Researchers say Florida should improve traffic law.


Javier A. Finlay

2/24/20222 min read

red light of traffic light
red light of traffic light

In Florida and across the United States, there are many factors that are assessed in the context of traffic safety. Of course, driver behavior is one of the first issues that is considered when there is a motor vehicle accident with injuries and loss of life. That, however, often hinges on the state laws for driving safely. For example, if a driver is behaving recklessly or swerving unusually, law enforcement is likely to keep an eye on that driver and initiate a traffic stop. Even with that, there is a limit to what law enforcement can do based on the laws that are in place. This should be considered when taking to the road and especially after there has been a crash.

Suggested improvements

A recent study found Florida to be lacking in various laws that are believed to enhance safety. According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, there are 16 optimal laws that states should implement to maximize safety. Among them are rules for younger drivers, laws against distracted driving, requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets and more. In its report, states were labeled with red, yellow and green lights based on how many of these optimal laws they had in place. Florida was given a red light because it only as six of the suggested laws.

Seatbelts were referenced as a major safety concern. Since law enforcement cannot stop and cite a driver if a person in the backseat was not wearing a seatbelt unless a separate violation had been committed, many people do not wear the seatbelt when in the back. In addition to the rules it suggests, the group would like the Sunshine State to put stricter mandates in place for DUIs, distraction and young drivers. Given the costs that accompany an auto accident, these ideas could be beneficial to make the roads safer for everyone.

Justice after an accident

People who are injured or have lost a loved one in an auto accident will undergo dramatic life changes in every way. They may not be able to do the same type of work they did before, could face problems contributing to a family and deal exorbitant medical expenses. Thinking the insurance company will cover for all that was lost is often a mistake. From the outset, it is imperative to be protected. For experienced and caring advice, consulting with those who are experienced in state laws and investigating the circumstances of the crash can be helpful to achieve a positive result.