Browsing: Driving Mistakes

People cozy up to their cell phone as though these small devices are their best friend in the world. But it cannot be stressed enough: Distracted driving kills. Cell phone use while driving kills. And because of that well established fact, this little friend is probably the worst enemy you will ever have. This message is especially important in a state such as Florida, in which a person behind the wheel cannot be pulled over and ticketed merely for driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. According to DMVFlorida.org: “Driving and talking on a cell phone is perfectly legal in Florida. But should you do it? We’ve all seen drivers with cell phones glued to their ears changing lanes too close to you, rolling through stop signs, or just not driving well at all. One of the biggest…

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Be aware of stopped vehicles on Fort Lauderdale’s roads To ring in 2017 and caution safety in the new year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles posted a very important warning to drivers (https://www.flhsmv.gov/2017/01/03/law-move-florida/) on the importance of moving over in the event of stopped vehicles from car crashes or other emergencies on the road. Moving over from the lane closest to the emergency protects law enforcement, first responders and service vehicles and prevents further car crashes and personal injury. The (DHSMV) has posted a reminder to motorists to Move Over for stopped law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles and Road Rangers during its second annual Move Over, Florida! campaign. According to the website, in 2016, there were more than 200 crashes that occurred and 5,518 citations issued for failure to move over in Florida…

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For some, their cell phones are their lifelines and a separation can cause withdrawal. That’s not a joke – research has shown that addiction to cell phones takes on characteristics very similar to other kinds of addiction. This becomes particularly scary when the cell phone is the other passenger in the car, one which needs constant attention from the driver. Like other addicts, cell phone addicts believe they have it all under control. In fact, according to an article on psychguides.com, “Many people believe that they can multitask and use their phones while driving, but this causes significant impairment and puts the driver and others on the road in danger.” Research shows that texting and driving, and cell phone use in general behind the wheel, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Of course, the cell phone has become…

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One of the trickier traffic maneuvers for drivers in South Florida is negotiating the U-turn in heavily traveled intersections. Intersections represent one of the most dangerous areas for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists –  with people turning right, going straight, heading right on red and, of course, making U-turns. A driver’s eyes have only seconds to scan the entire scene before heading forward – many times, it’s an accident waiting to happen. The personal injury that could result from such accidents can have significant effects the same day, weeks or months and years after the incident. The simple truth is that injury is a reality of life, and a personal injury protection attorney in Ft. Lauderdale can help pave the way for injured parties to receive the compensation they deserve. But the best sort of accident prevention is always anticipation of…

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Edmunds.com has some good advice for motorists when it comes to driving on crowded roadways and avoiding car crashes. It would seem a simple thing to reason – you avoid car crashes by concentrating on the road and keeping your hands off of devices that distract your attention, don’t you? Of course you do, but that’s not all that you have to consider. As the Edmunds article attests, avoiding a car accident is more than looking both ways before heading through an intersection. That is good advice, but there are many more aspects of driving that need to be considered, particularly modern driving, in which distractions are much greater for people behind the wheel. The personal injury you suffer in a car accident could reverberate across a lifetime and any personal injury attorney will attest that avoiding motor vehicle accidents…

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Drivers, introduce yourselves to a device on the steering column that is, perhaps, one of the most important features of your car, save for, perhaps, the brakes, but is constantly overlooked: It’s your turn signal indicator. And lack of its use could be responsible for as many as two million nationwide accidents annually, according to an NBC news report. Experts say that the inability for drivers to make the simple move to turn the signal on as a way to let other drivers know where they’re going, may be, perhaps, deadly than distracted driving. The inability of South Florida drivers to use their signals is rampant. The Society of Automotive Engineers says that drivers either neglect to use their signals when changing lanes – or fail to turn the signals off – 48 percent of the time, according to the…

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It’s not uncommon to find yourself out on the road under less than desirable conditions, both physically and mentally. You’ve had a tough day, you’re tired, you have worries on your mind. The car is making weird noises. Every driver next to you or in front of you is a potential irritant.  This all could lead to driving mistakes. This is particularly the case with teenage drivers, who have not yet the full cognitive or emotional abilities to cope with many challenges facing them as they drive. But for safety’s sake, driving should be anything but common. Personal injury from driver error, or from the weather or an unsafe vehicle, can lead to a lifetime of health issues. All drivers should review the most common driving mistakes so as not to take anything for granted. In addition, it is especially…

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