Readers know that Florida roads can be particularly dangerous due to drivers who engage in risky behavior such as reckless driving, speeding, distracted driving and more. In fact, there are statistics that indicate Florida's roads are becoming more dangerous, particularly in south Florida. Despite concerns, there are fewer drivers getting tickets across the state.
In a few south Florida counties, the number of car accidents has increased by more than 30,000 between the years of 2012 and 2017. During this time, there were approximately 500,000 fewer tickets written by law enforcement. There are some who believe this lack of vigilance and accountability for reckless drivers could be a reason behind the increased number of accidents.
Is law enforcement to blame?
There are varying opinions about why some counties in the southern part of the state are having such a complex time with road safety and more, but many blame law enforcement. There could be a decrease in police presence because of the following reasons:
- Some departments are having to prioritize things other than speeding tickets due to staffing shortages.
- Police are now employing educational efforts and verbal warnings in order to discourage unsafe driving.
- State lawmakers now prohibit Florida law enforcement from having speeding ticket quotas, which means they may not write as many tickets.
The number of total motor vehicle accidents is rising in several highly populated areas of Florida. Many of these crashes are fatal, and yet, there have been fewer tickets and less effort from law enforcement to monitor roads.
You understand that every driver has the responsibility of making safe decisions behind the wheel. Each driver is accountable for his or her actions and resulting damages. One way you can fight back against dangerous driving is to hold these individuals accountable when they cause accidents.
How can you hold drivers accountable?
If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a reckless or speeding driver, you have the right to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. You do not have to suffer through the aftermath of your accident alone, but you can take immediate steps to protect your long-term interests.
A civil claim cannot reverse damage, but it can allow you to claim the financial restitution you need for medical bills, time missed from work and other recovery needs. An evaluation of your case can help you understand the specific options available to you as an accident victim.