Florida residents who want to be safety-minded drivers, especially during the school year, can take the following tips into account. While they cannot prevent all accidents, they can drastically reduce the chances of one. The first things to remember are the laws regarding school buses. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus on an undivided highway.
Drivers must stop when the school bus turns on its red lights and extends its stop arm. They are also encouraged to create a 10-foot safety zone for any children getting on or off the bus. When school buses have their yellow lights on, drivers are to slow down. It’s a good idea to slow down around school buses anyway.
Drivers should be especially vigilant in school zones, around bus stops and around crosswalks because children can dart out unexpectedly. All distracting activities, like calling, texting or eating behind the wheel, are to be avoided.
Heavy traffic of any kind poses challenges, too, but drivers can remain safe by watching for cars emerging from driveways and parking lots. When possible, they should scan a block or two ahead and constantly observe the taillights of the vehicles in front. The eyes should always be moving from one side of the road to the other as well as to the vehicle’s mirrors.
In most auto accidents, both parties are to blame to some extent. Florida holds to the standard of pure comparative negligence, which means that the plaintiff can be awarded damages but will have the amount reduced based on the percentage to which he or she was at fault. To ensure the maximum settlement, victims may want a lawyer on their side. A personal injury lawyer might hire third-party experts to gather the proof against the defendant. The lawyer may then proceed to negotiations.