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What You Need To Know When Driving Around Florida

Auto accidents can happen anywhere, but being an unfortunately common occurrence does not mean you can drop your guard down when driving around Florida’s cities. In fact, it is one of the top states with high numbers of car accident cases. Before hitting its sunny roads, here are valuable pieces of information that could convince you to be extra careful behind the wheel.

Car Accidents Every Year

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), the state witnesses up to 400,000 road accidents annually. This does not only involve car collisions, but also include pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, and motorcycle accidents. With this high number, there is also a large population of survivors who suffer from minor injuries, grave injuries, and even fatal injuries that result in death.

In Florida, there is an estimated 14.8 deaths for every 100,000 people. As of 2020, the recorded number of fatal car accidents all over the state is 3,098 with a death count of also over three thousand.

Most Common Causes Of Auto Accidents

  • Driving Under The Influence – Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Florida, and is in fact also one of the deadliest. With its cities growing and getting busier, drinking and merry-making have become a natural part of many people’s regular activities. The number of drunk driving cases especially spikes up during the holidays.
  • Distracted Driving – Texting, calling, and even eating while driving can all be filed under a case of distracted driving. This common cause of car accidents can be observed not only in Florida but in other places as well. Drivers who are caught under the act can be fined between $30-$100, but there can be other serious charges when the accident leads to wrongful death.
  • Reckless Driving – Speeding, swerving, and tailgating can all be considered reckless driving. While Florida’s roads are wide and open, there are also many streets that are busy and packed. Nevertheless, the temptation to hit the gas and cut in lanes is ever present, and this leads to many car and pedestrian collisions. Reckless driving is also considered a traffic violation, which is also another reason for many auto accidents in the state.

PIP Coverage

All car owners are required to have PIP coverage as mandated by Florida’s law as a no-fault state. A PIP is short for Personal Injury Protection. With this, you are assured to receive medical treatment regardless of who is or will be proven at fault for the car accident. It usually covers up to 80% of your hospital fees and medical expenses. The coverage can reach up to a value of $10,000. However, the PIP is limited to medical costs alone and does not cover other damages such as property damages. In cases like this, contact your car or health insurance providers so that they may cover them for you.

Experiencing a car accident is challenging even with the promise of your insurance. When in doubt or at a loss, contact a local auto accident lawyer to handle your case professionally.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

What You Need To Know When Driving Around Florida

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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