Despite increased emphasis on car safety and accident avoidance tips, car accidents in Orlando are still on the rise. The most common cause of Orlando car accidents has been linked to driver error.
Understanding the causes of car accidents is the first step toward preventing them.
Here are some of the common causes of car accidents in Orlando.
Cell Phone Use
Driver error is almost always caused by distracted driving involving cell phone use. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), 25% of all car accidents occur because the driver was on their phone while driving, either talking or texting.
As a driver, to drive without any car accidents, you must do so with undivided attention. Taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and even talking to other passengers in the car are all distractions you should avoid.
About a third of all car accidents are caused by overspeeding. The faster a car moves, the less time a driver has to react in case of an emergency.
Drivers should be careful to observe the speed limit in given areas to avoid fatal car accidents caused by speeding.
Weather conditions such as rainfall, fog, and snow decrease visibility for drivers. Also, the conditions make surfaces slippery thereby increasing the risk of a driver losing control of their vehicle.
It is better to slow down or completely avoid driving during bad weather conditions to reduce car accidents. However, if you happen to find yourself in the middle of dangerous weather, it is best to adjust your driving to the safest way possible.
Drinking alcohol messes with your brain’s ability to make decisions and it becomes difficult to avoid car accidents. Driving under the influence of alcohol also decreases your ability to make sound decisions. You MUST never drive while drunk.
Statistics show that at least one person is killed in a car accident by a drunk driver every 53 minutes and one person is injured every two minutes.
In Orlando, you’re considered a drunk driver if you have more than 0.08% of alcohol in your blood. Also, if you are driving under the influence of other drugs.
Careless/ reckless driving is more than just speeding. It also includes ignoring road signs, changing lanes incorrectly, road rage, and impatient driving.
Reckless driving increases your chances of getting into a car accident drastically. It is better to be safe than sorry, or worse yet, dead.
Driving when you are tired is a big NO, NO, and one of the greatest contributing factors to car accidents in Orlando.
If you’re tired, your reaction time reduces and you can easily get into a car accident. In some extreme cases, drivers even fall asleep at the wheel.
Law Offices Of Ernesto Gonzalez
If you find yourself in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to contact us, the Law Offices Of Ernesto Gonzalez. We have plenty of experience with car accidents in Orlando and we can help you.