Florida residents should know that crashes involving fire trucks, police cars and ambulances are common; they led to 37 deaths and more than 17,000 injuries in 2013. The trend continues with the first four months of 2019 already seeing the deaths of 16 emergency responders who were struck by vehicles as they helped others on the side of the road.
Since 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has been crash-testing modern two-row pickup trucks for both passenger and driver safety. Previously, it focused solely on driver safety. Florida residents should know that out of 10 pickups analyzed, eight received the highest rating of "good" for driver safety. Two, the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Frontier, received a rating of "marginal." These results are outstanding when compared to passenger safety.
The state of Nevada may introduce controversial new technology that can help law enforcement determine whether cell phone usage played a part in motor vehicle accidents. The New York legislature rejected a measure to use the technology in 2017, but the state is also considering it again. The first version of the proposal before the Nevada legislature allowed drivers' licenses to be suspended for 90 days if they would not agree to have their phones checked, but the proposal was amended to require a warrant if a driver refused.
Sleep deprivation has a strong potential to impair drivers in Florida. Traffic safety experts estimate that sleepy drivers contribute to as many as 20 percent of motor vehicle accidents. As part of its young driver education program, the Ford Motor Company has developed a "Sleep Suit" that simulates the effects of sleep deprivation.
Drivers in Florida should aim to sleep at least seven hours every night. Missing one to two hours of that within a 24-hour period, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, can nearly double one's chances for a car crash. This is why it's always critical to get enough sleep in preparation for daylight saving time.
Florida was among the states with high populations that recorded a collective 5 percent rise in pedestrian deaths during the first half of 2018. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association cited growing population as one source of the increase in traffic fatalities involving pedestrians. With more people crossing streets, the likelihood of accidents increase, but sport utility vehicles and smartphone distractions appear to be contributing to the problem as well.
Many Florida drivers will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at some time, and how they behave in the minutes immediately following a collision can have a great bearing on how their insurance claims are handled. The actions taken at the scene of a crash can also influence the outcome of car accident lawsuits. Experts say that the most important thing motorists can do after a collision is remain calm, but this can be difficult when nerves are frayed and tempers are short.
Florida residents should be aware that there are various causes of car crashes, most of them involving human error or negligence. One of the most common causes is distracted driving. This covers not just calling, texting or using a navigation system behind the wheel but also talking with passengers, eating, drinking and applying makeup.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by inattention and impulsivity. These core symptoms can interfere with one's driving, which is why ADHD patients tend to run a high risk for car crashes. Florida motorists should know about a study published in JAMA Psychiatry back in 2017 that shows how ADHD medication can help lower that risk.
If a person in Florida has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, he or she is legally drunk. At this point, there is enough alcohol in the system to make it hard to react properly to changing road conditions. Younger adults are more prone to causing drunk driving accidents that result in death as opposed to older individuals. This is generally true even if they have had the same amount to drink.