Why Do Car Accidents Happen?

Experienced Longwood, FL auto accident attorney explains common causes of car accidents

Auto accidents happen for many reasons. Whatever the cause of your car crash, make sure you have an attorney who will take your case seriously right from the start: the Law Office of Scott M. Miller. Attorney Miller and his team are familiar with many of the common causes of car accidents and know how to build compelling legal cases.

An attorney with nearly 20 years' experience, Scott M. Miller began his career as a lawyer in Chicago. After five years of handling a variety of cases in Illinois, he moved Florida and starting his own practice. He's also worked with clients on several high-profile accident cases featured on ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS' "The Saturday Early Show."

What are the common causes of auto accidents in Florida?

No two accidents are ever alike. But there are similarities between many of the most common types of car accidents. Contributing factors in these accidents often involve:

Why should I hire Florida attorney Scott M. Miller to handle my car accident?

When you have a tough-minded lawyer on your side, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. Scott M. Miller is a lawyer who knows what's needed to get results. He carefully investigates the accident. He typically consults with top experts in their field to analyze accident and injury data.

Use of Drugs or Alcohol

Every two minutes, someone sustains a serious injury due to a drunk driver nationwide, according to statistics compiled by U.S. Department of Transportation. And every 30 minutes, a drunk driver kills someone in an accident. In Florida, 33,625 people were convicted of DUI in 2011. In Orange County alone, there were 1,383 DUI convictions in 2010.

While Florida law enforcement is tough on drunk drivers, the consequences of drinking and driving, or using drugs behind the wheel, do not seem to deter some drivers. In 2012, the state recorded 697 drunk driving deaths.

Drunk drivers and drivers high on drugs need to be held accountable for their actions. The dangers of drunk driving have been well documented for decades. That's why we take such cases so seriously at the Law Office of Scott M. Miller.

If you or a loved one was injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver in Florida, Attorney Miller can work with you and make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves. We routinely review accident reports and arrest records when building strong DUI accident cases.

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Use of Cell Phones to Text or Talk

Texting while driving is against the law in Florida for all drivers. Including Florida, 44 states have similar laws nationwide banning texting while driving as of December 2014, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

In addition, 14 other states have laws requiring drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone. But several recent studies have found that such hands-free devices can be just as dangerous for drivers. That's because simply talking on a phone can be distracting to drivers.

What does all this mean? Texting and using cellphones while driving can be dangerous. That's probably why both these activities have been cited as some of the leading causes of car accidents in recent years, including rear-end accidents.

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Other Distractions

Texting and cellphones aren't the only forms of distracted driving in Florida. Decades before cell phones became commonplace, drivers were allowing themselves to be distracted by any number of activities. At the Law Office of Scott M. Miller, we frequently work with people injured in car accidents caused by drivers distracted by:

  • GPS devices - Even looking away for a just a few seconds to get directions can sometimes result in an accident.
  • Radios - Drivers attempting to change the station or adjust the volume on a car stereo often cause accidents.
  • Eating while driving - Eating and driving can be distracting and result in a car accident.
  • Personal grooming - From applying makeup to combing hair, accidents often happen due to such distracting activities.
  • Watching video on electronic devices - You would be surprised by the number of car accidents caused by people watching videos while driving in Florida and elsewhere.

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Ignoring Speed Limits or Driving Too Fast for Conditions

Speeding remains one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding is factor is 30 percent of all fatal car accidents nationwide, killing an estimated 1,000 people every month.

To understand just how dangerous speeding can be, consider the difference of just 10 miles per hour. If you are traveling 30 miles per hour, you will need 125 feet or 1.5 seconds (the average reaction time) to stop a vehicle. If you're going 40 miles per hour, you would drive an extra 22 feet before applying the brakes and travel an extra 44 feet before stopping. That extra 66 feet could be the difference between being involved in an accident and safely driving away.

Now, imagine you're on a highway, traveling much faster with many other cars on the road. It's no wonder many speeding accidents occur on highways like I-4 in Orlando and other locations in Florida.

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Drivers Who Are Over Tired or Who Fall Asleep

Asleep at the wheel accidents often result in serious rear-end accidents or head-on collisions. That's because the driver who falls asleep does not realize he's about to crash into another vehicle. As a result, the driver doesn't apply the brakes and crashes full speed into another car. In other cases, a driver is fatigued. While she might not fall asleep, the driver nevertheless has a delayed reaction time, reduced vigilance and faces a higher accident risk than a driver who is well-rested.

It can be difficult to prove an accident was caused by a tired driver. There's no "Breathalyzer" test to determine if the driver fell asleep. But through a comprehensive investigation, the Law Office of Scott M. Miller can uncover the truth. We can interview witnesses and look into the at-fault driver's background.

While someone who causes a fatigued driving accident might not receive the same public scorn as a drunk driver, it's important to remember that tired drivers made a conscious decision not to pull over and rest. Instead, they continued driving and ended up causing a serious accident.

And to make matters more complicated, many drivers who fall asleep at the wheel deny any wrongdoing. That's why it's critical you have an experienced attorney on your side that knows how to investigate asleep at the wheel accidents and has the case results to prove it.

Contact the Law Office of Scott M. Miller. You can reach us 24 hours a day at (866) MILLER-5 and schedule an appointment. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you.

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