Florida motorists may have heard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in 2016, a total of 37,461 people died in car crashes around the country, a high not seen since 2007, when 41,259 people died. There was a 4 percent increase in deaths caused by speeding and a 4.6 percent increase in deaths due to not buckling up, though a growing culprit, distracted driving, was actually responsible for 2.2 percent fewer deaths than the previous year.
A study sponsored by the American Automobile Association indicates that people who are shopping for cars want the latest technology, and that the technology may actually make driving more dangerous. Drivers in Florida and across the country want their vehicles to come equipped with features for hands-free calling and texting, and they want the latest in fancy dashboards. With backing from AAA, researchers from the University of Utah found that, of 30 systems examined in 2017 model cars, none required only a low level of demand on the part of drivers.
Only two states were the scene of more fatal car accidents than Florida in 2013 according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but there are steps that motorists in the Sunshine State can take to increase their chances of reaching their destinations unharmed. Experts say that reducing their speeds, fastening their seat belts and remaining alert are the best things that drivers can do to mitigate their accident risks, and this advice may especially useful to motorists who are making short trips on roads they know well.
For Florida drivers, as well as those around the country, there are strong disparities in the concept of distracted driving. Often, people are against an unsafe driving habit but believe they themselves are able to handle the unsafe habit. Such is the case with texting while driving.
Florida residents might think that speeding is more dangerous than driving slowly. While this is true in many cases, there are times when driving too slow is also risky behavior. Both reckless and overly cautious drivers can present challenges to others.
After a long summer, many Florida residents enjoy the respite that fall provides. Mild temperatures bring colorful leaves, pumpkin patches and apple cider. However, autumn also welcomes some hazardous driving conditions. For example, those bright and colorful leaves can make driving conditions slippery and hide traffic lines.
In Florida and across the United States, lives are being saved by smart collision avoidance systems equipped in modern vehicles. New research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows how early warning systems that alert drivers about sudden lane departures and other hazards have contributed to a reduction in fatalities and injuries. This longitudinal study evaluated 5,000 road traffic accidents that took place in 2015, and researchers are hopeful that auto safety technology will produce more positive results in the near future.
A 29-year-old Florida woman is facing charges after she allegedly caused a chain reaction of car accidents that ultimately resulted in three fatalities on Aug. 10. The accident took place on Selmon Expressway in Tampa.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately 6,000 fatal crashes are caused each year by drowsy drivers. While Florida drivers may not face the same stigma when they drive drowsy as they do when they drive drunk, it can be just as dangerous. Attempts to drink coffee or soda or to play loud music to stay awake may only work for a short period of time.
Higher speed limits on highways in Florida might please busy people, but they may also threaten the safety of motorists. The author of a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the repeal of the National Maximum Speed Limit, which had prompted states to disallow limits over 55 mph, has resulted in an increase in traffic fatalities. The deaths started to climb first on rural stretches of interstates and then on all sections of expressways.