Auto accidents are a concern in every city and state across the nation. For many, the condition of the roads is a major factor in the number of crashes with catastrophic injuries and fatalities. In Florida, the roads and bridges are well-maintained. Still, there are a troublesome number of accidents in the state. This is indicative of the myriad ways in which accidents happen.
Distracted driving is a concern in Florida and throughout the United States. Given the number of people who operate vehicles as distracted drivers and the frequency of auto accidents because of this behavior, researchers examine the problem and seek solutions for it. While this is usually linked to texting and driving and using a cellphone for other purposes, there are many ways in which a driver can be distracted. That includes the technology installed in new vehicles.
Buses are a sound way to get around for people in Tallahassee and throughout Florida. The idea that using public transportation is good for safety and convenience is widespread and, in general, accurate. However, an auto accident can occur at any time and it can even injure those who are in a large and heavy vehicle like a bus. When there is a collision, people who have suffered injuries or even lost a loved one should be cognizant of the potential aftereffects from medical expenses to lost time on the job to long-term damage and death. A legal filing is a way to recover compensation for all that was lost.
As the debate continues as to whether marijuana should be legalized in Florida and many areas of the U.S. that have yet to decide on the topic, research is assessing how marijuana use impacts road safety. There is a known link between being a drunk driver and auto accidents. Driving high is assumed to be dangerous, but as the possibility of its legalization grows nearer, it is important to know the statistics. AAA has examined the subject and determined that, in 2018, drivers who were high on marijuana had double the risk of being in an accident. After an accident, people should consider whether marijuana was a factor. This can be critical when filing a lawsuit for compensation.
Since getting around in Florida generally requires driving and being a passenger in a motor vehicle, there is an inherent trust that is placed in other drivers that they will adhere to the rules of the road and behave safely and appropriately when behind the wheel. Today, that is generally considered not driving while distracted, not being under the influence and obeying all traffic laws. However, the basics still apply including stopping at stop signs and red lights and following all rules for safety. If they do not, it can cause an auto accident with injuries and fatalities. Victims must be aware of their rights to seek compensation after such a collision.
Distracted driving has been an ongoing concern in Florida. Since the state had relatively lenient laws regarding texting and driving, significant pressure was placed on lawmakers to change the way law enforcement went about its duties in stopping drivers who were texting behind the wheel. A new law was signed by the governor to allow drivers to pull vehicles over if the driver was texting. It goes into effect July 1. However, there are various concerns among drivers as to its effectiveness as the law has certain limitations. With that, a distracted driver will continue to present the risk of a car accident with injuries and fatalities.
Drivers in Florida and across the U.S. undoubtedly know the risks of being a distracted driver. Because a failure to pay attention to the road places people in jeopardy, there are campaigns and new laws being proposed to dissuade drivers from texting and driving and using their devices while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, people continue to drive distracted. One of the most common reasons given is that the call or text was work-related and important.
Floridians are used to frequent bouts of rain. They will also be likely to understand the dangers of driving when it is raining. Heavy rain can make roadways slick and people might not take the caution they should. This can result in auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. Some might be under the impression that light rain carries less risk than heavy rain. However, as new research from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society shows, even light rain substantially raises the risk for an accident. Considering this is vital to remain safe on the road. The statistics and evidence can also be an important part of a legal filing for compensation after an accident.
While first responders in Florida are expected to rush to accident scenes and assist those who have been injured in a crash, it is important to remember that law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel can be in car accidents just like anyone else. They too can suffer catastrophic injuries and death in a crash. When an accident happens, it is important for the victims to understand what they are facing in its aftermath. This is true for first responders and civilians. Having legal guidance to assess the circumstances of the accident is critical when seeking compensation in a legal filing.
It’s hard to massage the statistics from a major new insurance company survey spotlighting the alarming driving behaviors of more than 2,000 respondents.