Not long ago this West Palm Beach legal blog offered a post regarding the role that negligence plays in many vehicle collisions. Drivers who drive while drunk, distracted or otherwise unfocussed cause serious and sometimes fatal collisions with other motorists who cannot avoid confronting them. Drivers owe a duty to the individuals with whom they share the roads and when they fail in that duty they expose themselves to possible legal claims for damages.
Vehicle accidents are called accidents because they are usually caused by drivers who are not paying enough attention to the important task of operating their cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles. While some road incidents may occur due to intentional conduct, such as when an aggressive driver allows road rage to control them and they intentionally collide with another vehicle, most accidents on Florida roads happen because drivers are not paying attention to what they are doing.
Car accidents can happen to anyone practically anytime that they are out on Florida's many roads and highways. A driver's failure to yield, failure to check their blind spot, failure to brake in time and many other failures of proper driving conduct can result in dangerous and sometimes fatal vehicle collisions. After an automobile crash a victim may feel helpless to seek the compensation they need to pay for their accident associated medical bills, replace their lost wages and repair the property that was damaged when a negligent driver set their life into a damaging spiral.
Law enforcement officials throughout the state of Florida take many proactive steps to keep drunk drivers off of the roads. They patrol for affected drivers and set up sobriety checkpoints to look for individuals who may be too intoxicated to operate their motor vehicles. They run anti-drunk driving campaigns to educate Floridians on the dangers of driving while under the influence and enforce the state's drunk driving laws to deter individuals from getting behind the wheel when inebriated.
No one expects to get into a car accident but an alarming number of crashes, collisions and incidents occur on the streets and freeways of West Palm Beach. Every time an accident occurs, individuals' lives are thrown into upheaval as they struggle to manage the influx of work that they must do in order to get their lives back on track. When they suffer injuries in their crashes it can be even more challenging to put their accidents behind them and move their lives forward.
One of Florida's most famous residents lives just a few miles north of West Palm Beach. In May, Tiger Woods was arrested for driving while under the influence and for reckless driving near him Jupiter home.
The popularity of smartphones can be seen throughout the United States. If you are sitting in a bus or at a café, look around and notice the dozens of people with their eyes fixated on their phones and tablets. While this technology is undoubtedly embraced by many Americans, it has also led to a substantial increase in accidents on the roads.
Crash reports can play an important role in many contexts here in the United States.
Careless conduct by drivers can endanger a wide range of people. This includes motorcyclists they share the roads with. Motorcycle accidents can have particularly severe consequences. They sometimes take the lives of the motorcyclists involved.
Unfortunately, recent statistics indicate that the state saw more traffic fatalities last year than it has in awhile.