With all of the advancements in technology and vehicle safety, there are still thousands of car accidents that occur each year in the state. Some are preventable, some are not. But, all car accidents can quickly turn to tragedy. It is estimated that 1.2 million people die each year on the world’s roads, and that number is only expected to grow – by as much as 65 percent by 2020.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled a list of what they feel are the leading causes of car accidents in the country, which also correlate with the data in the state.
Unfortunately, the last few years have seen an influx of distracted driving cases. More people are dying or being injured by distracted drivers than drunk drivers. And, distractions are not just limited to talking or texting on a cell phone, as they can also include talking to a passenger, rubbernecking, texting, putting on makeup, or even eating and drinking while driving.
Also referred to as drowsy driving, fatigue can significantly impact a person’s ability to drive safely. Drowsy driving accounts for more than 100,000 accidents each year in the United States.
The greatest risk is for drivers on the road between 11:00 pm and 8:00 am. However, it is not unheard of to find drivers that are drowsy between the hours of noon and 2:00 pm as well.
Despite the laws and harsher penalties for drunken drivers, there are still thousands of people injured each year by drunk drivers. It equates to as much as a single death for every half hour in the United States. The only way to prevent drunk driving is to not drink and drive – but there are still those who choose to do so.
Speeding is also considered reckless driving. Those that are in a hurry may occasionally speed a few miles over the posted speed limits, but that is still dangerous. There are also those that choose to ignore the posted speed limits entirely and often exceed them from anywhere from five to as much as 20 miles per hour. Speeding is a serious threat, as the injuries that occur in speeding accidents are often much more severe – if not fatal.
Aggressive driving is very common in Florida. Anyone that operates a motor vehicle in a selfish, pushy, or bold manner without regard for the safety of others is considered a reckless, aggressive driver. Just some examples of aggressive driving include:
- Verbal abuse
- Flashing lights
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Physical assaults
- Deliberately preventing another driver from moving their vehicle
- Disregard for traffic signals
- Ignoring pedestrians
- Changing lanes in an unsafe manner
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