Florida residents might be at a greater risk of a car accident since crashes are on the rise. In 2015, traffic fatalities went up 8 percent across the country over the prior year, and in 2016, more than 40,000 people died in U.S. motor vehicle accidents.
One of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents is cars leaving the road or their lanes. This accounts for about one-third of all crashes and is often caused by distraction. Many car accidents are the result of rear-end crashes which account for as many as 30 percent of all motor vehicle accidents. These often happen because a person is following too closely behind the next vehicle. More than 10 percent of accidents are caused by people who drive blindly, such as running a red light or going around a large vehicle.
Many drivers think of themselves as very safe behind the wheel, but loss of control causes 11 percent of crashes. People tend to overestimate their skill as drivers and cause 2 percent of crashes by failing to slow on wet roads and 5 percent from taking turns at too high a speed and aggressive maneuvering. Up to 7 percent of all car accidents and more than 20 percent of fatal ones happens because a driver is drowsy, while 6 percent of pedestrian fatalities are the result of drivers making rolling stops while turning right on red.
Car accidents that are not deadly can still leave other drivers and passengers injured, often requiring a long recovery period and time off work. Injured people may struggle to cope with medical expenses and costs from lost income as well as the cost of vehicle repair. The insurance company of the driver who caused the accident may pay too little in compensation. Injured people in this situation may want to consult an attorney to see what recourse they might have.