What Is Being Done To Reduce Fatal Accidents In Florida?
With the growing economy and cheaper gas, more drivers are taking to Florida roads. Unfortunately, the careless actions of even one negligent driver can put many road users at risk of being fatally injured.
In response to the growing number of fatal accidents, the automobile industry has been taking measures to make vehicles safer. In fact, all new vehicle makes and models will come equipped with some of the latest standard safety features. These emerging safety features include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature helps vehicles maintain a safe following and stopping distance by using sensors and radar systems.
- Automatic Emergency Braking: This feature applies brakes automatically in an emergency situation. If the AEB feature detects that a collision is about to occur, it will stop the car.
- Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep: The lane departure warning feature can prevent drivers from veering into other lanes. It does this by emitting a buzzing or warning sound when the car crosses into another lane. Lane keep can adjust drivers’ steering wheels to prevent them from unintentionally veering out of their lanes.
- Blind Spot Detection: This feature detects approaching vehicles in drivers’ blind spots and warns them by shining a small signal on their side mirrors.
- Rearview Cameras: This feature can help drivers see behind the car, beyond the scope visible in their rear-view mirrors.
Is Safety Technology Having An Impact On Preventing Traffic Deaths?
Despite the recent influx of safety technology, fatal traffic accidents still continue to remain high. Many drivers still operate older vehicles that lack modern safety features. Furthermore, vehicle safety technology is only designed to help mitigate the risks associated with human error – not replace human responsibility altogether.
The United States has experienced more than 40,000 traffic deaths for 2 years in a row, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). An estimated 40,100 lives were lost on roads in 2017, following 40,327 in 2016. Between January and June of 2018, approximately 18,720 people died in roadway accidents.
In Florida, there was a total of 401,811 traffic accidents and 3,116 fatalities in 2017. This year has already seen a total of 291,194 auto accidents and 2,101 crash fatalities.
The factors in fatal crashes include:
- Speeding: A study by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that between 2005 and 2014, 112,580 traffic fatalities were attributed to speeding.
- Drug and alcohol impaired driving: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 10,497 people were killed in traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. Additionally, other drugs were found to be involved in roughly 16% of all crashes that year.
- Distracted driving: About 3,450 lives were lost in the US in 2016 due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This often involves texting and driving, using dashboard features, and other distracting behavior while behind the wheel. Texting while driving is illegal in Florida, however, it is currently only a secondary offense.
No matter what caused your auto accident, attorney David J. Glatthorn, P.A. is dedicated to helping injured motorists seek the justice they deserve. He has seen the pain and suffering negligent drivers have caused crash victims and their families and will fight aggressively to seek justice.
If you or a loved one was injured in a crash, you may be overwhelmed by costly medical bills and lost wages. It could take months, and possibly years, to make a full recovery. It’s important that you speak to an experienced West Palm Beach auto accident attorney who can investigate your crash and fight to hold negligent parties accountable.
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