There is a lot going on at any intersection where two or more Florida drivers have to coordinate the movements of their vehicles safely. Of course, the easiest and surest way for drivers to do this is to follow the rules of the road and observe traffic signs and lights. Not doing so can cause fatal motor vehicle accidents.
According to recent statistics, walking is a particularly risky activity in Florida. The state has the worst numbers when it comes to fatal pedestrian accidents, and this is by a longshot. Specifically, over the course of 10 years, over 5,430 people died because of pedestrian accidents in this state.
A previous post here discussed a recent car accident in Florida that left a young woman paralyzed from the neck down. The woman suffered spinal cord injuries to her upper vertebrae. Injuries to the upper part of the spine are typically the most severe, and most costly, of all spinal cord injuries. These sorts of injuries, which can lead to the complete paralysis of all parts of the body below the neck, constitute 14% of all spinal cord injuries.
A 22-year-old woman who was in Florida for an internship at a famous entertainment firm located in this state suffered severe spinal cord injuries in a recent car accident.
A recent study by American Automobile Association confirmed what previous studies have suggested about teen drivers, which is that their presence tends to increase the risk of car accidents.
Motor vehicles are heavily relied on. Whether it is to get to work, head to the store, pick the kids up from school or go out at night, individuals in Florida and elsewhere could be operating a motor vehicle at any hour of the day or night. For the most part, drivers operate their vehicles when they are awake, energized and focused; however, some motorists are tired, fatigued, distracted or intoxicated behind the wheel of a car. Negligent drivers can be difficult to spot, causing some to only find out that they are sharing the road with a negligent driver after a collision occurs.
Speed can be a major cause of serious and even fatal traffic accidents. The federal government's 24-year-old decision allowing states to raise speed limits over 65 miles per hour caused almost 14,000 additional fatalities in motor vehicle accidents, according to a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study.
We rely on vehicles to get around. This means that motorists in Florida and elsewhere may drive even when they shouldn't, such as when they are stressed, intoxicated or even tired. Drowsy driving may not seem as problematic as drunk driving; however, it is considered to be just as dangerous. Thus, when an overworked individual or a person who is sleep deprived gets behind the wheel, he or she could create a dangerous situation for others, even being the cause of a crash.
Whether one is operating motor vehicle or traveling in one as a passenger, every day, individuals in Florida and elsewhere are faced with various dangers on the roadways. It could be a distracted driver texting on their phone, a speeding driver with road rage, a negligent driver that failed to signal a maneuver or a drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction. When a negligent driver causes a crash, this puts the lives of those involved at risk.
As any Florida resident knows, life can get busy. In order to address these times when there is more on our to-do list than hour in the day, many multi-task. While this can be an effective way to get things done, it could result in one in a worse off condition. Take phone usage and driving, for an example. Distracted driving is a major problem in Florida and other states across the nation. It is deemed just as, if not more, dangerous than drunk driving. However, many motorists decide to grab for their phone to send a text, read an email, search the internet or make a phone call, causing an increased risk for an automobile collision.