Public transportation has several benefits. It can reduce pollution, provide transportation options for more people, and create more walkable cities. In Florida, many towns were developed with cars in mind, but now experts are looking for ways to encourage more sustainable options, too.
In addition, public transit may also help reduce the risk of car collisions in South Florida in a few ways:
- It can reduce DUIs. When people drink, they may drive because there are few other ways to get home. Ridesharing and taxis can be expensive, and designated drivers may not always be available. Public transit can give these drivers a way to get home safely and then a way to pick up their cars the next day.
- It gives seniors an option. Florida has a greying population. While older drivers have a lower risk of speeding, road rage, and other risky behaviors, some age-related conditions can put everyone at risk. Drivers with dementia or cognitive challenges can make mistakes which lead to collisions, for example, while mobility issues and conditions such as age-related macular degeneration can make seeing the road more challenging. Many seniors are hesitant to give up their car keys because they fear losing their independence. With a good public transit system, however, seniors can still get around and stay independent, which can make giving up driving an easier decision.
- It reduces heavy traffic. Some parts of Florida see heavy traffic congestion, especially during peak tourist season and during major events. Heavy traffic can increase the risk of road rage incidents, chain reaction accidents, and other types of accidents. Solutions such as carpooling and public transit can reduce the number of cars on the roads, which can reduce pressure on drivers and possibly lower the number of collisions.
- It gives drivers an option. Drivers may automatically reach for their car keys when they need to go somewhere, but there are plenty of reasons it may be safer not to drive. A driver may be tired, sick, upset, distracted, or otherwise not able to put their full focus on driving. When a good public transit system is in place, it is easier to choose the safer option.
Of course, injuries on mass transit still happen, but the risks are lower than they are for car drivers and passengers. If you have been injured in a traffic accident, phone Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation case consultation to find out if you may qualify for compensation for your injuries.