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What Should Florida Car Accident lawyers – DO’S AND DON’TS ?

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Boca Raton car accident attorney discusses what drivers should and shouldn’t do following a car accident.

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Car Accidents with Uber or Lyft Can Be Complicated Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Whether you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft car or the other vehicle involved in the accident, things can get very complicated regarding the insurance and claims process, says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Because the industry of ride-sharing is still fairly new, insurance companies are still working to make sure that their policies involve some type of provision for ride-sharing coverage and options. Additionally, laws and requirements for ride-sharing companies are continually evolving and changing as they are becoming more ubiquitous.

What Exactly is a Rideshare Company?

Rideshare companies, like Uber and Lyft, are also called Transportation Network Companies (TNC). They provide drivers-for-hire sharing services to customers by contracting with freelance drivers who drive their own cars to transport customers. These contracted drivers typically do not go through the same type of training and scrutiny that other for-hire drivers (cab drivers, chauffeurs, etc.) go through, and they are not required to insure or register their cars as commercial vehicles. TNCs provide cab-like services that allow passengers to arrange for rides on short notice with a smartphone application.

The typical way that rideshare companies work involves three elements:

  1. A customer uses a smartphone to request a ride, set a pickup and drop-off location.
  2. The driver uses GPS to navigate and for the app to track and calculate a cost for the route.
  3. The customer uses a social media-like platform to rate the driver for other potential passengers so they know what to expect.

While there are similarities between taxis and rideshare vehicles, they don’t operate the same way. A taxi is nearly always on the road, traveling as much as 70,000 miles a year, whereas rideshare vehicles are on the road considerably less. Some rideshare drivers drive part-time, while others make it a full-time job. The rideshare apps insist that their businesses are just what an app entails – a technological start-up that is simply the middleman between a passenger and a driver, not a commercial vehicle-for-hire entity.

What Happens When There is an Accident Involving Uber or Lyft?

This is where it gets sticky. In the recent past, there have been a few bills that were signed into law that regulate the way that companies like Uber and Lyft are insured. Commercial vehicles must be covered through strict insurance policies that are governed by the state in which they are operated, but until recently, Uber and Lyft were not required to maintain that same requirement because of their modern business structure. However, due to the pressure the companies received about the growing number of accidents across the country, both Uber and Lyft adopted insurance coverage that kicks in once a driver has accepted and picked up a passenger.

It may seem that the problem has been solved. But it hasn’t. What has happened is different states have passed bills and signed legislation that questions the time frames for which rideshare drivers are covered by company insurance and at what times they are not. While laws and insurance policies are in flux, it is in passengers’ and other drivers’ best interest to work with a seasoned and knowledgeable car accident attorney if they are injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle.

If you or a family member were injured in an auto accident involving an Uber or Lyft vehicle in Florida, contact Boca Raton car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 293-2600 or complete the online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

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Car Color Impacts Risk of an Accident Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Drivers in cars whose colors stand out against the background may have a lower risk of an accident says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Many cyclists, motorcyclists and construction workers on the nation’s roads wear bright, lime green jackets or shirts. Why? It makes them more visible and reduces the chances a driver may not notice them and collide into them. An Australian study shows that if the color of a vehicle makes it more difficult to see the chances of an accident increases. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says being more or less visible may be the difference between an accident and a near miss.

Black cars are up to 47% more likely to be involved in vehicle accidents, according to researchers at Australia’s Monash University reports the Daily Mail. They looked at police data covering 850,000 accidents over twenty years which covered the cars involved, when the accidents happened and the type of accident. Commercial vehicles, taxis and white vans were excluded from the study which was published in the journal Safety Science in 2010.

White, gold and yellow vehicles were found to be the safest. Black, grey, silver, red and blue colors were found to be less safe because they don’t stand out as much against the background of the road, scenery and other traffic. Researchers tried to take into account some drivers may be more likely to take risks and prefer driving cars of a certain color.

Black cars, during the daytime, were up to 12% more likely to be involved in an accident than white vehicles. At dawn and dusk black cars had a 47% greater risk of a collision. Results suggested orange cars may be the safest, but the data wasn’t conclusive.

If everyone started buying white and orange cars their safety advantage may disappear, researchers claim. If a car owner switched from a black car, he or she might be safer but if the majority of vehicles became white and orange there would be less contrast and accidents involving them would increase. Researcher found that although vehicle color could impact crash risk, bad driver habits like speeding and drunk driving have a far greater impact.

In 2013, white was the world’s most popular car color, followed by black, silver and gray, according to reports from PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems, reports Edmunds. White was the most popular car color in North America since 2006 and its popularity has spread around the world. Jim Parker, head of exterior color and trim for the Chrysler Group, is quoted as saying color choice normally boils down to one of two things, “It’s either what they feel about themselves or what they think they would like to feel about themselves.” Whether or not white or orange is your style, if safety is a priority you may want to consider colors that stand out.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident , contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Xanax Use Endangers Motorists Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Xanax, used to help patients sleep, can impair drivers and cause accidents resulting in serious injuries and deaths says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Do you think a prescription drug can’t harm you? If so you should think again. One common prescription drug that can lead to addiction is Xanax (or alprazolam), which by itself, or in combination with other drugs and/or alcohol, can impair a driver’s abilities to the point where he or she is too dangerous to safely drive. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne represents those injured by drivers impaired by Xanax and other drugs.

Xanax is a central nervous system depressant, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which states these types of drugs are normally prescribed for anxiety, acute stress reactions and panic attacks. Xanax is considered one of the more sedating drugs of the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It’s often prescribed for short-term treatment of sleep problems. Benzodiazepines are not normally prescribed for long term use because patients run a high risk of developing dependence or addiction.

Side effects of the drug can include drowsiness, dizziness, mental or mood changes (such as hallucinations and suicidal thoughts), slurred speech or difficulty talking, loss of coordination, trouble walking and memory problems, reports WebMD.

It’s not clear how common drugged driving has become because unlike alcohol use, there’s no simple, accurate, quick test to determine the level of drugs in a driver’s system. The state highway patrol and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s office arrest records don’t separate drivers accused of being impaired by alcohol and drugs, they’re both considered driving under the influence (DUI), according to the Sun Sentinel.

Florida keeps statistics on accidents where drugs are believed to play a role. They were suspected in almost two thousand accidents across Florida in 2015 but drug use was confirmed in only 557 cases. That year there were 16,400 crashes where alcohol use was suspected with 5,522 cases where that use was confirmed.

In 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 21% of the 32,166 fatal vehicle accidents in the country involved a driver who tested positive for at least one drug. That’s a sharp increase from the 12% of the 39,252 fatal accidents in 2004.

At least one driver involved in a fatal, Florida accident claims it wasn’t so much the Xanax use that impaired her driving, it was the withdrawal symptoms she was suffering while trying to stop taking it, reports the Miami Herald. April Thomason faces a murder charge after a 2015 vehicle accident killed a pedestrian in Key West. In May Thomason plead that she was innocent on the grounds of insanity caused by use of and withdrawal from Benadryl and Xanax.

She claims she was suffering from Severe Anxiolytic Withdrawal Syndrome at the time which caused her to be psychotic and delusional and unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions, including running over the victim. Thomason told police she had been awake for five days and was taking Benadryl and Xanax but trying to stop taking the Xanax.

While alcohol impaired drivers are more common, those impaired by drugs, both legal and illegal, are no less dangerous. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver impaired by drug use, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Hot Weather & Bad Drivers No Coincidence: Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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High heat brings out the worst in us, including tired, distracted drivers riding on older tires ready to blow says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Higher temperatures decrease mental and physical performance so it should be no surprise our driving abilities hit a low when we hit year round temperature highs in Southern Florida. With hot temperatures tire failures are also more likely and can cause additional accidents. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says when August temperatures get super steamy be super careful when driving.

Though rain, snow, fog, wind, hail and ice are often discussed as risks to safe driving, the impact of heat on increasing the chances of an accident get less attention. Though higher temps are long known to cut our ability to perform physically and mentally a 2013 study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives looked at the relationship between high temperatures and traffic accident fatalities and injuries in the Catalonia section of Spain.

  • Researches stated there were a total of 118,489 vehicle crashes causing injuries or deaths that occurred between May 15 and October 15 each year from 2000 to 2011, an average of 64.1 crashes per day.
  • The chances of vehicle accidents significantly increased, by 2.9%, during heat waves and the connection was stronger when only accidents where driver performance issues were the problem, increasing the risk by 7.7%.
  • The risk injury causing fatal vehicle accidents increased by 1.1% for each 1°C increase in maximum temperature.
  • Overall the chances of a serious accident sharply increased during heat waves, especially when distractions, driver error, fatigue or sleepiness were to blame for the collisions.
  • While other issues are a far greater threat (drivers have a 300% greater risk of an accident if they’re using a cell phone and driving) heat related driver performance problems still add up to a large number of accidents over the years.

In addition to the sleepy, distracted drivers behind the wheel on hotter days the roadway and tires can be safety problems too. Worn, older, improperly inflated tires travelling at highway speeds on hot pavement baking in the Florida sun for hours can literally explode because the tire weakens over time and use and pressure built up inside them. If a driver is negligent in the care of his or her tires and a blowout causes an accident which results in injuries or deaths, that driver may be held accountable for his or her carelessness.

Tire failures resulting from aging are more common in the summer, during daylight and while the vehicle is operating at highway speeds, according to a 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, reports the Palm Beach Post. All tires breakdown with age and heat speeds up the aging process.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests drivers should perform a number of vehicle checks when the weather heats up, including tires.

  • They should be looked at when the vehicle hasn’t been driven for a while and be inflated to the air pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer (not the pressure figure on the tire sidewall).
  • The manufacturer’s recommendations are normally found in the owner’s manual or on a tire information sticker on the driver’s door jamb.
  • Tire treads should be looked at for adequate depth and signs of uneven wear and sidewalls with cracks or bulges are signs of trouble.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted or fatigued driver in the heat of the summer or it’s the result of a tire blowout, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Plaintiffs Need Not be Perfect Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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A Florida plaintiff can be partially at fault for an accident but still recover damages for his or her injuries says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Nearly all of the cases we file on behalf of injured clients are based on the legal theory of negligence. These lawsuits are based on state law and states have their different take on what needs to be shown in order to be awarded damages. Fault by a plaintiff, the one filing the lawsuit, doesn’t bar a person from recovering damages in a Florida negligence case says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

In order to be successful in a negligence case the plaintiff has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that it’s more likely than not the defendant was negligent. To do that the plaintiff must show,

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act, or not act, in the situation,
  • The defendant violated that duty,
  • That breach of duty is the cause of the accident, factually and legally,
  • The defendant suffered an injury because of that breach, and
  • Compensating the plaintiff for his or her particular injury is recognized by state law.

For a vehicle driver, that legal duty can be stopping at a red light, not speeding, not drinking and driving or giving a pedestrian the right of way. It’s normally shown the defendant violated that duty by evidence showing the person did or failed to do something and the plaintiff needs to show the nature, extent and degree of the injury that resulted.

Under Florida statutes,

“In a negligence action, contributory fault chargeable to the claimant diminishes proportionately the amount awarded as economic and noneconomic damages for an injury attributable to the claimant’s contributory fault, but does not bar recovery.”

This means that during a trial when the parties submit evidence concerning who should be blamed for the accident if a jury finds that a plaintiff is partially to blame that’s not grounds to dismiss the case. The jury needs to determine the degree of fault of each party. When deciding the damages award the proportion of the plaintiff’s fault is deducted from the damages award. If the jury decides $100,000 is the right amount of damages and the plaintiff is 25% at fault, the damage award would be $75,000.

This is a plaintiff-friendly law because even if a plaintiff is mostly at fault, he or she can still collect damages. In some states the plaintiff may be barred from any recovery if he or she is at fault to any degree and other states prohibit recovery if the plaintiff is more than half at fault for the accident.

Whether a legal action is worth pursuing depends in part on how much at fault the plaintiff may be and the amount of damages. A case where the damages are low but the plaintiff is mostly responsible may not be worth the time, effort and expense of a lawsuit. On the other hand even if the plaintiff is mostly to blame, if the injuries are serious enough and the potential recovery large enough, a lawsuit may be worth pursuing.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a vehicle accident, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Street Racers Kill and Injure Others Says Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Street racers may seek thrills and excitement but they may cause an accident resulting in serious injuries and deaths says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Street racing is illegal. It may look fun and exciting in movies and on television but the reality is that it recklessly endangers the health and lives of participants and any pedestrians or motorists who get in the way. Street racers can be held accountable for the deaths and injuries they cause says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

Earlier this month a 24-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison because of his involvement in a street race in Hawthorne, California, last year that killed a popular elementary school music teacher, Benny Golbin, 36, reports the Los Angeles Times. Alfredo Perez Davila was sentenced after pleading no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter. He was originally charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and engaging in a speed contest, but plead no contest to the one charge as part of a plea bargain.

He and Anthony Leon Holley are accused of racing each other in January 2016 when the collision occurred. Police say Davila lost control of his car, swerved across several lanes of traffic, struck the center median and went airborne into traffic coming the opposite way. His car struck Golbin’s car, killing him instantly.

Golbin, who was an alto saxophonist, left his job at the Children of Promise Preparatory Academy in Inglewood and was on his way to teach a class in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District when the accident occurred. Davila was uninjured and was arrested at the scene. The other driver turned himself in to police and plead no contest to a felony hit-and-run charge as part of his own plea bargain deal and he is expected to be sentenced to probation.

At Davila’s sentencing hearing one of Golbin’s friends, Hugh Von Kleist, encouraged Davila to raise awareness of the dangers of street racing. “A car is a weapon,” he said. “It is very heavy. And it is very fast.”

Another innocent bystander was killed by street racers in January in Davie, Florida. Dominick Del Pozzo died after he was thrown from his minivan after a head-on collision with another car that was street racing, according to the Sun Sentinel. He pulled onto Davie Road southbound when he was struck by a Mercedes sedan speeding north while racing a silver Infiniti.

Del Pozzo owned Culinary Affairs Catering in Fort Lauderdale. He was from Naples, Italy, and grew up watching his father run the Monte Carlo restaurant in Queens, New York. He was leaving Restaurant Depot, a wholesale restaurant equipment store, just before the crash.

How popular is street racing? In 2012 state troopers received a tip about organized illegal street racing in Northwest Miami-Dade and they found more than a thousand cars lined up on Okeechobee Road near Northwest 137th Avenue. Some of their owners came to race, some to watch (which is also illegal in Florida), according to NBC Miami.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Nelvys Hernandez told the station the area was dangerous for the racers and anyone who gets near them. “This is a death valley when so many people gather out here,” Hernandez was quoted as saying. “It’s just horrendous to see so many vehicles coming in and out at a high rate of speed.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a vehicle accident caused by street racing, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Drugged Drivers Common in Florida Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Tiger Woods is just one of many Floridians too impaired by prescription drugs to safely drive says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

A driver can become dangerous for many reasons, including being impaired by prescription drugs. One of Florida’s more famous residents, Tiger Woods, was recently arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs near his home on Jupiter Island, reports CNBC. Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne says accidents in Florida are caused every day by drugged drivers.

Woods, who had been ranked as the world’s best golfer early in his career, blamed an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications for his arrest. He’s had four back surgeries, most recently earlier this month to relieve lingering back pain. Woods was arrested and later released according to the Palm Beach County Police.

A statement released by Woods’ spokesman stated that alcohol was not a factor but he apologized and added that he took full responsibility. He claimed he didn’t expect the mix of medications he was taking would have such a strong impact on him.

The police report states that Woods’ Mercedes appeared to have “fresh damage” when he was found asleep at the wheel the morning of his arrest by an officer from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Both tire rims on the driver’s side had minor damage, the front and rear tires on that side of the vehicle were flat, there was damage to the bumpers and a tail light was out, reports CNN.

Woods was found on the side of the road, the car running, its brake lights illuminated and right turn signal flashing, according to the arrest report. The officer woke him up, his speech was slurred and he stated he didn’t know where he was. Woods reportedly told the officer he was taking several prescriptions. A Breathalyzer test showed no signs of alcohol use and he also took a urine test.

Woods is not alone when taking to the streets too drugged to drive.

  • Results of a 2010 nationwide study of fatal vehicle accidents show that prescription drug use is a greater hazard than illegal drugs. It found that about 47% of drivers who tested positive for drugs had used a prescription drug, compared to 37% of drivers who tested positive for marijuana and about 10% of drivers who had used cocaine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The most common prescription drugs found were pain relievers.
  • The National Highway Transportation Safety Board states that for fatal vehicle accidents in 2009 in Florida, 42% of drivers were not tested for drugs. About 16% of those who were tested showed drug use or 239 of 1,485 drivers.

Woods’ situation is all too common. Many drivers may take to the road despite the fact they know they can’t safely drive because of prescription medication or their effect may come as a surprise. Either way it’s a dangerous situation that could result in serious injuries or deaths. Though Woods’ professional and personal lives have taken well publicized turns for the worse both he and everyone else on the roads on Jupiter Island that night are lucky no one was injured or killed after Woods got behind the wheel. Others are not so lucky.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused in a car accident involving a drugged driver, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

Baseball and Beer Endanger Drivers Warns Boca Car Accident Lawyer Joe Osborne

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Drunken fans can be a menace at a ball game and when they drive home after it’s over says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne

Baseball is America’s pastime and there’s plenty to choose from in South Florida, from the Miami Marlins to the minor leagues and college teams. Thanks to smart marketing and teams eager to make more money at the concession stand beer and baseball are in a tight embrace. Sometimes fans enjoy too much beer with the game they’re watching and pose a hazard to others when they drive home says Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne.

The number of drunken fans may startle even long time season ticket holders. A study by University of Minnesota researchers estimates that one in every 12 fans leaving major sporting events is intoxicated, reports U.S. News & World Report.

  • If 20,000 people attend a Marlins game, if this figure is accurate, nearly 1,700 people leave the stadium drunk. If only a third drive from Marlins Ballpark more than 500 intoxicated drivers will be hitting the road after a game.
  • When the NFL season starts if 65,000 attend a Dolphins game there could be about 5,400 drunk fans there and thousands of drunk drivers leaving the game.

Researchers measured the blood alcohol content (BAC) of 382 adults following 13 baseball games and three football games and found that 8% of fans surveyed had a BAC of 0.08 or higher, the legal intoxication limit. Those who pre-gamed at tailgate parties were 14 times more likely to leave the game drunk. A quarter of the tailgaters surveyed admitted to drinking five or more alcoholic beverages. Fans younger than 35 were nine times more likely to be drunk than other attendees.

Study results are from testing fans leaving sporting events between May and October 2006. They were asked to participate with an anonymous breathalyzer test and a five-minute verbal survey assessing their alcohol consumption levels before and during the game. There were an average of twenty volunteers after each game, 58% of them were men and about 55% were between the age of 21 and 35.

Study author Darin Erickson, an assistant professor of epidemiology and community health at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health said it was challenging to get fans to cooperate not just because some may have wanted to hide their blood alcohol level but also because fans just want to beat the traffic and drive home.

Some experts say the 8% estimate is probably on the low side but the study shows how serious the problem is. “The study reminds us that heavy drinking at sporting events occurs and that this likely contributes to DWI accidents and injuries or even deaths,” said Dr. James C. Garbutt, medical director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused a drunk driver, contact Boca car accident lawyer Joe Osborne at (561) 800-4011 or fill out this online contact form. You can discuss your case, how the law may apply and your best legal options to protect your rights and obtain compensation for your injuries.

FLORIDA FIRST IN FATAL CRASHES

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National Statistics Show Florida Ranks First in Fatal Vehicle Crashes in 2015

Cell phone use continues to be a cause of at least 25% of accidents nationwide

Between January and August 2015 there were 1441 vehicle fatalities in Florida, the highest number in the entire nation, and a 29% increase over the same time period in 2014.  This data underscores the very real need for drivers to take steps to prevent unnecessary accidents and to drive defensively at all times.  The Boca Raton accident attorneys at Osborne & Associates, P.A. urge anyone who is victim of a vehicle accident to contact our firm for a thorough investigation and full evaluation of potential liability.

Despite a new law and ad campaign on the Florida highways that warn of the dangers of cell phone use, there is an ongoing hazard presented by drivers who cannot resist the temptation of a call or text.  While this is just one cause of accidents, National Safety Council statistics show that 25% of accidents nationwide are caused by cell phone use.  This dangerous practice is common enough in Florida to warrant electronic roadway warnings on the highways, but there is little incentive for drivers to cease talking on the phone.

There are other causes of accidents in Florida due to a variety of factors, some of which include:

  • The widespread practice of violating speed limits on the long flat highways
  • Distracted driving due to eating, drinking, passengers, and in-vehicle entertainment
  • Aggressive driving and passing by commercial vehicles or 18 wheelers

Despite these factors, motorists can take the initiative to prevent injuries and avoid causing an accident on the Florida highways by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Use of seat belts and child restraints for every passenger
  • If you are out drinking, always have a designated driver
  • Familiarize yourself with car safety features such as back up cameras and cruise control
  • Never talk or text on a cell phone when driving
  • Avoid driving when tired or sleepy, and take frequent rest stops

These steps can help lower the probability of causing an accident, but it is impossible to control the actions of other drivers.  Defensive driving habits can help minimize this type of tragic event, by constantly watching the movement of other vehicles, checking mirrors and anticipating traffic patterns.  However, at times other drivers will behave carelessly and could cause an accident that leaves you or your passengers injured.

Anyone who has been injured in a vehicle accident should contact the Boca Raton accident attorneys at Osborne & Associates, P.A. so that we can assess any claim for compensation.  A personal injury lawsuit may be the only way to have your costs of medical care and lost income recovered.  We have a long history of obtaining successful results in all types of vehicle accident cases, and take an aggressive approach when dealing with insurers or other parties who attempt to deny you the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 561-293-2600, or via email to schedule a free initial consultation.