It’s a New Year and everyone’s going hard on their New Year’s resolutions. We’re asking you to fit in one more New Year’s resolution to help to make our roadways safer. We’re asking all residents to pledge to practice safe and cautious driving habits through 2012 to help reduce the risks of car accidents in Boca Raton. To make the roadways safer for everyone, we’re asking drivers to curb the distractions, to always driver sober, to abide by speed limits, to be cautious at intersections and to be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were nearly 235,000 car accidents in the state in 2010. In these accidents, there were more than 338,000 drivers involved. This means that there were nearly 650 car accidents every single day in Florida.
Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand that there were nearly 2,500 people killed in car accidents in Florida in 2010. In addition to these fatalities, there were more than 195,000 people who were injured in these accidents. If that’s not bad enough, there were 108,350 accidents that only damaged property. Make one of your 2012 New Year’s resolutions to be a safer driver to help reduce these statistics. The change starts with you. Lead by example.
Traffic Accident Stats – Florida 2010:
-Alcohol-related fatalities: Nearly 800.
-Drug-related fatalities: More than 100.
-Pedestrian fatalities: Nearly 500.
-Bicyclist fatalities: Nearly 100.
-Motorcyclist fatalities: Nearly 400.
-Teenage driver fatalities: Almost 100.
In January of 2010, there were more than 190 people killed because of car accidents in Florida. Another 19,100 people were injured during this time period. Drivers are asked to put on their game face when climbing behind the wheel to help make our roadways safe and to reduce the risks of accidents.
Safe Driving Tips:
-Put down the distractions. Distracted drivers contribute to about a third of accidents on our roadways. When you’re behind the wheel, place all your focus and attention on driving.
-Obey the law. Abide by all posted speed limit, traffic signs and road laws.
-Get in the mood. Never drive when you are angry, stressed, anxious or upset. You always want to drive with a clear and calm mind to help to keep your thoughts from wandering off the roadway.
-Buckle up! Seat belts can save your life in the event of an accident.
-Stay sober. Never drink and drive. Always have a sober ride home or a safe place to stay. Drinking and driving can land you in jail, in a hospital or even in a casket.
-Eye on the weather. Always adjust your driving to the current weather conditions. If it’s rainy or foggy, be sure to slow down.
-Defense! Be a defensive driver. Expect the unexpected and keep an eye out for other travelers. Don’t always assume that other travelers will abide by the law. Be on the lookout and ready to react.
-Shape up. Keep your car in tune. Check the battery, the windshield wipers, the conditions of the tires and the fluid levels often. Keeping your car in good-working order can help to reduce the risks of a roadside emergency.