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The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Florida

The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Florida

Most car accidents in Florida share similar factors with those across the country. And like those car accidents, many can be avoided by making better choices behind the wheel. So far this year, Florida has seen 317,721 reported car crashes. More than a third of those led to injuries to the involved parties and over 2,000 led to fatalities. Just over seven percent of Florida car accidents occurred in Hillsborough County. Almost half of the car accidents reported in Hillsborough County this year have resulted in injuries, though thankfully, the County has seen a lower percentage of fatalities than the state at large. (Statistics are accurate as of 10/25/2018.) The 5 Top Causes of Car Accidents in Florida Below are the five top causes of car accidents in Florida and why they may occur. Distracted Driving Floridians, like other Americans, love their smartphones. Unfortunately, those same smartphones are a huge distraction when we’re in our vehicles. And it isn’t just our smartphones that are taking our attention away from the road. Switching radio stations, eating, drinking, having a conversation with a passenger—all of these are considered distracted driving and they each affect our ability to concentrate on the road in a different way. When we’re driving, we need to visually concentrate on the road in front of us and the vehicles around us. We need to have our hands on the wheels, physically responding to traffic and any obstacles on the road. In addition, we have to be focused on what we’re doing mentally so we can anticipate the actions of those around us and make smart choices. When...