In Florida, traffic accidents – including Florida pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, and car accidents – account for more injuries and fatalities than all other types of injuries and accidents combined. Most years, there are thousands of Florida truck accident and car accident fatalities and more than a quarter million personal injuries resulting from traffic collisions.
Several years ago, Florida had an educational campaign with the slogan “arrive alive,” to remind Florida drivers to drive defensively. Since then, there have been other campaigns and initiatives, warning drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, drunk driving, and about the importance of seat belt use. Florida truck accidents and car accidents continue to claim lives and wreak devastation, however. According to the experts, there are several things that drivers can do:
1) Avoid Florida drunk driving accidents by watching your alcohol intake. Even one or two drinks can put you over the legal alcohol limit and increase your risk of an accident. Avoid drinking at all when you know you will be driving and always have an alternate way home to ensure that you have safe options. If you have designated a driver, make sure the driver is sober before he or she drives you home.
2) Adjust your driving for the road. Construction, bad weather, poor lighting conditions, and heavy traffic all increase the risk of a Florida truck accident or car accident. When conditions are very bad or beyond your driving ability, stay off the roads. If conditions are worse than usual but still passable, use extreme caution and slow down.
3) Give trucks lots of extra room and drive carefully around them. Commercial trucks have lots of blind spots, affect your visibility of the road ahead, and have large loads which should be secured correctly (but which sometimes aren’t). Your best bet around tractor trailers and semis is to slow down and use additional caution.
4) Watch your speed. Go with the flow of traffic but do not speed. Speeding makes it almost impossible to stop in time if you suddenly notice an obstacle and need to avoid a collision. In the event of an accident, excessive speed is more likely to cause fatalities or serious injuries.
5) Carefully consider the type of car you drive. Pay attention to safety reviews and consumer reviews when buying a car. Look for cars with excellent safety ratings and contact manufacturers to encourage high safety standards. In general, larger vehicles with a 110″ or larger wheelbase are safest, followed by medium-sized cars. SUVs and small trucks are prone to rollovers while very small cars tend to have lower safety ratings.
If you have been in a Florida truck accident or other traffic accident, contact the legal team at the Flaxman Group for immediate help. the Flaxman Group has successfully helped thousands of Florida truck accident victims and has the experience and compassion you may be looking for in a Florida truck accident attorney. The Flaxman Group is proud to serve Miami, Homestead, Hollywood, and the Southern Florida area.