What Can Florida Do to Prevent Accidents on Its Roadways?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 3, 2012

Sarasota personal injury attorneyAs we have discussed on this blog, Florida often receives bad marks when it comes to traffic safety. For instance, Florid was ranked the fourth most dangerous state in in terms of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities last year.

As Florida personal injury attorneys, we hope the New Year will be better.

To start 2012, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recently released the 2012 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws, the ninth annual report card grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance when it comes to implementing 15 basic traffic safety laws. Among the laws are seat belt, booster seat and motorcycle helmet measures as well as restrictions and requirements for teen drivers, all-driver texting bans, and tougher impaired driving laws.

The good news is that Florida did not rank at the bottom; the bad news is that we didn’t rank near the top either. Instead, Florida received a designation of yellow, which means "cautious."

As defined by the report card, yellow states have adopted 6 to 10 of the key traffic laws, with a primary seat belt law, or 7 to 13 laws without a primary seat belt law.

In order to improve our ranking, the report found that the following highway safety laws are needed in Florida:

  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet
  • Law
Booster Seat Law
  • Graduated Drivers License - Minimum Age 16 for Learner's Permit
  • Graduated Drivers License - Nighttime Restriction Provision
  • Graduated Drivers License - Passenger Restriction Provision
  • Graduated Drivers License - Cell Phone Restriction Provision
  • Ignition Interlock Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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