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What Are The Biggest Causes of Auto Accidents in FL?

As the number of drivers increases, so does the possibility of different kinds of auto accidents. On one hand, new safety technologies, such as automatic braking, lane assist, and cruise control, among others, really help with keeping drivers safe. On the other hand, they may also give drivers a false sense of security and confidence. This is why all drivers must be aware of the leading causes of auto accidents. These include driver errors, mechanical problems, road hazards, and adverse weather conditions.

Driver Error

Based on the official report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a wide variety of factors come into play when it comes to driver error, with most of them linked to poor and rash decision-making. Remember that every single action you make while driving could decrease or increase the risk of getting into an auto accident. However, you may also be endangered because of another driver’s actions, which you can’t control.

The following are the top causes of driver error:

  • Driver distraction
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Aggressive driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Failing to notice other motorists
  • Driver fatigue

Mechanical Problems

Recalls of various motor vehicles have been made over the years due to various defects and flaws discovered after the vehicles have already been sold. Vehicle manufacturers and suppliers of vehicle components might be held legally liable for accidents when their products failed to function as intended or when product defects result in component failure, causing an accident.

However, it’s also the responsibility of drivers to maintain their vehicles regularly to minimize the risk of mechanical failure. A lot of lives have been changed forever or lost in catastrophic auto accidents because of mechanical failures. The most common examples of defective design and mechanical failure include brake and/or tire failure, suspension and steering system failures, and malfunctioning lighting systems.

Road Hazards Due to Human Error

There are instances in which other people, besides drivers and other motorists, can be held legally liable for auto accidents. For instance, when local governments fail to maintain the roads or when road construction workers fail to secure a construction site. Common road hazards due to human error include:

  • Broken traffic control devices, such as traffic lights
  • Roads with inaccurate signs
  • Poorly maintained roads
  • Heavy construction equipment
  • Improperly designed intersections

Adverse Weather Conditions

Adverse weather conditions, such as the following, could play a huge role in auto accidents by making it harder on drivers to identify road hazards and impact their ability to safely operate their vehicles:

  • Snow and ice
  • Flooding and heavy rainfall
  • Heavy fog
  • Extreme glare from the sun

Seek Legal Guidance from a Competent Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer Today

When another driver’s negligent or reckless actions threaten the safety of other road users, they must be held legally accountable for the consequences. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in FL, reach out to the Tragos, Sartes, & Tragos law firm today at 727-441-9093 or via our online contact form to arrange your free case review with our Tampa auto accident lawyer.