine whether
cities that attract Spring Breakers see more auto accidents.
Here’s what researchers noted:
- The study analyzed traffic crash statistics from 14 Spring Break hotspots
and correlated the data with national traffic fatality data.
- Researchers found that across all 14 popular Spring Break destinations,
there was a roughly 9% increase in traffic deaths. March experienced the
highest concentration of fatal accidents.
- Researchers also noted an uptick in traffic accidents, citations, and deaths
involving younger and out-of-state drivers, which suggest Spring Breakers.
- Contrary to expectations, alcohol was not found to be a significant factor
in traffic accidents during Spring Break. Researchers suggest distracted
driving as the primary culprit - i.e. more Spring Breakers traveling in
the same car and driving while using a cellphone - and fatigue as another
At Shook & Stone, our accident lawyers have worked with many tourists
and locals who were injured in
auto accidents during times known for celebration, including Spring Break. We remind
everyone who plans on enjoying themselves in the area this week to drive
safely and obey the rules of the road.
For more information about filing a personal injury claim after being in
an accident you did not cause,
contact our legal team today for a free case evaluation.