Statistically, Florida is one of the most dangerous states to drive in. The National Safety Council (NSC) reported nearly 1,500 car accident-related deaths across the state from January to June 2015. This makes Florida one of only three states (the others are Texas and California) to suffer over a thousand car accident deaths over that six month period. This was a 30 percent increase in car accident deaths from the same time period in 2014.
Top Florida Car Accident Causes
Farah & Farah has represented car accident victims and their families for decades. In that time, we’ve noticed patterns concerning the most common causes of Florida car accidents. These include:
With the increase of people using cell phones while driving, distracted driving has become the leading cause of Florida car accidents. Making phone calls, texting, and checking messages are only one type of distracted driving. Other actions like eating, grooming in the rear view mirror, and not paying attention to the road can all cause serious accidents.
For decades, speeding was the leading cause of car accidents. Now that cell phones and distracted driving have taken over the lead, speeding has fallen in to second place. But this doesn’t mean that speeding is any less dangerous than ever. The faster a vehicle is going, the less reaction time a driver has.
The NSC reports that about 300,000 people drive drunk on American roads each day. This makes drunk driving one of the leading causes of accidents nationwide. In Florida, where we have hundreds of colleges and are the capital of Spring Break, drunk driving is a real problem. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 25. Drunk driving is a major contributor to this.
Actions like changing lanes without signaling, tailgating, or driving aggressively lead to car accidents every day across Florida. These negligent actions put not only the driver in danger, but also other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
Farah & Farah has successfully represented Florida car accident victims and their families for over 35 years and won many of them significant settlements. To get the settlement you deserve, call (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.