Some car accidents in Florida are nothing more than minor fender benders. Other times, however, crashes caused by human error result in serious injuries or fatalities. As for why such motor vehicle collisions occur, there are some common reasons and contributing factors.
Florida residents now have an even bigger reason to avoid long road trips during the Fourth of July weekend. It turns out that this holiday is the worst of all major holidays in the U.S. when it comes to DUI-related deaths. Fatalities totaled 1,192 between the years 2010 and 2017. Only Memorial Day came close with 1,105 deaths. The fatality rate for Independence Day was 42.4 per day, whereas Memorial Day's came to 39.5.
After a decades-long decline in motor vehicle accident deaths, 2015 saw a spike in these numbers. Florida residents should know, however, that 2017 and 2018 both saw a decrease, small though it was. There were 37,133 fatalities in 2017, which represented a 2% decrease from 2016. That number went down to 36,750 in 2018, according to a preliminary report that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released in June 2019.
Bicycle accidents often result in serious injuries and can sometimes be fatal. Lawsuits in Florida to pursue damages from biking crashes with cars raise many of the same issues as motor vehicle accidents generally. In many cases, the question of liability comes down to negligence, whether the bicyclist was negligent and whether the driver of the car's negligence led to the accident. Like motor vehicle drivers, bicyclists are obligated to obey traffic laws and other rules of the road.
The term "negligence" generally refers to failing to take care of something or someone. When it comes to legal terms, however, negligence has a precise definition that can be used to determine if a person will be responsible for damages. Learning the definition could help an individual in Florida who is considering filing a car accident injury claim.
Newly licensed teen drivers are more dangerous on the road than teens with a learner's permit, says one study from Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health. Drivers in Florida should know that the risk for a crash or near-miss with another car goes up eight months from the last three months that teens have their permit to the first three months that they have a license.
According to a Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the presence of rain, snow or ice on the road makes a fatal car accident 34% more likely. Florida residents should also know that, according to a new study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, even a light drizzle raises the risk for a fatal car crash.
Many drivers in Florida and other states are aware that driving while distracted is something they shouldn't be doing. Yet, according to a study presented by an insurance company that rewards motorists for not using their phones when behind the wheel, many drivers still routinely drive and use their devices. In fact, drivers questioned admitted to using their devices while driving about 91 minutes per week.
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.