What Causes The Most Serious Auto Collisions?

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in 2021, Florida was responsible for 401,540 crashes. This number was higher than the 341,399 recorded in 2020. The large jump in numbers was due to the pandemic in 2020. Many people were choosing to stay home and not run the roads.

We now return to the stats for 2021. On average, there were around 1,100 wrecks each day among the 401,540 total incidents. The 3,454 fatal accidents were responsible for 3,741 deaths. But that’s not all. There were also 13,435 incapacitating injury cases that resulted in 16,826 incapacitating accidents. In 2020, there were 236,145 injuries from auto accidents in Florida. Don’t forget about collisions that cause property damage. There were 234,130 collisions in 2020.

Drivers Fail to Use Turn Signals

Drivers who fail to use their turn signals are the main reason why accidents occur in Sarasota. Some drivers change lanes quickly and don’t use their blinkers. Signals communicate to other motorists on the roads what an individual’s intentions are. It’s easy to see why crashes occur when people don’t turn the lever on their steering column sideways before changing lanes.

Some people go a step further. These people choose to move left or right without signaling. Sometimes these actions will not have any consequences. On other occasions, however, rear-end collisions and T-bones can happen.

Not Enough Speed

No matter which street you drive down, it doesn’t really matter where you live. Someone will pass you at some point. It’s also a good idea not to pedal too hard to keep up with the driver. This could prove fatal.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding caused 11.258 deaths in 2020. It shouldn’t be surprising, however. Research shows that speeding is responsible for nearly one-third of all fatalities in auto accidents in the United States over the past two decades.

Get Distracted Behind the Wheel

Distracted driving is a serious problem in America. There are many distractions. People can be distracted by their radios and passengers. Others let their pets run wild in their cars while they are distracted by their radios or passengers. They get in and out of their cars and distract themselves from the task at hand. This list could go on. Trusted Choice says distracted driving is responsible in Florida for approximately 50,000 accidents each year.

This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a St Petersburg personal injury attorney She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations, or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your situation. 

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