You were heading home from work and you were -- admittedly -- speeding a little. The weather was great, the roads looked free of traffic and you were just anxious to be home. Then, a driver on a cross street shot through a red light and slammed into the side of your vehicle.
Ever since you were injured in a car wreck with a distracted driver, you've been frustrated. Despite the pain of your injuries, your time lost from work and all the trouble, the insurance company has dragged its heels. They have seemed utterly indifferent to your claim.
In mountainous or wooded areas, it's common to hear about drivers seeing deer in the road -- but you don't often hear about an iguana causing a wreck.
Every state follows its own rules when it comes to personal injury claims. Florida is one of the few states that has what's commonly called "no-fault" rules for car wrecks. Injured drivers are generally expected to pursue compensation for their injuries from their own insurance companies first before seeking compensation from the other party.
A motor vehicle accident is always a shock to your system. They're scary -- and they happen very fast. In the aftermath, it's hard to get your bearings and keep your mind on what's important.
Florida residents who own a car with driver-assist technology should know that the features have been put under much scrutiny by regulatory bodies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Studies have shown that driver-assist systems are causing drivers to over-rely on them and become inattentive. Many are unaware that the systems provide only Level Two automation and not Level Five. In other words, the cars are not self-driving.
Self-driving cars are making most people in Florida and across the U.S. apprehensive. AAA conducted a survey at the start of 2020 asking motorists if they would feel safe riding in such a vehicle, and only 12% answered that they would. In addition, 28% also said they don't know what to think about the technology. What respondents said they wanted to know and what they said would relieve their doubts about self-driving cars should be carefully noted by automakers.
Every year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles releases data on motor vehicle accidents in the state. This report is designed in part to make road users aware of the risks that they can often face. The 2019 statistics have now been made available. During that year, there were more than 390,000 crashes, and nearly one-third occurred in Miami-Dade county and other parts of South Florida.
Car accidents are the most common cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 29. In Florida and across the country, car accidents result in more than 3,000 fatalities every day. Among the primary causes of car accidents is distracted driving. During the year 2017, car crashes with distracted driving involved claimed the lives of 3,166 people, accounting for 8% of the total number of traffic deaths that year. Distracted driving includes anything that takes the driver's attention away from the immediate task of driving.
Residents of Florida may remember how late they would sleep in as teenagers. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, teens sleep long and late due to changes to their circadian rhythm; those aged 13 to 18 need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep every day. With schools starting early, though, some teens cannot achieve this, which means a higher risk for unsafe behavior when on the road, including drowsy and distracted driving.