Motor vehicle collisions are not uncommon in Florida, and trends suggest these crashes are becoming more dangerous. Some may feel surprised that car crashes appear to inflict more harm and cause more severe accidents. Modern technology added many more safety features, and years of public awareness campaigns helped educate people about the risks of reckless behaviors. Even so, other factors play a role in the increase in vehicle accidents and their severity.
Dangerous modern trends
CCC Intelligent Solutions, a digital and data tech company for the insurance and automobile industry, released a report that examines various emerging accident trends, as evidenced by automobile accident claims. The claims suggest the increase in severe accidents derives from several factors, including more distractions and heavier vehicles, among other reasons.
While many advanced tech-based safety features attempt to make driving less dangerous, technology also contributes to distractions. Infotainment displays that allow drivers to make phone calls or engage with smartphone apps may take concentration away from the wheel and the road. Of course, people may fall victim to perennial distracting behaviors, such as rubbernecking or eating while driving.
People now drive bigger and heavier vehicles. The SUV remains one of the more popular vehicles, and some models carry massive weight. Pickup trucks gained mainstream appeal, and shoppers may purchase powerful super-duty models for routine commuting and vacation pursuits. Because of their size and weight, these vehicles can inflict tremendous damage on cars they crash into.
Auto insurance claims often seek compensation for property damage and bodily injury suffered from motor vehicle accidents. Larger vehicles may cause crushing injuries or fatalities, which could leave the victims or their survivors seeking compensation from the negligent party.
Distracted, intoxicated or reckless drivers could be solely at fault for any harm they inflict. An insurance settlement could cover a victim’s losses, but some cases may require going to court when the offer is insufficient.