If you are a Florida driver, you likely know that some motorists tend to be quite reckless. The state has a reputation for bad drivers, and there may be some truth behind this assumption because the state does not have as many traffic laws as other states do. This may be one of the many reasons for the high number of highway accidents and injuries.
According to a report from the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, Florida is one of the lowest ranked states for highway safety and important traffic laws. This advocacy group looks at various state laws and other factors in order to determine how safe state roads are. When rating different states, this organization looks at categories that include teen driving, child passenger safety, passenger safety, distracted driving and impaired driving.
Making Florida roads safer for everyone
According to this group, several laws that Florida lacks could vastly improve motorist safety and make it less likely that people will make dangerous choices behind the wheel. The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety group points out that Florida currently only has five traffic safety laws in place. It recommends that lawmakers introduce some or all of the following laws to decrease the number of accidents:
- Mandate the use of helmets for all motorcycle riders.
- Require children to remain rear-facing until at least the age of two.
- Increase minimum age for teens seeking a learner’s permit and unrestricted license.
- Restrict all drivers from texting or using a cell phone while driving.
While certain laws can make the roads safer, it is still the responsibility of each person behind the wheel to make smart choices when operating a motor vehicle. When a driver’s inexperience, negligence or reckless behavior causes another person harm in an accident, that individual may be liable for damages.
Victims have rights today
You do not have to wait for new laws or safer roads to pursue rightful compensation after a car accident. If you suffered physical, emotional or financial harm in an accident on Florida roads, you could have grounds to move forward with a claim that may help you recover your losses and secure recompense for damages.
A complete assessment of your case can help you understand what legal options may be available to you and how you can move forward with the appropriate course of action. You do not have to navigate the aftermath of your accident alone.