According to the most recent data, Florida has the third-highest rate of car accidents in America. This is due to increased construction in Florida and the distraction of cell phones. It’s not hard to see why accidents continue. A rising number of retired drivers means that Florida has drivers between 15 and 90 years old sharing the roads.
How To Stay Mindful While Traveling:
- Highway accidents are common because of the high speed at which many cars travel. Always be aware of your surroundings, and double-check before changing lanes.
- Intersections marked with flashing or blinking turn signals can be a dangerous spot for car-to-car collisions as well as collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists. Make smart decisions at intersections by keeping your eyes open.
- On Saturday nights, there is an increase in accidents
- Alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 839 fatal car accidents in 2017.
- The difference between life and death can be made by using a seatbelt. Seatbelts can reduce serious injury risk by 50% and fatalities by 45%, respectively.
- The highest number of distracted driving-related fatalities in drivers under 20 years of age is reported.
- If a teen has only one passenger, the risk of a fatal accident double. The risk of a fatal crash increases five-fold if there is more than one passenger.
- Weather-related accidents are most common in wet conditions.
- Florida was third in 2016 for the most car accident deaths, after California and Texas.
- In the first six months of 2019, there were 172,565 injuries.
Jenkins Law wanted to share some tips to help you and your loved ones get on the road. Contact us if you have been in an auto accident in Florida.
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a car accident attorney in St Petersburg. She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.
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