You might not know anyone in Miami who hasn't been hit in a car accident, whether it was in a fender bender, by a driver who ran a stop sign, or even by a driverless car that fell off a tow truck making a left turn. It seems that in Miami all you have to do is own a car and an accident will come to you.
The city's unique combination of residents, poor strategic planning on the part of the county, and a lack of public transportation make for especially unbearable motor transportation.
Human error is the leading cause of all car accidents, so, in most cases, the basics for avoiding a car accident are to:
- Respect traffic regulations and posted speed limits
- Avoid distractions while driving, concentrate on driving
- Don't drink and drive, call a cab or stay overnight
- Avoid driving aggressively
- Ensure all occupants use seat belts or are in child seats
- Yield the right of way to emergency vehicles
Additionally, it's also important to:
- Pay attention to the roadways
- Keep your car in good shape
- Know your car's limitations
Pay Attention to the Road - Car Accidents in Florida Can Be Fatal
Standard safety measures are helpful allies but you may not be able to always avoid a car accident when navigating Miami's congested roads and dispersed neighborhoods. Knowing some of the frequent causes of accidents can also help you take precautions. So, here are some situations to be mindful of, and please, drive safely:
- Drivers who don't use a turn signal when changing lanes, and that may be most people in Miami because most people won't let you change lanes if you signal.
- Drivers who treat the yellow light as a challenge and all stop signs as mere suggestions. When they don't make the yellow, they'll come to a screeching halt then put their car in reverse. They'll never stop at a red light to make a right turn and will attempt to turn even as incoming traffic inches closer.
- Drivers who cut past a person who is taking too long to make a left on yellow, make a right turn from the middle lane, or stop abruptly to switch lanes.
- Drivers who drive over the speed limit on the highway or under the speed limit in the left lane on I-95.
- Drivers who plow through Express Lane markers on I-95 or, when an exit lane is backed up, drive in the next lane then cut someone off just before the off ramp.
- Drivers who ignore the school zone, don't notice any of the fluorescent yellow signs and don't acknowledge there's a school nearby.
Injured in a Car Accident in Miami? We can Help
Some of the most dangerous incidents on Miami roads are rollover accidents, that have a high fatality rate. In a recent year, there were 149 fatal rollovers registered in Florida. Fatal rollover accidents are caused or aggravated by speeding, and by not wearing seat belts. Most deadly rollover accidents are single-vehicle crashes caused by motorists who drive at high speed and are under the influence of alcohol. While SUVs are much more likely to be involved in serious rollover accidents, one of the major causes of death in these crashes is the fact that vehicle occupants get ejected from the car if they're not wearing their seat belt.
If you were injured in a car accident, the best way of protecting your rights is by having the best insurance coverage possible and seeking the help of an experienced car accident attorney. If you've suffered injuries in a Miami car accident, due to another driver's negligence, The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary can efficiently investigate and represent your case.