Each year, there are not just thousands, but hundreds of thousands of auto accidents across Florida. In fact, every single day, there are nearly 1,000 vehicle collisions on Florida’s roads. According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is well above the national average in terms of traffic-related fatalities both per number of miles traveled and by overall population.
So, what makes ’s roads so dangerous? Law enforcement officials actually point to a number of different factors.
Top Causes of Auto Accidents in
The following are all among the top causes of car accidents in Florida:
1. Driver Error
Driver error continues to be a major problem here in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida. From running red lights and stop signs to failing to look before merging or changing lanes, it only takes a single, split-second lapse in judgment to cause a life-changing accident.
2. Inattention (Distracted Driving)
With the prevalence of mobile devices and in-car technology, distracted driving is a bigger problem today than ever before. In the time it takes to read an average text message, a car traveling at highway speeds can travel the length of an entire football stadium. That is a lot of ground to cover without looking at (or thinking ) the road.
3. Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is a persistent issue in Florida. Although Florida’s drunk driving accident numbers have dropped slightly in recent years when compared to national averages, individuals who choose to drink and drive still kill thousands of innocent victims in Florida every year.
4. Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving is dangerous driving. Speeding, tailgating, trying to communicate with other drivers – these are all risky behaviors that too often lead to collisions that could have easily been avoided.
5. Other Illegal Behavior
Other illegal driving behaviors contribute to a large number of accidents as well. This includes everything from reckless driving to driving under the influence of drugs. There is a reason we have traffic safety laws, and we unfortunately have far too many examples of the consequences that can result when drivers fail to observe the rules of the road.
Traffic Density is a Major Factor as Well
Along with these and other forms of driver negligence, another contributing factor in many auto accidents is simply the fact that we have so many cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles on the roads. In many of ’s most-popular locations – including West Palm Beach – increasing numbers of both residents and visitors are contributing to an increased risk for vehicle collisions. When drivers choose to do things like speed, drive drunk, or drive drowsy in heavy traffic, they create unnecessary dangers that too often lead to tragic results.
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