By Osborne & Francis
July 20, 2022

Florida First In Fatal Crashes

National Statistics Show Florida Ranks First in Fatal Vehicle Crashes in 2015

Cell phone use continues to be a cause of at least 25% of accidents nationwide

Between January and August 2015 there were 1441 vehicle fatalities in Florida, the highest number in the entire nation, and a 29% increase over the same time period in 2014.  This data underscores the very real need for drivers to take steps to prevent unnecessary accidents and to drive defensively at all times. The Boca Raton accident attorneys at Osborne & Associates, P.A. urge anyone who is victim of a vehicle accident to contact our firm for a thorough investigation and full evaluation of potential liability.Despite a new law and ad campaign on the Florida highways that warn of the dangers of cell phone use, there is an ongoing hazard presented by drivers who cannot resist the temptation of a call or text.  While this is just one cause of accidents, National Safety Council statistics show that 25% of accidents nationwide are caused by cell phone use. This dangerous practice is common enough in Florida to warrant electronic roadway warnings on the highways, but there is little incentive for drivers to cease talking on the phone.There are other causes of accidents in Florida due to a variety of factors, some of which include:

  • The widespread practice of violating speed limits on the long flat highways
  • Distracted driving due to eating, drinking, passengers, and in-vehicle entertainment
  • Aggressive driving and passing by commercial vehicles or 18 wheelers

Despite these factors, motorists can take the initiative to prevent injuries and avoid causing an accident on the Florida highways by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Use of seat belts and child restraints for every passenger
  • If you are out drinking, always have a designated driver
  • Familiarize yourself with car safety features such as back up cameras and cruise control
  • Never talk or text on a cell phone when driving
  • Avoid driving when tired or sleepy, and take frequent rest stops

These steps can help lower the probability of causing an accident, but it is impossible to control the actions of other drivers. Defensive driving habits can help minimize this type of tragic event, by constantly watching the movement of other vehicles, checking mirrors and anticipating traffic patterns.  However, at times other drivers will behave carelessly and could cause an accident that leaves you or your passengers injured.Anyone who has been injured in a vehicle accident should contact the Boca Raton accident attorneys at Osborne & Associates, P.A. so that we can assess any claim for compensation.  A personal injury lawsuit may be the only way to have your costs of medical care and lost income recovered. We have a long history of obtaining successful results in all types of vehicle accident cases, and take an aggressive approach when dealing with insurers or other parties who attempt to deny you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (561) 293-2600, or via email to schedule a free initial consultation.

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