Each year, roughly 4.5 million people are injured in car accidents that take place on Florida roads and others throughout the country. This is according to data published by the National Safety Council. Take a look at some behaviors that might increase your risk of getting into an accident and what can be done to make yourself a safer driver.
Distractions can take your focus off of the road
Using a cellphone, eating or talking with a passenger while driving can significantly increase the likelihood of being in an accident. Changing a radio station, adjusting a mirror or reaching for an object are other common examples of distracted driving.
Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Florida law prohibits an individual from operating a motor vehicle if his or her blood alcohol level is 0.08 or higher. This is because alcohol can impair your ability to concentrate, process information or remain in control of your vehicle. It may also be difficult to remain in control of your car after smoking marijuana or taking prescription medication. It is worth noting that driving after staying awake for 24 hours is similar to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.10.
What you can do to be a safer driver
If you are impaired by drugs or alcohol, be sure to call for a ride home. Alternatively, you could stay where you are until you’re sober enough to operate a motor vehicle. It’s also a good idea to leave your cellphone in a purse or on a rear seat where you can’t reach it while driving. In the event that you are involved in a motor vehicle crash, an attorney may be able to represent your interests in court.
If you are hurt in a crash, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Your attorney may be able to use witness statements or other evidence in an effort to convince a judge or jury that your accident was caused by a drunk or tired driver.