The recent surge in distracted driving accidents in Florida and around the country is often blamed on cellphone use, but research from the American Automobile Association reveals that using the sophisticated navigation and entertainment technology found in most new vehicles can be just as distracting for drivers. The organization's Foundation for Traffic Safety arrived at this conclusion after evaluating the electronics systems in vehicles manufactured by Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda and Kia.
Florida residents probably know that things can get hectic on holidays, but they may not know that the deadliest of all the nation's holidays is the Fourth of July. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and Esurance, it is the single worst day for fatal car crashes. Between 2007 and 2011, drunk drivers caused 40 percent of all highway deaths between June 30 and July 4. The same five-day period also sees around 200 traffic deaths each year.
Smartphones provide drivers in Florida with so many distractions that they are becoming a major influence on car crash rates. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon each offer a free app that can silence all incoming communications and prevent drivers from texting while the car is in motion, but these capabilities can be inadequate in stopping distracted driving. This is where two new devices come in.
People in Florida have an obligation to stop after any kind of motor vehicle accident, even a minor one. Although emotions often run high after a wreck, people should refrain from discussing liability at the scene of accidents. Automobile insurance contracts require policy holders to never assume any kind of responsibility. Liability will be determined by the insurance company or other parties.
Pedestrian deaths throughout Florida and the rest of the country have increased by 46 percent since falling to a record low in 2009. Furthermore, researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have discovered that the number of pedestrians struck and killed by SUVs rose by an alarming 81 percent during the same period. Other studies have found that pedestrian deaths are especially high in poorer areas. Detroit, which has experienced a lot of urban decay in recent years, is now the most dangerous city in America for pedestrians.
Florida drivers often see other people on the road who are distracted by their phone while behind the wheel, and these distractions can sometimes lead to car accidents. According to Everdrive, distracted driving is a pervasive problem across the United States.
Florida drivers probably don't daydream about being in car accidents. However, that's exactly what could happen if drivers let their minds wander while they're behind the wheel.
Distracted driving accidents in Florida and around the country claimed the lives of 3,477 road users in 2015, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies suggest that about 660,000 drivers use mobile electronic devices during daylight hours. While smartphones and vehicle information, entertainment and navigation systems are considered by most road safety experts to be the primary cause of the alarming increase in distracted driving accidents, researchers have found that speaking with passengers is even more distracting for motorists.
Florida drivers who are awaiting autonomous vehicles may be interested to learn that, according to a computer professor, the way these vehicles are programmed may not be safe. The problem potentially lies in the fact that the programs have human teachers. As a result, the cars are essentially learning how to drive like humans.
In Florida and across the United States, roadway safety is both a significant issue for drivers as well as a major public policy concern. Car accidents can be the cause of major property damage, severe personal injuries and even fatalities. A report by the National Governors Association aims to provide advice to state governors about action steps that can help reduce the risk of car accidents, injury crashes and roadway fatalities in their states. In particular, the report emphasizes the role of governors in coordinating statewide efforts to improve safety.