Florida motorists may have heard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in 2016, a total of 37,461 people died in car crashes around the country, a high not seen since 2007, when 41,259 people died. There was a 4 percent increase in deaths caused by speeding and a 4.6 percent increase in deaths due to not buckling up, though a growing culprit, distracted driving, was actually responsible for 2.2 percent fewer deaths than the previous year.
However, distracted driving is still a major issue, especially with the advent of new technology. A study conducted by AAA found that vehicle touchscreen systems that allow drivers to use them while in motion are a major cause of accidents. Motorcycle deaths also rose by 5.1 percent and pedestrian deaths by 9 percent.
This trend has proven disconcerting to some who believed that numbers would drop due to various safety advances, such as automatic emergency braking, rearview cameras, and lane departure warning systems. Others believe that the trend speaks urgently to the need, supported by both automakers and the federal government, for self-driving vehicles. The House of Representatives, for example, has approved a proposal that would allow self-driving vehicles to be exempt from certain safety regulations.
From drunk driving to texting and driving, there are a myriad ways that traffic accidents can occur. People who have been injured or otherwise suffered harm in an accident caused by the negligence of another motorist often face lengthy periods of recovery. They might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages.