Most car accidents are not “accidents.” Instead they are caused by a range of factors often attributable to another driver’s negligence. If you’ve been in a car accident in Florida, it was likely caused by one of these 6 factors.
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving includes anything that takes your hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, or mind off driving. Drivers who engage in these activities are more likely to cause accidents, less likely to avoid them, and can he held liable for damages caused by their negligent behavior.
- Aggressive Driving: Excessive speeding, tailgating, quick and unannounced lane changes, “rolling stops,” or just a general disregard for the rules of road and the other drivers are all characteristics of an aggressive driver. This dangerous driving style, together with even minor distractions, can cause tragic accidents.
- Drunk or Impaired Driving: Drunk driving is one of the top causes of road fatalities in Florida. But impaired drivers are also very dangerous. Critically, these drivers can be on the road at any hour of the day since many of these drivers are taking doctor-prescribed medications.
- Hazardous Roads: Potholes and uneven pavement, poorly designed shoulders or exits, or improperly maintained road safety measures can all contribute to car crashes. In these instances, state and local government entities, property management companies, and private businesses can sometimes be held liable for the damages.
- Weather Conditions: Sudden downpours or more violent storms can pass through and create acutely hazardous road conditions. High winds and rain can decrease visibility and control and increase the likelihood of a car accident, especially on crowded highways and interstates.
- Improper Vehicle Maintenance: Cars need regular maintenance to ensure they work properly and can be driven safely. Bad brakes, worn down tire treads, or poor windshield wipers, can all contribute to traffic accidents, and drivers can be held liable for accidents caused by their failure to maintain a car’s essential safety measures.