In a previous South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog entry, we discussed the New Year and resolutions to make our roadways safer for all. It’s time to check back in on those New Year resolutions and see how everyone’s doing.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is stepping in to take a peek, too. Sometimes drivers underestimate the dangers, risks and consequences that lurk along our roadways. When we get complacent with our driving habits, car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere result. It’s time to get back on the horse.
According to recent studies, most drivers understand which driving habits are dangerous. They recognize that drinking and driving, drowsy driving, speeding, distracted driving and speeding are all unacceptable habits behind the wheel. Unfortunately, most drivers don’t make the changes to better themselves and make our roadways safer. According to AAA, that’s the “do as I say, not as I do” attitude, meaning they expect other drivers to shape up their habits but fail to see the need for change in themselves.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that driving within our state can be frustrating at times, especially during this time of the year. We’ve got Spring Breakers, snowbirds and vacationers all filling up our roadways. The congestion causes some dangerous driving situations. For that reason, AAA is asking driving to examine their own driving habits and to make the effort to change for a safer year on our roadways.
In 2010, there were nearly 34,000 people who were killed in car accidents across the country. About 2,600 of those roadway fatalities occurred in Florida. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had drivers been more cautious and aware of their own driving habits.
Florida’s 2010 Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were:
-Nearly 240,000 traffic crashes.
-Nearly 340,000 drivers involved in accidents.
-Nearly 650 accidents happened each day.
-Roughly 2,600 roadway fatalities.
-Close to 200,000 injuries.
-More than 1,000 accidents involved alcohol.
-More than 110 were drug-related.
“Even one death on our roads in unacceptable,” said CEO and President of AAA, Peter Kissinger.
We may be into April already, but we’re asking drivers throughout the state to pull out those New Year’s resolutions. It’s never too late to start practicing safe and alert driving habits. Just remember to breath, listen to the law and drive with your full attention. Safe driving habits can save your life!