Driver Distraction Causes Florida Car Accidents

April 24, 2009

The proliferation of the automobile has revolutionized the way Americans live, work, and play.  Every summer, millions of parents and kids eagerly drive off into the sun on a four wheeled adventure to an exciting vacation destination. From the fantastical wonderland of Disney World to the beautiful, sunny beaches of Miami, Florida  offers countless delights to roaming road trippers.

However, with convenience and freedom comes great responsibility. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, there are more than 250,000 Florida car accidents annually. In 2007, over 3,200 Florida drivers lost their lives in traffic fatalities. More than 212,000 people were injured.

According to an article in the New York Times, there is surprisingly little data on the actual causes of car accidents.  Beyond the obvious causes such as speeding, running red lights, and drunk driving, it is difficult to determine what causes auto crashes. One of the few available studies, conducted by Virginia Tech, found that nearly 80 percent of crashes are caused by distractions that cause the driver to look away for less than 3 seconds. Driver drowsiness accounts for 20 percent of accidents.

If you are concerned about the health and safety of your family, you should take preventive measures to mitigate the risk of harm:

  1. Ensure every passenger is wearing a securely fastened seatbelt
  2. Keep both hands on the steering wheel
  3. Take your car in for regular maintenance, including brake check ups
  4. Check your blind spots before changing lanes
  5. Always scan the road ahead
  6. Leave plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you
  7. Don’t text or use a cell phone while driving

Despite the best preventive habits, even a skillful driver may have a car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, the consequences may be life changing.

According to Joseph M. Maus, an AV – Rated South Florida lawyer specializing in Florida car accidents,  car accidents can result in serious injury or death, large medical bills, lost wages, and personal/marital stress.  The emotional stress and financial burdens caused by car accidents in Florida can be overwhelming and tragic especially in this economy.

If you or your loved ones suffer personal injury or damage to your property, a Florida car accidents lawyer can help ensure that your rights are respected and your interests are protected. In the case of an injury, an attorney can help you recover your damages against anyone who might be responsible for your injuries. If you have lost wages or incurred large medical expenses, this might be a great financial relief. An lawyer can also help negotiate with insurance companies, when professional representation can prevent you from being taken advantage of.

For more information about Florida car accidents, contact the Florida auto accident lawyers at Joseph M. Maus, P.A.at 1-866-556-5529 or email them today.


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