More than $40 Billion Shelled Out for Car Accidents in West Palm Beach and Elsewhere
Gregg Hollander | July 29, 2011 | Personal Injury
There were more than 33,000 traffic accident fatalities in 2009 alone, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Nearly 3,000 of these traffic deaths were on Florida roadways during that year, according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.
Our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys understand the misfortune that can come along with a car accident.
Motorists can be seriously injured, lose time from work, have to cover medical expenses and can be responsible for damage costs. It is critical for you to seek reliable representation to protect yours rights after being involved in a car accident in Florida.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly $41 billion is spent each year in medical expenses and work-loss costs in connection to car accidents in Boca Raton and elsewhere throughout the United States.
To make matters even worse, a number of states are passing laws to increase the speed limits on their highways. Some states are even making the jump to 85 mph, according to Automotive Industry Today.
We haven’t given up hope just yet. There are still safety measures and precautionary measures that can be taken to increase roadway safety.
In an effort to reduce these incidents and to cut down on these traffic-accident related costs, the NHTSA recommends that states consider the following:
–Make seat belt use a statewide law. Luckily Florida is one step ahead of the game. We’ve already got mandatory seat belt laws for all vehicle occupants. Thirty other states currently enforce a similar law. Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have implemented primary seat belt laws.
–Enact booster or car seat laws for all children. Currently, every single state has child restraint or safety belt laws for children. The problem is, each state’s law differs with age, safety requirements and penalties for failing to properly buckle a child into a seat belt.
–Implement graduated driver licensing (GDL) laws. This is another area in which Florida is ahead of the game. An effective GDL program sets boundaries for young drivers in various stages until they can obtain full-driving privileges. Typically, GDL programs contain three stages: learner, intermediate and nonrestrictive. The CDC reports that GDL programs have the ability to reduce teen deaths by up to 40 percent.
In 2009, fatal traffic accidents totaled a cost of more than $3 billion. Medical costs attributed to $40 million of the costs while work loss costs totaled $3.12 billion. With stricter enforcement of safe driving laws, Florida may be able to bring down some of these costs and save some lives on our roadways in future years.