Roadways in the state of Florida may be getting a little safer, but the fight isn’t over yet. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), preliminary data regarding traffic accident fatalities that occurred during the first 6 months of 2013 show an estimated 5 percent decrease from the total number of motor vehicle accident fatalities witnessed during the same time period last year.
Although officials have not been able to pinpoint a reason for the decrease, they are hoping there’s a good reason behind it and that it’s not just a blip in the numbers.
“We are encouraged to see this downward trend and will remain vigilant to keep our roads as safe as possible,” said Janet Froetscher with the NSC.
Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that the state of Florida saw more than 1,000 motor vehicle accident fatalities during the first 6 months of 2013. During this same time in 2012, we saw close to 1,100. That’s an estimated 7 percent decrease in road deaths, and so there is that for which to be thankful. But we’ve got a long way to go. Most of these accidents were the result of dangerous and irresponsible driving habits. Until we’re able to focus our attention on our own risk factors, we’re going to continue to lose thousands of lives each and every year.
According to Drivers.com, the top three causes for traffic accidents in the U.S. were drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. When it comes to driving, it’s never been more important to just slow down. Your safety, your life, and the lives of others all depend on your ability to make the right choices behind the wheel. All of these top causes are completely preventable.
Officials with the Florida Safety Council are stepping up with some important safety tips to help to keep everyone on our roadways a little bit safer:
-Avoid the distractions. This includes cell phones, text messaging devices, GPS systems, other passengers, eating, smoking, drinking, loud music and anything else that could take your attention away from the road.
-Never drink and drive. This is one of the most dangerous things you can do. Remember that each and every glass of alcohol affects your ability to safely navigate our roadways.
-Obey the speed limit. The faster you are driving, the higher your risks are for death in the event of an accident. Obey the speed limit to help to ensure a safe arrival.
-Always wear a seat belt. This is your number one defense against injury and death in the event of a collision.
-Keep your vehicle in good-working condition. There is no “good” time for your vehicle to break down. However, it always seems that vehicle breakdowns happen at the worst possible time.
-If there’s a newly-licensed driver in your family, be sure to review these tips with them often to help to develop their safe driving habits early and quickly.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the Hollander Law Firm for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call us today at 1-888-751-7770.