It is rare when watching the news, reading the paper, or browsing the internet, that you won’t see or hear about a car accident. At times, it is right down the road from where you live, or in the intersection, you drove through just minutes before impact. We are all too often just seconds away from an automobile accident that could change our lives forever, or take it.
Auto accidents can occur at any time, in any location. It has been said that most car accidents happen just minutes from your home. The reason is thought to be due to drivers having a false sense of security in their own neighborhood, with knowing the roads, lights, and their surroundings. They tend to be slightly less careful when they feel at home. It is also a time when people tend not to wear seatbelts when otherwise they would. The person behind you, or heading your way, might not know the area at all. And, if they cross the line, run a red light, or are busy looking at the street signs, it doesn’t matter how well you know the area if you get in their way. An auto accident attorney might tell you that a false sense of security could easily be a common thread among a client base.
Regardless though, near home, or far away, there are a few common reasons behind a cause of auto accidents. If you find yourself a victim of a car accident in Tampa, contact Burnetti, P.A., an experienced Tampa team of attorneys specializing in auto accidents.
However, trying to avoid an accident is important, no matter who might be at fault. And, to avoid an auto accident, it makes sense to know some of the more common reasons they occur.
Texting While Driving Can Cause A Car Accident
There have been numerous reports and articles for quite some time now just how distracting and dangerous texting while driving can be. Yet, it still happens. It doesn’t take long to see someone who is texting on any road, at any given time. You can easily spot it, the driver’s head looking down or to the side, crossing over the lines, speeding up or slowing down for no apparent reason. Despite people saying they can drive while texting, it is distracting. It can also be deadly.
And, Tampa is the 2nd highest county in Florida for distracted-driver accidents in 2016. The laws are cracking down, and officers are looking for it. So, if you want to avoid an accident or a legal fight, pull over to text, or turn the phone off. If you are a victim of an accident involving the other driver’s texting, call a Tampa auto accident attorney to help recoup some of your loss.
More Distracted Driving
Playing with the music channels might get you to your favorite song. But, it can also get you in trouble if you don’t notice the car suddenly stopping in front you. Or, crossing the line, even for just a split second, can lead to a deadly crash. Other means of distraction include:
- Picking up something that dropped
- Eating or drinking
- Turning to talk to the kids in the back seat
- Reading a map
- Gawking at a car pulled over, for whatever reason
So many things can be distracting. If you find yourself being distracted by something or someone, pull over until it subsides.
Seems like common sense. But, yet people speed all the time. Speed limits exist for reasons other than making our lives complicated. Going too fast and losing control, or even too slow and forcing others to go around you, is a common cause of auto accidents. Pay attention to the speed limit signs and stick to them unless the weather or conditions of the road are bad.
Florida isn’t notorious for snow. So, Tampa drivers don’t have to worry about ice too often, or tracking through deep snow. However, rain, fog, and the wind can also wreak havoc on the roads. If the weather is questionable, adjust your speed or pull over. If others are not slowing down, and it’s making you uncomfortable, pull over for a while.
Just as with texting and driving, driving under the influence continues to be a problem, despite the multitude of information on it available to all drivers. Alcohol impairs judgment and slows down the reactionary ability. Quick decisions are slowed down, such as the ability to stop, turn with the curves in the road, or stop at a red light.
Want to go out for a drink or two? Have a designated driver, or call a cab. Never get behind the wheel after drinking, even if you feel you are still in control of your faculties. If you are a victim of a drunk driving auto accident, call the attorneys at Burnetti, P.A., of Tampa.
It seems everyone is in a hurry these days. Our lives are packed full of various activities such as jobs, sports for the kids, school events, and more. But, taking curves faster than we should, passing when we shouldn’t, riding another car’s bumper, changing lanes quickly without checking, won’t always get us where we are going quicker.
In fact, it rarely does. Even if you aren’t pulled over, or crash, studies show that all that effort is for naught. If you get there quicker, it might be seconds, not minutes. Have you ever had someone fly by you on the road, only to see them at the same red light as you within the next few minutes?
Every car has them, and they make it difficult to see everything around you while driving, especially when changing lanes. It’s best to check both side mirrors and the rear-view mirror before making a lane change. Turn your signal on, look, wait for a second, look again, then change when it is safe to proceed.
Also, try not to drive in the blind spots of the cars around you, except for passing and moving out of their blind spot quickly.
Driving While Tired
Operating a vehicle while overly tired is similar to drunk driving. It will slow down your senses. There are several suggestions as to what one can do if feeling drowsy behind the wheel; however, the best advice is to pull over immediately if you are tired. It could save not only your life, but also the lives of innocent others with which you are sharing the roadway. Drowsy driving is dangerous and can result in considerable damages.
Lack of Maintenance
A lack of maintenance can pertain to the vehicle or the conditions of the roadway. Hitting a pothole going down the highway can cause a driver to lose control, especially if it causes damage to the car. But, your vehicle should also be properly maintained to help prevent car accidents. There are several other factors to proper maintenance for a vehicle, all of which could potentially create a dangerous situation if not addressed properly in a timely fashion. Brake pads, proper fluid levels, tire tread, clean windshields, and properly replaced belts and hoses are just a few of the items on a vehicle that can contribute to an accident if not maintained before getting on the roadway.
These are some of the more common causes of auto accidents in Tampa. And, if you find that you are a victim of one, and the other driver was at fault and careless, consult with an experienced Tampa car accident attorney to learn about your rights. The attorneys at Burnetti, P.A. are ready to help with your car accident.