Every day in this country, two people are killed by drivers who run a red light. Florida residents should know that red-light runners impact the lives not only of other drivers but also of pedestrians and bicyclists. In a study of red-light running crashes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the number of deaths arising from such crashes reached a 10-year high in 2017: 939 people were killed.
Florida residents may drive drowsily on occasion, but they should be aware that this can be as dangerous as driving while drunk or impaired by drugs. Fatigue can easily cause drivers to lose focus, make bad judgment calls and react slowly to dangers. Residents should be aware that drowsy driving is not only dangerous but also the cause of more car crashes than was previously thought.
Subaru Crosstreks are at fault for 25.81% of all auto accidents that take place in Florida and the rest of the U.S., according to a survey from Insurify. The Crosstrek is responsible for more crashes than any other vehicle. The auto insurance comparison site has revealed nine other vehicles that cause a disproportionate number of accidents.
A AAA study from 2018 analyzed video footage of drivers just before they were in an accident, and based on that, researchers concluded that 9.5% of all accidents are caused by sleepy drivers. Residents of Florida should be aware of just how dangerous it is to be drowsy behind the wheel. They should also know how the dangers can be sidestepped.
Unsafe driving due to the use of technology is most often associated with young drivers in Florida and other states, but research from the AAA shows that older drivers are more likely to be distracted by technology when driving. When performing actions like tuning the radio, adjusting navigation or making a phone call, drivers between the ages of 55 and 75 took their eyes off the road an average of eight seconds longer than drivers between 21 and 36.
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.