Florida’s Top Three Dangerous Driving SituationsTampa Bay Legal News
It can feel like a member of your family. Some people name them, others adorn them with stickers, and some are meticulous in their cleaning and maintenance. It’s your car and you love it. It gets you where you want to go, from buying groceries to taking your family on an amazing summer road trip, it’s important to you. For most people, seeing the family car as something dangerous that is capable of a massive amount of destruction is not a connection easily made.
Large, fast-moving, and heavy, our cars become deadly weapons when we drive them recklessly or carelessly. As published by the Association for Safe International Road Travel, every year, vehicle collisions kill roughly 37,000 people in the United States and cause serious injuries to another 2.35 million.
Much too frequently, driver negligence and driver error cause fatal car crashes. Listed below are the top three most dangerous things done behind the wheel that typically end in fatal or catastrophic accidents.
Driving While Distracted
Most people are astonished to find out that distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents, outperforming even driving under the influence according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In an effort to curb the distracted driving epidemic, Florida legislators have enacted laws that make it illegal to text and drive and established penalties that are designed to deter this activity.
Driving While Under the Influence
Driving while you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol should register immediately as being dangerous (not to mention illegal), however, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, thousands upon thousands of Americans continue to be involved in drunk driving accidents every year. The consumption of alcohol doesn’t just undermine your ability to drive but also how you respond to what is going on around you and your ability to competently handle a potentially life-threatening situation.
Driving While Drowsy
Driving when you are tired might seem like a foregone conclusion after a grueling workday or a sleepless night, but it could jeopardize not only you but everybody around you as well. Anytime someone is sleep deprived, their reaction time is decreased and they could very easily fall asleep behind the wheel. Driving when you are drowsy raises your odds of being involved in a serious, or even deadly car crash. To prevent drowsy driving accidents, pull off the road at a safe place, lock your doors, and get some rest.
As with every kind of personal injury case, the endless number of variables makes your claim unique. This is just one of the many reasons why hiring a skilled attorney is beneficial to your Florida personal injury claim. Your attorney will know the most thorough and efficient way of collecting vital evidence that proves you were not at fault for the accident. Establishing this fact is essential to the success of your Tampa personal injury case.
If you have sustained injuries during any kind of accident that was caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, there is evidence out there that will substantiate your claim. A reputable personal injury attorney from Fulgencio Law will be able to help you. Call us at (813) 463-0123 to schedule your free Tampa personal injury consultation today.