We recently posted an article about a crash that occurred when a driver mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake pedal and ran into her son-in-law and infant grandchild. Fortunately, both victims of the Lake Worth accident survived.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently completed a study of gas pedal accidents. They found that while men are generally more likely to be involved in an accident than women (60% of drivers involved in accidents are male), this was not true for gas pedal accidents. More than two-thirds of drivers in gas pedal accidents are women.
Another interesting finding: an analysis of 2,400 gas pedal accidents showed that these accidents are most likely to involve drivers over age 76 or under age 20.
It makes sense that young drivers would occasionally get the gas and brake confused. After all, they lack experience. In addition, the parts of the brain that support mental processes such as planning, organizing and attention don't fully develop until early adulthood.
Unfortunately, elderly drivers also tend to perform poorly when tested for these functions. Because Florida has more elderly drivers than any other state, Florida also has the potential for more gas pedal accidents.
What can you do if you are a victim of a gas pedal accident in Boca Raton? Your first step is to seek medical attention. Then download our free book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. If you have any questions or want to discuss your claim, contact Boca Raton injury attorney David Glatthorn. The initial consultation is free, and there are no upfront costs.