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Driver Risk Prevention Can Help Decrease Florida Auto Accidents

May 29, 2009

With over 6.4 million auto accidents occurring in the U.S. every year, drivers everywhere should be cognizant of the role that driver behavior plays in crashes. According to a study done in 1985, driver error, intoxication, and other human factors contributed to about 93% of all accidents. Florida auto accidents follow much the same pattern. Ironically, studies confirm that most drivers believe themselves to possess above average driving skills and that most other drivers were inferior drivers. These paradoxical findings may explain much about the state of road safety today and what can be done to improve it: most drivers are overconfident of their abilities and are unlikely to focus on managing one of the largest risk factors of auto collisions.

In the study of driving behavior, demographic differences in risk profiles are striking. While young drivers have the best reaction times, their attitudes and behaviors place them in more dangerous situations than other drivers. Conversely, older drivers have slower reaction times, but tend to drive less frequently and more cautiously, reducing the frequency of Florida auto accidents and accidents across the county.

Though we often take driving for granted, it is a demanding and complex task that requires the systematic processing of information and the timely execution of the least risky decisions.  Most driver education focuses on teaching how to mechanically operate a vehicle. If drivers spent more time studying and building safe driving habits, accidents could be reduced and damage to life and property could be minimized. One study compared the accident and violation rate of racing drivers, who have a high level of technical skill, with average drivers. The results indicated that despite their high skills, the racing drivers were involved in more accidents and violations. It is apparent from this study that reducing Florida auto accidents and those across the country depends less on raising skill levels and more on improving decision making and attitudes towards risk.

Important safe driving habits include risk prevention and space management. According to the National Institute of Driving Behavior, there are 7 vital components to driver risk prevention:

  • Social Wellness
  • Visual Awareness Skills
  • Information Processing and Decision Making
  • Risk Prevention Management
  • Vehicle Control
  • Vehicle Correction Skills
  • Desire for Excellence

Most of the time, people get into their car and drive without much thought. They don’t think about getting into possible auto accidents in Florida or other areas of the county because they believe they are very safe drivers. However, statistics show that we should all take driving more seriously. We need to engage in less risky driving behaviors (texting and using cell phones while driving, for example) and should be aware of our own overconfidence.

For more information about Florida auto accidents, contact the Florida auto accident lawyers at Joseph M. Maus, P.A.at 1-866-556-5529, visit their website at http://www.jmmmlawyers.com, or email them today.

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