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.
Pedestrians are in danger of catastrophic injuries and fatalities in an auto accident in Florida and across the United States. The urgency of the problem has increased in recent years. It is now to the point that researchers are seeking out reasons as to why that is the case and are searching for solutions. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-auto accident, the reasons for the accident are important when they are considering seeking compensation in a legal filing. A legal professional is key to gathering evidence and pursuing a claim.
While there are certain driver behaviors in Florida and across the U.S. that can cause crashes like drunk drivers, distracted drivers and drowsy drivers, aggressive driving is also dangerous even though it does not get as much attention. Researchers who examine the causes of auto accidents seek to find a connection between how a driver is behaving and the crash. A recent study from GasBuddy indicates that Florida has some of the most aggressive drivers in the country. People who are in an accident and have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident should know about this issue.
These days many of us in Florida may often wonder just how we got by without a cellphone. We use our cellphones to make calls, send text messages and emails, as navigation systems, to watch videos, to catch up on our social media accounts and more. It is truly amazing just how far cellphone technology has come in the last few years.