Common Reasons For Car Accidents In Florida

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving. There are four types of distracted driving:

  • Visual – looking at something other than the road ( cellphones, other devices, etc)

  • Auditory – hearing something not related to driving

  • Manual – manipulating something other than the steering wheel

  • Cognitive – thinking about something else

There are many types of of negligent behavior that may cause a crash. This includes distracted driving, impaired driving, reckless driving, and not adherent to traffic and safety laws.

HOW TO AVOID DRIVING DISTRACTIONS

There there are few ways to avoid driving distractions and to be safer while on the roads. Take a look at some things you can do to avoid driving distractions.

  1. Turn off your cell phone or avoid when operating a vehicle.

  2. Get a hands-free device to call in case of emergencies

  3. Make sure children and pets are secure before operating a vehicle.

  4. Eat/Drink before or after you drive, not during.

  5. Program your GPS and Music/Radio/Media before operating the vehicle.

Note:

Motorists can be stopped and cited for texting and driving. Also, motorists can be pulled over and issued a warning for using wireless communications devices in a handheld manner in school and work zones. As of January 1, 2020, motorists can be issued a citation for not using a device in a hands-free manner in school and work zones.


IMPAIRED DRIVING

Motorists that drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol can pose a serious danger to Florida roads. Every day, 29 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING

The CDC recommends you plan ahead for any social events, and follow these guidelines:

  • Before drinking, designate a non-drinking driver when with a group.

  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired.

  • If you have been drinking or using drugs, get a ride home, use a rideshare service or call a taxi.

  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate their sober driver; offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.


RECKLESS DRIVING

Reckless driving means driving with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Reckless driving is defined in Florida Statute 316.192 . The term ‘willful’ means intentionally, knowingly, and purposely. ‘Wanton’ means that the accused drove the vehicle with a conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with the knowledge that damage was likely to be done to persons or property.

Tips to Avoid Reckless Driving in Florida

  1. Allot plenty of time to get to your final destination, and plan accordingly.

  2. Always wear your glasses or contact lenses when driving, if required.

  3. Keep road rage in check.

  4. Be aware of your surroundings.

  5. Keep a safe distance. 

  6. Don’t drive distracted.

  7. Follow traffic laws and safety rules

  8. Keep your hands positioned properly on the steering wheel. 

  9. Be respectful of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

If you have been a victim of distracted driving, impaired driving, or reckless driving, give us a call at 561-810-8448 or contact us for a free consultation.

Our attorneys handle car accident cases in all major counties in South Florida.

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