The Three Top Causes of Car Accidents in Florida
A majority of automobile accidents in the State of Florida have common factors with those across the United States. To be sure, many can be avoided by being more cautious while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car crash takes place in the United States every 10 seconds. Unfortunately, every 12 minutes someone dies in one of those car accidents. When you examine the leading causes of car accidents, it is easy to ascertain that drivers are the biggest threats to themselves as well as other drivers.
Below are the three leading causes of car crashes in Florida, and some simple steps to take to prevent them:
Distracted Driving: In today’s world, people cannot put their cellphones down. Regrettably, cellphones are a big distraction for drivers, and they greatly take away the attention of those behind the wheel. Cellphones are considered the worst distractions of all, because they can take away drivers’ visual, mental and motor attention levels.
Additionally, talking with passengers, eating, drinking, changing radio stations, or putting on makeup are all common ways drivers get distracted. Distractions greatly impact a driver’s focus and ability to concentrate on the road.
While driving, drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. Even sometimes both of the above are not enough, especially in cases where the driver is unfocused mentally. Distracted driving accidents are particularly unfortunate, because they can easily be avoided by simply paying attention while driving.
Speeding: Almost every driver at one point has driven above the speed limit before, this may have been consciously or unconsciously. When drivers are running late, driving long distances or excited about reaching their destinations, drivers have a greater tendency to speed. Nevertheless, speeding increases the chances of getting into a car crash. When speeding, it usually takes much longer to stop or slow down in order to avoid an accident. Speeding gives drivers less time to react and often makes the impact of the crash much worse.
It is crucial for drivers to maintain the posted speed limit. Also, drivers should always make certain that there is plenty of space between them and the vehicle in front.
Drinking and Driving: Alcohol greatly impairs drivers’ abilities to make smart choices and makes their reaction times much more sluggish. Drinking and driving is a complete recipe for disaster. Although most drunk drivers know they should not drive, too many still make the choice to get behind the wheel. Driving while drunk not only places your life in jeopardy, but also the lives of everyone around you.
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At Roman & Roman, we know that being involved in an automobile accident, especially when it is at no fault of your own, can be a very terrible ordeal. However, with the right law firm representing you every step of the way, you can focus on getting better, while we manage your case.
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