Every day, hundreds of car accidents occur in Florida. Yet some accidents are more dangerous than others and can lead to serious injuries.
In this post, we’ll tell you the factors involved in the most dangerous accidents and these factors increase the risk of serious injury or death in Florida car crashes.
This is the top reason for car crashes in Florida – and the rest of the country. Any of the following activities associated with distracted driving take the driver’s attention off the road, which can result in a serious crash.
- Applying makeup
- Making changes on the dashboard controls
- Reaching over to retrieve an item
If any of these activities led to a car crash that caused injury to you or a loved one, you may be able to file for compensation with the help of a skilled injury attorney.
Driving over the speed limit is one of the most common reasons for car crashes in general. The faster the speed at the time of impact, the greater chance that serious or fatal injuries can occur.
Driving Under the Influence
Anyone driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances can cause dangerous car crashes on Florida roads and highways.
If someone cut you off, abruptly changed lanes, or tailgated you and their behavior led to a crash, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Failing to Stop
Running a red light at an intersection can cause serious injuries or even fatalities in some Florida car crashes.
We are all prone to making driving errors, but some errors increase the risk of a dangerous crash. The most dangerous errors include not using turn signals, not using a turn lane, not obeying traffic signs, or driving the wrong direction on a one-way road.
Teenage drivers cause a large percentage of Florida car crashes. Their inexperience can lead to a greater number of mistakes. Teens are also more likely to speed, drive aggressively, and drive distracted, which can lead to serious crashes.
Tired drivers can be just as dangerous as drivers under the influence of a controlled substance. If a fatigued driver caused your crash, you may have grounds to sue for damages.
Have you ever witnessed a tire on a large truck suddenly break into several pieces and fly all over the highway? A tire blowout can cause dangerous situations if it prompts others to lose control of their vehicles or swerve to avoid the flying objects. If you were injured due to someone else’s tire blowout, you may qualify for compensation.
In some cases, manufacturer defects can lead to dangerous or fatal crashes. You must consult with a knowledgeable attorney right away if you suspect that a manufacturer defect led to your car crash, as cases against manufacturers can be complicated and difficult to win on your own.
Of course, it’s often not quite so simple that you can pinpoint the single factor that made a particular crash more dangerous. Typically, accidents will involve multiple issues. For example, speeding and being distracted. Or being fatigued and making errors. This is why it is so important to pay attention on the road and watch out for drivers who are doing anything unsafe or out of the ordinary.
About the Author:
Andrew Winston is a partner at the personal injury law firm of Winston Law. For over 20 years, he has successfully represented countless people in all kinds of personal injury cases, with a particular focus on child injury, legal malpractice, and premises liability. He has been recognized for excellence in the representation of injured clients by admission to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is AV Preeminent Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, enjoys a 10.0 rating by AVVO as a Top Personal Injury Attorney, has been selected as a Florida “SuperLawyer” from 2011-2017 – an honor reserved for the top 5% of lawyers in the state – and was voted to Florida Trend’s ”Legal Elite” and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida and one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the Miami area for 2015, 2016, and 2017.