Miami-Dade County, Florida
If you live or work in Miami-Dade County, Florida, you are used to poor drivers focusing on their cell phone rather than the roadway, driving while under the influence of alcohol, or treating a stop sign as a “slow and go” sign. Miami-Dade County has developed a reputation for being one of the most dangerous U.S. cities for drivers. A 2014 study conducted by Allstate, for example, rated Miami-Dade County as the 14th most dangerous driving metro in America (186th out of the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S.).
While it is wrong to assume someone is a bad driver just because they live in Miami, statistics suggest that motorists actually do face a disproportionately high risk of being involved in a car accident in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The average number of crashes in a typical year in the county exceeds 42,000. The number of car accidents in Miami-Dade County is nearly double the number of accidents in Broward County, which is the second largest in size among Florida counties. Although the population is higher in Miami-Dade County, the difference in population is not enough to account for the difference in car accidents.Negligent Driving Practices Cause Most Car Accidents in Miami
The causes of car accidents in the county include negligent drivers, vehicle defects, improper maintenance, and unsafe roads. Some of the negligent forms of conduct that cause car crashes in the area include:
- Multi-tasking behind the wheel
- Driving at an unsafe speed or too fast for road, weather, or traffic conditions
- Failure to comply with right of way rules
- Running traffic lights and stop signs
- Failure to observe a safe following distance
- Driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol
- Unsafe turns or lane changes
- Failure to perform maintenance (e.g. improper tire pressure, bald tires, worn brake pads, etc.)
Although negligent driving is the leading cause of car crashes in Miami-Dade County, vehicle defects, such as faulty ignition switches and malfunctioning airbags, also can cause a collision. As long as a defective component or system constitutes a “substantial factor” in causing a crash, the manufacturer of the component or vehicle can be liable for injuries or fatalities that occur in an auto accident.
The high risk of a Miami-Dade County car accident also is impacted by unsafe roadway issues. The Miami New Times published a major article about the negligence of the city in failing to provide Miami residents with safe roadways. The failure to provide safe roads combined with Miami’s high population exacerbates the danger posed by careless and distracted motorists who fail to obey traffic laws and exercise prudent driving practices.
Our personal injury law firm handles personal injury claims arising out of all of the following in Miami-Dade County:
- Homestead Car Accidents
- Kendall Car Accidents
- Doral Car Accidents
- Coral Gable Car Accidents
- Aventura Car Accidents
If you or a loved one is injured by a negligent or reckless driver, our Miami Auto Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano will tenaciously pursue the full compensation you deserve. For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida. We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.