How Are Drivers Preventing Florida Auto Accidents?
Florida auto accidents are a common occurrence. But, the truth is accidents can happen to anyone, anytime. The best thing to do is practice defensive (safe) driving habits, lessening the likelihood of a car accident. In other Shaked Law Firm articles, we discuss car insurance, distracted driving, and Recklessness at length. However, it’s important when presenting facts about Florida auto accidents, we offer a different perspective into safe driving.
This Shaked Law Firm article answers questions of safety, as well as providing insight to Florida auto accident prevention!
How can parents help their teens grow into safe drivers?
No parent looks forward to the day their teenager asks for the keys. Anxiety sets in, and thoughts of severe auto accidents arise. Teen years are some of the most terrifying for parents. The number of adolescents involved in catastrophic auto accidents is rising in busy cities like Miami yearly. As technology becomes more portable and easy to take on the go, the risk of distracted, unsafe driving habits increase.
Answering a text or looking for an AirPod lost under the seat while the car is moving is commonplace now. Staying safe on the road is a priority, and teens must learn this before they get behind the wheel for the first time.
What are “safe driving habits” helping to prevent Florida auto accidents?
Defensive driving doesn’t end with instilling safety habits in teenagers. It’s is something every motorist must focus on, every day.
Parents of teens should focus on instilling safe driving habits in their children before they ever have the keys. Safe driving must start early, before distractions or Reckless driving becomes a bad habit.
There is no replacement for years of safe driving experience. These practices are part of our daily lives. Teens don’t have the wisdom and experience of their parents. However, that’s never an excuse to give up on the practice of safe driving. Practice makes perfect, but practice must be under the supervision of an adult with experience.
When parents don’t feel comfortable teaching their teen to drive, Driver’s Education courses provide the bulk of what teens must know. A quick Google search turns up dozens of affordable options for private driving lessons. Some Florida schools also offer Driver’s Education. It’s important for parents to recognize whether their teen is ready to drive, and delay if their teen isn’t showing the necessary maturity. Some teens need more time to mature, and some can ace driver’s ed quickly. Knowing your teen’s strengths is the very first step to training a safe driver!
What do Florida drivers need to know about preventing catastrophic auto accidents?
Next, we must fully understand safe driving before taking to the road. Whether adult or adolescent, there are many reasons Floridians choose not to drive, and instead use Uber or Lyft. However, when choosing to drive, there are things we can all do to stay safe and prevent auto accidents from occurring.
What are some safety tips for Florida drivers?
- Wearing a seatbelt. No matter how short the drive is, buckling up should be the first thing a driver does. Statistics show that a staggering amount of catastrophic auto accidents happen just one block or less from the victim’s home. Furthermore, many of these accidents are fatal because the driver isn’t wearing a seatbelt.
- Both hands on the wheel. So many drivers take one hand off the wheel to answer the phone, look through their purse, or open a snack wrapper. All of these things can have catastrophic results. It’s important to wait until the car is no longer moving to engage in other activities.
- Awareness of surroundings. Being observant on the road is another tip that may see obvious, but many drivers fail to remain diligent. Turning around to quiet down the kids in the back seat, or dancing to a song that comes on the radio end up leading to catastrophic auto accidents. Missing a turn, failing to signal, or running a red light can also result in fatalities.
- Don’t do anything except drive! Staying safe, alert, and focusing on the road is for the benefit of the driver and for everyone else on the road. Even when the driver who causes an accident receives no injuries, they must still pay the price for being liable for injuring another.
What happens on the medical side after a sustaining injuries in a Florida auto accident?
Sometimes, auto accidents are not preventable and a victim sustains injuries by no fault of their own. This tragedy is due to the number of Negligent and Reckless drivers, lack of car insurance, and distraction in Florida.
After an auto accident with resulting injuries, a victim should receive treatment from paramedics on the scene. Then, if injuries are severe, victims must receive medical attention at an ER. After an auto accident, the hospital will most likely keep a patient overnight for observation. This allows complications that can arise to receive treatment in a timely manner.
After a car accident, sometimes victims only have minor bumps and bruises. In these instances victims may insist they do not require medical attention. They simply wish to go home. As a result, victims risk further injury.
What happens on the legal side after a Florida auto accident with injuries?
Florida auto accidents happen due to the large number of drivers on our roads. Whether these accidents are due to acts of Recklessness, or someone choosing to drink and drive. When auto accidents happen, what comes next? That’s where a lawyer with Board Certification and car accident case experience comes in. It’s important to schedule a consultation with a lawyer as soon as possible after sustaining injuries in a Florida auto accident.