Avoiding Common Car Accident Causes in Florida

car accidentsStatistics show that most people will be in at least one auto accident in a lifetime, but these collisions occur for various reasons. For some, it’s because of a distracted or speeding driver, and for others, poor road conditions are to blame. Knowing the most common causes of auto accidents can help families avoid these situations when possible. However, when an accident can’t be avoided, it’s time to call the Miami FL personal injury attorneys at Buchalter, Hoffman & Dorchak.

Speeding

In Florida, speed limits are set to help drivers get places safely. When a driver chooses not to obey the posted speed limit, they’re more likely to be involved in an accident. Speeding makes it very difficult to safely navigate turns or to react to sudden events. Avoid a collision by obeying the speed limit at all times.

Failing to Obey Traffic Signals

Red light runners cause numerous crashes on Florida’s roads each year. When a driver is traveling at high speed and has the right of way, they may not expect someone else to run a stop sign or a traffic light. Avoid a serious or even fatal side-impact crash by heeding traffic signals and reading signs.

Texting and Other Forms of Distracted Driving

In the state of Florida, texting while driving is illegal. An officer cannot pull someone over just for texting and driving, but they may issue a citation if they see a driver texting and committing another traffic infraction. Other distractions include talking to passengers, eating or drinking, or even changing the radio station. To minimize the chances of an accident, pay attention to the road.

Intoxicated Driving

In Florida, if a person drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are breaking the law. When a person drives impaired, they’re not able to react as quickly to changing road conditions. Over 10,000 people die in DUI-related crashes each year in the US, and to avoid becoming a statistic, always designate a sober driver.

The Miami FL personal injury attorneys at Buchalter, Hoffman & Dorchak can help victims navigate Florida’s complex auto accident laws. Although Florida is a no-fault state, the team can help a victim file a claim against an at-fault driver. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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