It may not come as a surprise to those who live in the Sunshine State. But for the second consecutive year, the financial website SmartAsset.com has rated Florida drivers as the worst in the country. The rating is based on the number fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven, DUI arrests per 1,000 drivers and the percentage of insured drivers. It should also come as no surprise that Broward and Miami-Dade Counties rate among the worst counties in the state. Rounding out the top 5 worst states include Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Jersey and Delaware.
Why Are South Floridians Prone to Car Accidents?
There are few places in the country that truly represents the melting pot of cultures better than South Florida. With the great year-round weather, it is one of the best places to live in the nation. But when it comes to driving, it may be the most dangerous. There are several factors that come into play. The greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area is a transient community. A high percentage of the population comes from other places, whether it’s Latin America or different places throughout the United States-particularly New York and the Northeast. Many are new to the area and don’t necessarily know their way around.
Miami is not a just major American city, it is an international city. Many South Florida residents are not familiar with the laws of the United States and sometimes there is also a language barrier. Unfortunately, many drivers do not properly understand the rules of the road or do not understand even the basic traffic signs.
South Florida is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the nation. Thousands visit Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, particularly during the winter months to enjoy some sun in the fun. Despite sophisticated GPS systems designed to help visitors navigate the roadways, many are still not familiar with South Florida’s neighborhoods. In many cases, drivers do not handle uncomfortable conditions well. GPS systems also tend to cause more incidents of distracted driving. Far too many people are looking at their phone apps rather than paying attention to the road. As a result, there are more collisions with other vehicles and even more pedestrian accidents.
Another major problem in South Florida is a high amount of uninsured drivers. Because Florida is a no-fault state, it can present some unique challenges for drivers who are involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist. During this situation, it is vital to an experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorney with an extensive track record of protecting the rights of accident victims and helping them recover the maximum compensation to account for their injuries, medical care, damages, lost wages along with their pain and suffering.
Have You Been Injured In an Accident Due to the Negligence of Others? Cooper City Car Accident Attorney Bradley S. Hartman Can Help
Car accidents are far too common in South Florida. It only takes one accident to cause serious and catastrophic injuries that require significant medical care and possibly a lifetime of treatment. It is essential to recover the maximum compensation. For more than 30 years, Cooper City personal injury attorney Bradley S. Hartman has helped countless accident victims recover the settlement they deserve to help them move on with their lives. He and his legal team utilize a personable and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.