After the Car Accident

Life after a car accident is usually not a lot of fun. A little prevention goes a long way toward avoiding accidents in the first place. Of course, we hope that everyone would practice these safe-driving tips, but unfortunately not all people do or will.

More traffic on the roads is inevitable with our increasing population. Things aren’t as they once were decades ago when the most traffic you saw on the road was a horse and buggy and perhaps a Model T. No, the 21st century has brought with it more people, more cars, super serious power for those cars and higher levels of road rage.

Road rage leads to accidents and accidents lead to injuries or fatalities. If you are unable to avoid an accident, then make sure you know your rights. Know them before you get into a mess, not afterwards, and don’t talk to anyone after an accident until you speak to a Florida accident attorney. This is the only way to ensure proper compensation after the accident.

What about before the accident? What can be done to reduce crashes? The number one cause of most accidents is a moment of bad judgment by the driver. They break road rules and disobey traffic laws, run yellow lights, tailgate, speed when they shouldn’t and don’t yield the right of way to oncoming traffic.

Cause number two is road conditions combined with unsafe driving; and cause three won’t surprise you at all – blabbing on a cell phone. Sure there are other factors that cause traffic accidents such as DWI of alcohol or a drug, not paying attention, just plain ignorance of the traffic laws or being a new driver with zero for experience.

The cell phone issue may be on its way to being resolved. California and New York have banned cell phone usage unless the driver uses a headset. This, of course, doesn’t address the issue of concentration.

Another solution has been developed in Canada, a small sensor that is embedded in the cell phone that detects when it is moving as fast as a car. The speed/motion shuts the phone down totally and the driver is unable to use the phone while driving.

The sensor sends a signal to the cell phone provider who then holds all calls. The caller is told the person they wish to talk to is driving, and to call back later. There is an option to send an emergency message immediately.

The bottom line here is that people don’t seem to comprehend that driving is not a right, but a privilege; and that it needs to be respected. The task of trying to educate people not to be negligent is far too overwhelming to be undertaken in a manner that hits home to the vast majority of American drivers.

We will only make a difference by being sure that we obey the rules of the road, drive safely, drive with respect and drive with caution to avoid accidents. This isn’t to say you may not be involved in one anyway, as you can’t control the other driver’s habits. Changing the way we drive, one driver at a time, is the only way to tackle the enormity of this problem.

Tony Francis is an Orlando personal injury lawyer. His practice specializes in being an Orlando accident lawyer helping innocent victims get compensation for their losses. To learn more, visit

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