Over 400,000 motor vehicle accidents occurred across the state of Florida in 2018 according to data released from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Almost 35% of the crashes occurred in the southern portion of the state in large cities such as Miami.
Back in the 1970s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a program to perform crash tests with dummies as a way to determine vehicle safety. In the 1990s, this program developed the 5-star safety rating system that many drivers in Florida are no doubt familiar with. While the rating system has certainly helped improve vehicle safety, it may be falling behind the times.
Florida residents who speed quickly through red lights may be aware of red light camera programs in their communities. Red light cameras are designed to take a picture of those who run a red light. These pictures are then sent with a citation to the driver.
Florida residents are no doubt aware that distracted driving is a serious concern. Every day in this country, at least nine people die in auto accidents involving a distracted driver. Distractions are numerous: using the phone, using a navigation system, adjusting the volume on the radio, eating, drinking etc. Some avoid the dangers of handheld phone use by opting for hands-free devices, but this has its drawbacks.
Florida residents who are in the market for a new car have a wealth of choices, and many of the vehicles in dealer showrooms come equipped with innovative safety features that are designed to prevent rather than survive accidents. However, a study released recently by the American Automobile Association raises questions about just how effective semiautonomous car safety systems really are. The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, studied videos of drivers behind the wheels of cars equipped with adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist systems, and they concluded that these features could actually be causing accidents.
Drunk driving is an epidemic in Florida, as elsewhere. In fact, 30 people die in drunk driving crashes every day in this country. Many lives can be saved, though, through devices like the ignition interlock device, a breathalyzer that prevents a car from starting up if the driver is found to be intoxicated.
It is common for individuals to talk about negligence in conversations. Some may wonder how this applies in car accidents. Learning the answer can help Florida drivers to drive safer and avoid accidents. Also, it can help them to determine if they have a legal case if they are injured in a car accident.
Drivers who cause deadly two-vehicle car accidents in Florida and across the U.S. are much more likely to test positive for prescription opioid use, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. One of the study's co-authors said that the findings show America's opioid crisis is impacting traffic safety.
Statistics from the National Safety Council reveal that at least nine individuals die and about 100 are injured in the United States each day because of accidents related to distracted driving. Florida residents may be interested in learning about how artificial intelligence and visual monitoring systems may be able to attack driver distraction and reduce car accidents.
Florida motorists may not have to contend with snow that much, but they still want to be careful when driving during the winter months. It all begins with determining when one must absolutely go outside and when one can stay inside. If work or errands require one to go outside, then the first thing to do is slow down so as to not slide on patches of ice. The faster one travels, the less traction there is between the tires and the ground.