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Seat belts save lives even on local trips

Only two states were the scene of more fatal car accidents than Florida in 2013 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but there are steps that motorists in the Sunshine State can take to increase their chances of reaching their destinations unharmed. Experts say that reducing their speeds, fastening their seat belts and remaining alert are the best things that drivers can do to mitigate their accident risks, and this advice may especially useful to motorists who are making short trips on roads they know well.

Research has yet to fully unravel the inner workings of the human brain, but science does know that repetitive tasks are often delegated to the subconscious mind. This can be dangerous when driving on familiar roads as motorists who have realized with a start that they do not remember covering the last couple of miles can attest. When driving duties are being handled on a subconscious level, drivers are not as prepared to respond to emergency situations and less likely to see dangers looming ahead.

When motorists decide to venture out onto the roads can also influence their chances of being involved in a car crashes. Studies have found that human error is a factor in most crashes, and mistakes become more likely and accidents more common when frustrations are running high. This is why accident rates surge in the afternoon and evening hours when harried commuters are heading home.

The law requires motorists to carry auto insurance to protect other road users from their negligent actions, and the companies providing this coverage can be held financially responsible when their policy holders have caused harm to others. Experienced personal injury attorneys may understand that insurance companies generally look at litigation from a financial rather than an emotional perspective, and they may urge them to settle car accident claims quickly to avoid prolonged and costly legal battles.

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