Our cellphones have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it can be difficult at times to put them down. However, this dependence can lead a person to engage in the risky act of texting and driving. When this happens, it is very easy to cause a car accident that injures or kills another person. Florida has recently taken steps to encourage motorists to put down their cellphones while driving.
Most people in Florida and elsewhere own a cellphone and keep it with them at all times. While we may enjoy being easily accessible and being able to contact others at a moment's notice, cellphone use can sometimes be dangerous. This is especially true when a person tries to use a cellphone while driving.
Autonomous vehicles may seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but they are increasingly being tested across the nation, including right here in Florida. However, one Florida representative wants to loosen the restrictions on driverless vehicles. A proposal by a Florida representative would eliminate the requirement that autonomous vehicles have a licensed human operator riding in them at all times. This means that driverless cars in Florida could be run entirely by computer software programs.
States and federal organizations take steps to reduce accidents. This past January was "Move Over Month" in Florida, an initiative that highlighted the state's move over law. Under this law, when a motorist is on a multi-lane road and there is a stopped police car, emergency vehicle, utility worker, tow truck or sanitation worker on the side of the road, if it is safe to do so, the motorist should move one lane over. This is so the motorist can keep a safe distance from these responders so they can perform their duties. If it is a two-lane road or moving over is for some other reason impossible, motorists should travel a minimum of 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when passing these vehicles.
Some places in Florida, such as major cities, see a large amount of pedestrian and cyclist traffic, even at nighttime. The fact is that pedestrians or cyclists could be out and about at night, even in suburban or rural areas. It is up to motorists to drive with due care to avoid causing auto-pedestrian accidents. However, recent data suggests that pedestrians and cyclists are increasingly being placed at risk of a fatal car crash, especially at night.
While Miami generally experiences warm temperatures year-round, it is autumn and that means the days are growing shorter, especially now that Daylight Saving Time has passed. Setting the clock back can interfere with a person's sleep cycle, according to the owner of Alliance Insurance Services. This means that driver fatigue can be an issue facing Florida motorists this time of the year.
Some motor vehicle accidents, while unfortunate, are straight-forward. For example, a drunk driver might rear-end another motorist stopped at a red light. Or, a semi-truck could fail to yield to the right of way of another motorist, resulting in a collision.
Most people in Florida know by now that drunk driving is extremely dangerous. However, that doesn't stop many from getting behind the wheel of a car having had too much to drink. Drunk drivers put not only their safety on the line when they drive, but also the safety of everyone else on the road. However, according to recent data, the number of drunk driving fatalities may be on the downswing.
This past Labor Day weekend was a time for many Floridians to relax and celebrate the end of summer. Many people, however, may have overindulged when it comes to alcohol. This overindulgence becomes a problem when a person chooses to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk.
While summer may be a scorcher in the Sunshine State, the rest of the year the weather in Florida is pleasant enough to take a walk. Some people walk for exercise, some people walk as a more cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly means of getting from point A to point B and some people walk simply because it may be more convenient for them than driving. However, car accidents involving pedestrians in Florida and nationwide are on a dangerous rise.