5 Driving Habits That Cause Car Accidents in Florida

Fort Myers FL Auto Accident AttorneysDid you know that certain driving habits increase your risk for an auto accident in Florida? Fortunately, our car accident attorneys are here to let you know what habits you should immediately stop so you can be safer while driving.

We understand injuries can affect your ability to return to work and do everyday tasks, which is why we do everything in our power to make sure clients get the compensation they deserve.

Continue reading to learn about the 5 driving habits that cause car accidents in Florida. If you or a loved one have been recently injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our car accident attorneys.

Common Driving Habits That Cause Car Accidents:

  1. Driving under the influence
  2. Distracted driving
  3. Not using your blinker
  4. Not driving for weather conditions
  5. Driving while tired

Driving Under the Influence

It’s a myth that you can’t be arrested for drunk driving if you’re under the legal limit. In reality, you should never get behind the wheel of a car if you think your ability to drive has been compromised.

While it’s certainly easier for the prosecution to build their case if your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.08% or higher, the officer who arrested you can still testify that they saw you weave in traffic or witnessed other behaviors that would indicate you were too intoxicated to drive.

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It’s also important to understand that different people have different thresholds for how much alcohol they’re able to drink before getting “tipsy” or drunk. Even if you think your BAC is below 0.08%, get a ride with a sober friend or call a taxi if you think you won’t be able to drive home safely. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is an umbrella term that refers to any tasks you should wait to do until after you pull your car over in a safe location. Types of distracted driving include eating, having the radio turned on too loud, and texting and driving.

Texting and driving is now a primary traffic offense in the state of Florida as of July 1, 2019. This means that a police officer can pull you over solely for texting and driving.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident due to distracted driving, call one of our car accident lawyers as soon as possible.

Not Using Your Blinker

The blinker on your car is your way of communicating your intention to other drivers when you want to change lanes or turn. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who never use their turn signals or only use them on occasion.

When you don’t use your turn signal, it becomes too easy for you to accidentally cut off another vehicle and cause an accident. Make sure you always use your turn signal. The other drivers on the roads will thank you.

Not Driving for Weather Conditions

While Florida doesn’t get snow and ice during the winter, you still need to exercise caution when driving in bad weather. For example, heavy rain can make roads slippery, increase your risk of hydroplaning, and limit visibility.

When you know the weather is going to be bad, give yourself extra time on your commute so you don’t have to worry about being late to work. Also, be sure to put more distance between you and the car in front of you. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to stop if the vehicle in front of you brakes suddenly.

If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident where the weather was a factor, don’t hesitate to call our car accident attorneys to request a consultation.

Driving While Tired

If you’re truly exhausted, no amount of coffee is going to make you an alert driver. If you think your ability to drive has been compromised by your lack of sleep, we recommend getting a ride from someone or even pulling over to take a nap until you feel rested enough to drive safely.

We can’t tell you how many tragic accidents have happened in our great state because of exhausted drivers who fell asleep behind the wheel. Don’t let this be you.

If you or a loved one have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, be sure to request a consultation with one of our car accident lawyers. Our auto accident attorneys have experience helping clients receive the compensation they deserve. Even if you were partially responsible for the car accident, you may still be eligible for compensation.

How Can I Avoid Dangerous Driving?

While you can’t control who you share the road with, you can eliminate distractions to keep you and your family safe. Turn off your cell phone and avoid doing other tasks that take your attention away from the road. Paying full attention to the road can help you spot hazardous drivers before they get too close.

Make sure you also give yourself plenty of time to safely arrive at your destination. No amount of speeding or tailgating is worth getting into a serious accident. You’re also more likely to make mistakes when you’re under a lot of stress.

Call Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, P.A.

Our legal team is proud to serve clients in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples. To request a consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys in Florida, call Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, P.A. at (800) 283-7442.

This blog post has been updated.

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