The rate of automobile related fatalities in the United States is at an all-time low. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2008 highway death count dropped by 9.7% from the 2007 figure. That being said, the number stands at 37,261 automobile fatalities last year alone. And yet, hundreds of thousands more will suffer significant and severe injuries as a result of an auto accident this year.
The events leading up to the crash seem to happen in the blink of an eye. Among the most common causes of automobile crashes is something referred to is distracted driving. A sampling of common driver distractions includes talking on a cell phone, radio adjustment, rubber necking, and driver fatigue. Rounding out most lists of most common causes of automobile accidents, after drunk driving, is speeding, aggressive driving, and bad weather. With the exception of weather and drunk driving, all of these factors are 100% avoidable. You can do your part by never engaging in such activities.
The State of Florida is also doing its part to save lives and prevent serious injury .Florida has joined other states, including New York, Georgia, California, in employing what’s known as primary enforcement laws for safety belt use. Previously, Florida drivers could only be issued a ticket regarding failure of seat belt use if they were pulled over for another offense. As of June 30, 2009 however, drivers can be pulled over and issued a fine of $30 for a safety belt violation alone. The intent behind the law is to save lives and serious injury. In order to avoid such a fine, make sure that you and everyone in your vehicle is seat-belted at all times.
While accidents happen, we all can do our part to make the roads of Florida a safer place for each and every one of us. You can do your part by complying with the new seatbelt law, and making sure everyone is buckled up. You can also make sure you do not engage in aggressive driving and speeding.
And, if unfortunately, you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, contact us today for help with your case, by calling us at 855-What-Next (855-942-8639), and get free legal advice on what your options and rights are following your accident. Ask about our Free Accident Claims Guide. It’s a quick read and highly informative and covers all insurance claims and the process for the same that you may have following a Car Accident.
Knowledge Equals Power in Orlando Auto Accident Cases
Auto accident cases are difficult, complex, and very time consuming. As the family member of an accident victim, I can tell you firsthand how critically important it is to seek legal counsel advice as soon as possible after the accident. Without the same, your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries and your pain, suffering and inconvenience, could be significantly impacted. We invite you to talk with us about how we can help you through this difficult process. We look forward to helping you and your family.