Traffic accidents in Homestead, Miami, Hollywood, and other communities are one of the leading causes of injury and fatalities in Southern Florida. While you cannot change how other motorists drive, there are several things you can do this year to reduce your risk of accidents and injuries over the next twelve months:
For teenagers, car accidents remain the leading cause of death. In many cases, these fatalities are preventable, but despite the fact that many resources are available to help teens, this age group can be hard to reach. Young drivers in Homestead and other parts of Florida may be at risk of car collisions because they are still developing their skills and because they face considerable peer pressure to take risks on the road.
Parents, loved ones, and other adults can help. If you have a teen driver in your life, there are several things you can do:
With just a little over a week until the end of the year, are you looking for a few final gifts for loved ones and friends in Homestead and Florida? If you have friends who drive, you can use your presents to give them the gift of safety all year long.
We have a few suggestions to take care of those final items on your to-do list:
Now that the holidays are around the corner, it’s time to get serious about safe holiday driving. The extra pressures and dangers of this season can mean an increased risk of car accidents in Homestead and Florida and this is a devastating time of year to be injured.
There are many reasons why this time of year is more accident prone. Hectic schedules and more cars on the road due to holiday shopping and events can mean frayed tempers and distraction. In addition, holiday parties increase the likelihood of drunk driving. Even though in Florida we are fortunate not to have to deal with winter and snow, we still have plenty of hazards. Here’s how to stay safer during this special time of year:
If you live in Homestead or are visiting the community and get into a car accident, insurance may help you pay for car repairs and medical care for broken bones and other physical injuries. However, if you have been in a traffic accident, you also need to consider trauma and your emotional health.
According to some research studies, car collisions can lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and some accident survivors experience a wide range of symptoms, including disrupted sleep, changes in eating habits, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, personality changes, and more. The emotional impact following a car crash can be as debilitating as any physical injury, but getting help for trauma can be more difficult.
According to some cyber security experts, modern cars may pose a new crash risk because of the use of software and modern technology in the vehicles. As cars become more autonomous and include more technology, security experts have said hackers can start accessing cars with high connectivity. According to some authorities on the subject, cars can be used to cause accidents or can even be weaponized.
Cars built since 2005 already have the technology to be hacked. In fact, some researchers from New York University have stated some car accidents may already be caused in part by hacking or software issues. We simply have not been checking for this cause of accidents.
Some people who are injured in car crashes in Hollywood and Florida are injured through no fault of their own. Even if you are a very careful driver, other motorists may make poor decisions which cause serious injuries for you and your passengers. However, you are not totally without control. There are ways you can stay in the driver’s seat and at least reduce your risk of a car crash:
At this time of year, you may be planning to drive to see family for the holidays. The Thanksgiving weekend is one where many people are traveling and trying to drive to and from airports or different cities can mean traffic jams and even an increased risk of traffic collisions in Homestead and across South Florida.
If you are driving anywhere to see loved ones, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group wish you safe travels. We’d also like to offer these tips to help you reduce the risk of traffic delays and collisions:
Construction areas can be especially hazardous in Homestead when it comes to accidents. Work sites often mean unexpected conditions and a combination of work vehicles, cars, and pedestrians on the road. Traffic may be slowed or stopped, leading to frustration and even collisions. In addition, the road itself may have hazards. The road area may be unpaved or lanes may be closed, forcing you to drive in ways you may not be used to.
Construction is a fact of life in Homestead and other communities. However, there are several ways you can stay safe on Florida roads, even in construction season:
Halloween driving can put pedestrians at risk. On Halloween, children may be running around trick or treating or enjoying the holiday. That, combined with parties on October 31, can create the risk of pedestrian accidents in Homestead and other cities.
Whether you have children or not, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of traffic collisions: