Miami Car Accident Lawyer explains why driving in Miami is so Dangerous-
Why is driving in Miami so Dangerous?
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm deals with car accident victims everyday. That’s because driving in Miami can be an absolute nightmare to anyone that takes to avenues, streets, and highways. According to published studies, motorists in Miami are considered among the worst in the nation, followed by New Jersey and Massachusetts. But why is driving in Miami, or Florida for that matter, so dangerous? Some of the reasons for the high number of car accidents may include:
- Failure to use turn signals
- Unfamiliar with the area
- Vast number of distractions
- High number of tourists year-round
- Diverse array of residents from other countries
- Large number of vehicles of all kinds all the time
FAILURE TO USE TURN SIGNALS
Miami motorists are notorious for not using their turn signals. Thus, in order to prevent a car accident, stay alert to the movement of vehicles that travel in front of you and use preventive maneuvers to avoid hitting other cars. When attempting an emergency maneuver, remember to check your rearview mirrors to avoid hitting vehicles travelling beside you or too closely behind. By implementing the use of your turn signals, you can greatly reduce the chances of causing or being involved in a traffic accident in Miami. Lawyers recommend using turn signals whenever making a lane change as well.
UNFAMILIAR WITH THE TERRAIN
Given the thriving tourism industry and vast number of visitors it lures, taking to roadways and streets can make driving quite dangerous, especially with so many people relying heavily on GPS services to get around. This usually implies looking at their cellphones or other GPS devices. Whenever a person uses an app, they become distracted, and distraction is one of the most frequent causes of car accidents. In Miami, the lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm handle a vast number of car accident cases and insurance claims that involve people from many parts of the world, not only the USA. Visitors from abroad usually drive differently, especially those from South America, where no rules apply. Furthermore, many visitors don’t know exactly where they are going or how to get there. When lost, confusion and panic become normal reactions to motorists. This can cause an accident, especially after dark. If you get lost or not sure in which way to go, stop at a gas station and get directions. If you want to use a GPS service, pull over to a safe place and activate your GPS service. Always avoid using your cellphone while in motion. Distracted drivers and negligent cellphone use are soon to become the main reason for traffic accidents. In Miami, the car accident lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm recommend using a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft to get around in Florida.
As mentioned, cellphones are the number one cause of most accidents in Miami, as well as the majority of cities around the world. But when combined with exit signs on roadways and breathtaking urban landscapes, it gets hard keeping your eyes on the road. Most car accidents happen when drivers are distracted. The Perazzo Law Firm lawyers understand that most car accidents that occur from becoming distracted involve rear-end collisions with other vehicles that are stopped or slowed in traffic. Sometimes, pedestrians fall victim to distracted drivers. Keep your eyes on the road and remember to check your rearview mirrors whenever attempting a lane change or turning at intersections.
TOURIST AND DRIVING
Miami and Orlando alone attract a huge number of tourists year round from countries all over the world. Many foreigners visiting Florida choose to rent cars or vans to get around cities and to visit the many sites to see. When people from other countries drive in the USA, they may be unfamiliar with the local traffic laws, which may vary from their country of origin. Driving in South America, for example, is much different than in the U.S., simply because driving laws are literally ignored by motorists and the local authorities. This fact can lead to careless driving and car accidents in the U.S. Visitors from Great Britain or Australia, may be unfamiliar with driving on the left, as opposed to driving on the right. Talk about backwards! Regardless of the origin of the motorist taking to Florida roadways, city avenues and streets, the majority of the tourists are lost amid the normal flow of traffic. It’s quite common for tourists to get lost or disoriented. When this happens, it’s normal for a sense of panic to take over calm and rational thinking. A lost driver may switch lanes without signaling or using their rear view mirrors. Many drivers may not be familiar with stop signs or left turning lanes and cause a car accident. However, lawyers understand right-hand turns to be one of the most common traffic accidents. If you plan to visit Florida and operate a motor vehicle, the Perazzo Law Firm lawyers suggest you become familiar with the basic driving laws in order to help prevent against a car accident.
CONGESTED ROADWAYS, AVENUES, AND STREETS
There are over 15 million registered motor vehicles in Florida. This figures makes for a whopping number of cars, trucks, and motorbikes operating on a daily basis. With so many vehicles taking to roadways, avenues, and streets, traffic accidents are practically inevitable. Collisions involving cars and trucks are common when cars share roadways with trucks, especially when the weather conditions are adverse (see driving in bad weather). This fact combines with all the above listed factors that make driving in Florida more dangerous than any other U.S. state.
Jonathan Perazzo, founder at the Perazzo Law Firm and a dedicated car accident lawyer in Miami, serves individuals and families who have suffered injury due to the negligence of others. With a deep understanding of the emotional toll accidents can take, our firm is committed to helping those in need.
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