There are 14.6 million licensed drivers in the state of Florida, making ours the state with the third-highest percentage of legal drivers. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department reports that there are around 650 auto accidents in our state every day, accounting for approximately 200,000 car accidents yearly. Many of these result in serious injury. Approximately 3,000 every year result in death.
The top causes of car accidents in Florida include:
- Distracted Driving. The #1 cause of car accidents nationally, distracted driving includes cellphone use, eating or drinking, personal grooming, and anything else that takes your eyes off of the road
- Failure to Follow the Rules of the Road. This includes things like speeding, unannounced lane changes, ignoring traffic signs and signals, and aggressive driving
- Intoxication. Drunk driving injures and kills thousands of Floridians every year. Equally dangerous are marijuana, opioids, stimulants, and tranquilizers
- Weather Conditions. Rain, wind, and events like hurricanes make driving very dangerous
You play a role in preventing these accidents. Pay attention to the road. Stay awake and sober. Follow the rules of the road, and drive extra carefully during adverse weather events. These steps can help prevent your causing an accident and may even help you avoid one being caused by someone else.
What to Do If You’re Injured
If you are injured in a car accident, you should contact an attorney right away. The sooner you have a lawyer looking into your case, the easier building an effective case may be.
Your attorney will review your accident to help establish liability. He or she will also work to shield you against insurance companies as they seek fair compensation through swift legal action. Having a lawyer on your side offers peace of mind and can help ensure your best interests are being served.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident in Florida, please call Kelleher Law at 239-351-2681 and schedule your free case review right away. We have offices in Ft. Myers and Naples. We serve victims of serious injury from all surrounding areas.