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As more and more people flood into Florida, our highways and local roads have become increasingly congested. Many of us battle daily traffic as we commute in and around Tampa for work, school, or activities. Unfortunately, more traffic equates to more accidents.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records over 400,000 accidents in 2021. That’s a 17.62% increase from the year before. While experts are calculating the 2022 statistics, we’re not expecting them to be much better. Unfortunately, many of these accidents could be prevented, but to do that, we have to know the source of the problem.

What causes most car accidents in Florida?

While there are always outlying circumstances, the top 5 causes for car accidents in Florida are currently:

  • the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • using a mobile phone behind the wheel
  • speeding
  • poor weather conditions
  • running red lights or stop signs

At Brooks Law Group, we believe education and awareness are key to accident prevention. We strive to provide resources like this blog to share statistics, and inform the public of the driving behaviors that lead to thousands of injuries and deaths in Florida each year.

Interstate highway i95 driving car pov in Florida and traffic jam of many trucks vehicles stuck due to accident on road

How can you do your part to prevent accidents?

First, abstain from the above behaviors. They seem simplistic, but how often do you test the limits by just trying to send one more text before the light turns, or drive with one hand while you scroll your phone for the next song? We all can admit to occasionally speeding up to make it through a light, or accidentally missing a stop sign because we’re in a hurry. No one is immune to making a mistake, but avoiding the listed behaviors are one of the best ways to avoid causing an accident. What about other drivers though?

Do you know how to protect yourself while on the road?

Our top tip here is to stay vigilant and practice “defensive driving” behind the wheel. Awareness of your surroundings, other drivers, upcoming traffic, etc. means you’re better prepared to react if something starts to go wrong. Drivers coming into your lane because they aren’t paying attention isn’t something you can prevent…but you can react appropriately by braking or getting out of the way if you’re watching it unfold. Those reactions are part of driving defensively, and it can save your life or the lives of your passengers.

Have you or someone you love been injured in an accident on Florida’s roads? The team of experienced accident lawyers at Brooks Law Group fight for you as you seek justice. We are passionate about making our roads safer, and making sure reckless or negligent drivers are held accountable. We go after the compensation you deserve, and stand in your corner to provide assurance, support, and a voice throughout your case. When you don’t know where to turn after your accident, Look to Brooks. Schedule your FREE consultation with our attorneys today.

Steve was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. As was the practice for new doctors his father worked day and night during his medical residency at Charity Hospital there. Steve comes from a long line of doctors. His father, his grandfather, his great grandfather, even two uncles were all specialists and/or surgeons in their chosen medical specialties, including internal medicine specialist, obstetrics / gynecology, neurosurgery and general practice / surgery. His great-great grandfather was the Surgeon General of Ohio during the Civil War.