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Motorists and truck accidents

In Florida, truck accidents are often more catastrophic and life altering events than car accidents. This is because commercial big rigs are much bigger than cars, they have a much higher ground clearance and they weigh 20-30 tons more, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute.

Common causes of accidents

Car accidents are becoming more common on the roads. There are several reasons why these incidents occur. According to NPR.org, Florida had an 18 percent increase in traffic deaths in 2015. With more vehicles on the roads each day, it is more important than ever for drivers to practice safe driving habits.

Common mistakes that teen drivers make

Each day, the number of teen motorists on the roads in Florida increases. Many of those young drivers are inexperienced and make driving mistakes that put everyone on the roads at risk. According to Clark.com, teen motorists kill two-thirds of children, adult and senior people in car crashes. A lack of parental involvement, improper instruction, distractions and pressure all contribute to the driving mistakes teenage motorists make.

Some prescription medications and driving do not mix

Many Florida drivers know how dangerous drugged driving is. However, many of them are not aware that some of the medications they take can lead to impaired driving. According to a study from 2013, the percentage of adults and teen drivers who admitted to driving while under the influence in 2012 was 3.8 percent. Prescription drugs and other illicit substances resulted in positive drug tests for 16 percent of nighttime motorists, states The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

Texting and driving

Many motorists in Florida are aware that texting and driving is dangerous. However, even with that knowledge, many drivers still pull out their cellphones to send and receive text messages while operating their vehicles every day. According to IceBike Corporation, the percentage of accidents that involve cellphones is 64. The number of those accidents that resulted in severe injuries is 330,000. To help curb the number of text driving events that occur on the roads, more motorists need to exercise better judgment.

Drivers and weather-related crashes

People are not the only cause of motor vehicle accidents in Florida. According to USA Today.com, rain is the deadliest of all weather-related driving hazards. Motorists who drive on slick and wet pavements should do so with caution. The roads are more treacherous during these times. Some people like teenagers, seniors, distracted and alcohol-influenced drivers may not be capable of navigating them safely. To avoid becoming a statistic, drivers who cannot stay off the roads when the road conditions take a turn for the worse should drive carefully.

What should I do after a truck accident?

Truck accidents are no longer a rare occurrence on the roads in Florida. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute, in 2015, 3,852 was the total number of truck accident fatalities. The percentage of people who died from being involved in this type of incident was 69. As common as commercial vehicle accidents are becoming, no one ever really expects to become involved in one. The actions you take afterward can affect you for a long time.

Drowsy driving a rising epidemic

Drowsy driving is becoming an epidemic that Florida motorists should be aware of. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of fatalities and crashes that occur from this type of behavior are underreported. In 2013, they estimated that 800 deaths and 44,000 injuries were caused by drowsy driving motorists.

Car accidents and injuries

Not all injuries that occur from car accidents in Florida are minor. Some victims end up with minor injuries that allow them to walk away from these incidents virtually unscathed. Other motorists sustain injuries so severe that they are temporarily or permanently disabled. Some drivers die from their injuries. According to Newsweek, the number of car accidents that occurred during the first six months of 2014 was 30 percent lower than the number of incidents that occurred during the first half of 2015. During this time, approximately 2.3 million severe injuries were sustained.


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