While snow is not something that many Florida residents have to deal with, winter can still make the roads icy and slick. This means that tires lose their traction, and cars have a greater risk of spinning out of control or sliding into the rear of other cars. To keep themselves out of a car crash this winter, residents can consider the following tips.
Florida readers might be interested to learn that, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, figures, approximately 36,500 people were killed in traffic accidents across the United States in 2018. While that number represents a 2% decrease in fatalities compared to 2017, the good news is mitigated by significant increases in traffic-related pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
Drunk driving remains a major traffic safety issue in Florida and across the U.S. Worse, statistics show that a significant portion of drunk drivers are teenagers, and some states have more underage drunk drivers than others.
If asked, most in Naples would likely say that their greatest tool at avoiding auto accidents is their own strong driving skills. Indeed, there is something to be said about the effectiveness of smart, defensive driving in avoiding collisions with others. At the same time, however, one cannot account for another’s reckless, negligent or irresponsible actions. Sadly, people can easily become victims to such actions, suffering devastating injuries that leave them and/or their families having to deal with potentially massive emotional and financial losses.
Your immediate concern after having been involved in a car accident in Naples should be your recovery and/or the repair of your vehicle. Enough stress is associated with these processes; you should not have to worry about dealing with more related to how you are going to afford to pay for them. That should not even be a concern when your accident was caused by someone else. Yet what happens if you discover that the person that hit you was not driving their own vehicle? Your worries about whether or not compensation will be available through insurance coverage might be compounded even further if you also learn that the person that caused your accident had a checkered driving history.
“Distracted driving” is a term that you hear more and more in relation to car accidents in Naples. Yet like most, you likely assume that when authorities are referencing it, they are referring to people using their cell phones while driving. That is the assumption held by many of those who come to see us here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. They, however, have discovered (as you may also have) that distracted driving is less a designation of a singular type of action than it is a broad categorization.
With the harsh penalties that can result from a drunk driving conviction, many in Naples might wonder why people would even chance getting behind the wheel after drinking. Yet statistics show that many of those who drive drunk may not ever be caught. Indeed, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the $1 million people who were arrested in the U.S. on DUI charges in 2016 only represented a fraction of the 111 million who admit to driving drunk every year.
The term “car accidents” is apt given that while people in Naples may indeed be at fault in such instances, there typically is no element of intent to have caused a collision. Yet the fact that a person did not mean to cause an accident so not necessarily exclude them from liability for the incident (particularly in cases where negligence or recklessness might have contributed to an accident). In such a scenario, it might reasonably be argued that had one not demonstrated such careless, the accident never would have occurred in the first place.
One of the more common causes of car accidents in Naples is speeding. If the person that caused your accident was obviously speeding, you may view assigning liability to a simple matter. Yet accusations of speeding are often met with exclamations that a driver was unfamiliar with the area and thus not aware of the posted speed limit. Such an excuse can often be answered by turning to the implied speed limits stipulated by the state’s government.
Pursuing compensation following a car accident in Naples may seem to be a complicated and involved process. This perception may prompt you to want to avoid seeking any action after having been in an accident, especially if the collision occurred at a low speed and resulted in no apparent damages to your vehicle. You may feel little more than simple stiffness (or perhaps have no initial ill effects at all), which might serve to convince your further to simply let the incident go and not even file an insurance claim. This is a decision that, if made, you may come to regret when it is discovered that you are suffering from a whiplash injury.