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Nearly 20 million motor vehicles are registered in Florida and that does not include thousands of vehicles driven by out-of-state visitors and truckers. With so many drivers on the state’s roads, car accidents are inevitable. A minor fender-bender is inconvenient, but a more serious accident can be life-changing.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be struggling to decide what to do next. Insurance companies may be making it difficult for you to receive car accident compensation you need to pay your medical bills and other costs, or you may be baffled by mountains of paperwork – all made harder by your need to rest and recover from a serious injury. The car accident attorneys in West Palm Beach at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are anxious to talk to you. Call our car accident lawyers now for a free consultation.
Top Causes of Florida Car Accident Injuries
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), over 344,000 car accidents occurred in Florida in a single recent year. Nearly 150,000 of these were car accident injuries resulting from road crashes – many of them serious. A total of 2,495 accident victims lost their lives.
What causes Florida car crashes? The FLHSMV estimates that the top causes include:
- Distracted and careless driving. Drivers fail to pay attention to the road in any number of ways: by texting, eating, listening to loud music, or simply failing to pay proper attention to their surroundings. The results can be deadly. The FLHSMV estimates that 58 percent of all deaths and injuries in crashes are caused by careless or distracted driving.
- Drunk driving. Every Florida driver knows that drunk driving kills – but not everyone puts this information into practice. Drunk driving causes 15 percent of all car crash deaths and 18 percent of all car crash injuries.
- Failing to yield the right of way. Whose turn is it at a traffic signal, a stop sign, a yield sign or a crosswalk? Drivers who got the answer wrong caused 11 percent of all crash deaths in Florida in one recent year, according to the FLHSMV.
- Speeding. Speeding may involve going faster than the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, like heavy rain or fog, even if the speed limit isn’t broken. Speeding causes 12 percent of all crash deaths in Florida, according to the FLHSMV.