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.
Many Florida drivers prefer new cars because they have greater faith in the safety and integrity of the vehicles. They trust that they and their loved ones will receive greater protection from an injury in case of a crash. However, some experts say that the safety rating system for cars in the United States is outdated and does not capture all of the information that people need to truly judge the effectiveness of safety technologies. The five-star safety rating used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was developed from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Multi-vehicle crashes, like other accidents, almost always involve the negligent action of one or more drivers. This makes it possible to establish fault and even determine the degree of that fault. It's not easy, but Florida residents can benefit from knowing how the process might go.
Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Florida drivers need to make sure that they are alert and aware of their surroundings while behind the wheel, which will help them to avoid accidents.
A Florida man was killed in an accident on Jan. 17 after driving the wrong way on the Don Shula Expressway in Miami. Around 2 p.m., an officer called in to report a Volkswagen sedan that was going north on the expressway's southbound lanes. The officer then turned around to try to pursue the vehicle.
An accident on the Interstate 275 Howard Frankland Bridge left one person dead and one person with serious injuries. The bridge also had to be closed in one direction for hours while authorities investigated the accident.