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Statistics show impact of speeding on Florida roads

With much legislative and media focus on curbing the impact of driving behaviors such as drunk driving or distracted driving, it can be easy for motorists in Florida to overlook the impact that speeding and aggressive driving has on making the state's roadways less safe for all motorists. In fact, recent statistics from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that speeding and aggressive driving is a major factor in a large percentage of the state's auto accidents.

Florida embracing self-driving cars in spite of accidents

The last few years has seen a number of advances in self-driving vehicle technologies. The cars themselves have left the test tracks and hit the public roads, streets and highways of Florida. In spite of considerable attention that self-driving vehicle manufacturers and operators have received as of late - thanks largely to a spate of highly-publicized auto accidents - the Sunshine State appears to remain bullish on the technology.

Florida roads among most perilous in country

When it comes to being safe on the road, Florida is not the best place for a motorist - or passenger, cyclist or pedestrian. A recent study that was conducted by the website WalletHub - the "Safest States in the U.S." - puts Florida near the bottom in almost all of the categories that were considered in the findings. Overall, the Sunshine State was ranked 46th among the 50 states with regard to the safety of its citizens.

Keyless ignitions pose risk for Florida residents

In Florida, and across the rest of the nation, dozens of people have become ill - and many have succumbed - due to the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning that was caused by cars with keyless ignitions. While this may not be the type of personal injury one would expect to be inflicted by an automobile risk, it is made deadlier exactly because it is not expected. The problem is caused by today's quieter modern engines, combined with vehicles that continue motoring even after the driver exits the passenger cabin and removes the fob.

Drugged driving could become a safety threat in Florida

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida. This is good news for people who will benefit from cannabis for the treatment of certain medical conditions, but it may increase the chance that a person will attempt to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.

Distracted driving is a serious problem in Florida

Authorities report that in Florida during 2017 there were nearly 50,000 car accidents that involved distracted driving. The numbers are sobering as distracted driving-related car accidents accounted for greater than 12 percent of all car accidents in Florida during 2017. 50,000 distracted driving-related car accidents during 2016 resulted in 220 victims killed and another 3,000 serious injuries to victims. There is a total of 137 distracted driving-related car accidents each day throughout Florida; more than five per hour.

Legal protections for victims with catastrophic injuries

Victims of car accidents and other types of traumatic accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries at the hands of negligent drivers. To help deal with the harm they have unexpectedly suffered, a personal injury legal claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

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