Summer trips are fun, but Florida roads can be dangerous. Let’s take a closer look at the most common types of auto accidents in our state and go over some helpful tips from our Florida personal injury lawyers to help mitigate your accident risk the next time you get behind the wheel.
1. Commercial Vehicle and Truck Accidents
Trucks and commercial vehicles account for a high percentage of road accidents and fatalities. Contributing factors include wide blind spots, road fatigue in commercial drivers, and difficulty controlling a large vehicle.
To stay safe while sharing the road with trucks and commercial vehicles, keep your distance, always pass on the left side, and make sure to turn off your high beams for approaching traffic at night.
2. Elder and Senior Driver Accidents
Here in Florida, the size of the older population is above average, and many car accidents involve senior drivers. Sometimes, accidents occur due to medical conditions more prevalent in the elderly population, such as arthritis, deteriorating vision, high blood pressure, or stroke.
Elderly drivers should be conscientious about addressing any health condition that may affect their performance on the road. Monitor your blood pressure, make sure your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is up to date, and avoid driving if you feel unwell.
3. Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are among the highest-fatality road accident types. They occur when two vehicles collide after approaching from opposite directions.Head-on collisions are more common in busy areas such as Miami.
To reduce your chance of being involved in a head-on collision, make sure to obey all traffic signs, maintain your vehicle, only drive when you are sober and alert, and avoid any distractions such as using a mobile phone while driving. If possible, you can also aim for low-traffic routes.
4. Hit and Run Accidents
Few actions are more reprehensible than fleeing an accident scene rather than stop and take responsibility. Nevertheless, around 100,000 hit-and-run accidents occur in Florida each year.
If you become the victim of a hit-and-run accident, try to collect as much information as you can as quickly as possible. If you noted the other driver’s license plate number, write it down before you forget it.
Otherwise, note relevant details such as the model and color of the vehicle, any identifying marks (dents, stickers, etc.), and the driver’s characteristics such as gender and age. If there are any witnesses on the scene, gather their names and contact details. Avoid the temptation to chase the offending driver, as that could result in further incidents.
5. Left Turn Accidents
Making a left turn safely and legally isn’t always as easy as it seems. Many drivers misjudge other vehicle’s distance or speed or even fail to notice smaller vehicles such as motorcycles.
When intending to make a left turn, alert other drivers by using your turn signal. Make sure nothing obstructs your view of approaching vehicles. Wait patiently for a safe opportunity to turn—it is better to waste a few moments than take risks. Obey all traffic laws and signs.
Finally, always give the right of way to cyclists and pedestrians. Wait until they cross the intersection safely before you turn.
6. T Bone and Side Impact Car Accidents
Intersections are the highest-risk sites for T-bone or side-impact accidents . This type of accident often occurs due to unsafe driving choices and can lead to severe consequences, as the side of the vehicle offers little protection from collision impact.
To reduce your chances of becoming involved in a side collision, obey traffic lights, and always come to a complete stop when traffic laws require it. Be extra careful at intersections that only have stop signs. Slow down at intersections and exercise caution at blind corners.
7. Rear-End Accidents
At a minimum, stay three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Keep a longer distance if you are driving a heavy vehicle or if weather conditions are poor.
Avoid braking suddenly and don’t get distracted while driving. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Injured in an Auto Accident? Contact Oldham & Delcamp, LLC, Trial Attorneys in St. Pete and Pinellas Park Florida
Your search for the “best car accident lawyer near me” is over. When you choose Oldham & Delcamp, LLC, you get client-focused, results-driven legal service. Our car accident attorneys Gordon Oldham and Jack Delcamp formerly worked as insurance company attorneys and state prosecutors. We leverage our years of experience in Florida personal injury law to help you maximize your claim, by using the strategies employed by insurance companies and prosecutors against them and developing individualized strategies for each client.
When our lawyers speak to an insurance adjuster or prosecutor in their language, they know our experience is effective and our approach proactive. In many cases, blocking an insurance company or prosecutor’s next move works most effectively on a client’s behalf. However, we will boldly force their hand in a courtroom if necessary to ensure optimal results for our clients. We’re young enough to be proactive with your case, yet experienced enough to provide the representation you deserve.
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