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The Most Common Causes of Intersection Accidents in Florida


July 14, 2019

Intersections across the state of Florida are extremely common locations for accidents to occur.  When drivers do not yield or they fail to follow traffic signals, it places other drivers at a higher risk of serious injuries and sometimes even death. One of the top reasons for an intersection-related accident is a failure of a driver to stop when there is a red light. 

What are the Most Common Causes of Intersection Related Accidents in Florida?

While there are many causes of intersection accidents in Florida, the most common are as follows:

  • Driving while distracted.  Talking on a cellphone, text messaging, emailing, eating, talking with passengers, and multi-tasking all lead to driver distraction, which is likely to cause an accident at an intersection where the driver is not paying attention.
  • Driving while tired.  According to recent studies, drivers that are tired may be equivalent to drunk drivers due to slowed reaction time.
  • Intersections that are poorly designed.  Some intersections tend to be more dangerous than others, especially when they are poorly designed, which could lead to impaired visibility.
  • Speeding.  Under Florida Statute 316.183, it is illegal to go above the posted speed limit.  For those who speed, especially through intersections, this could result in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. This is because at higher speeds, it is harder to brake in time to avoid hitting other drivers in an intersection.
  • Impaired driving.  Under Florida Statute 316.193, it is illegal to operate a vehicle at a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent or greater.  Drivers who are impaired due to drugs and/or alcohol have reduced response times, leading to the potential for accidents to occur at an intersection.

Accident News is a driver safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Source: Florida Statute 316.183, Florida Statute 316.193

Category: Auto Accidents

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.