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Bigger cars offer passengers more protection

Florida motorists know that car crashes can happen at any time. But the chances of serious injury differ depending on a variety of circumstances, one of which is the size of the car. A vehicle's crashworthiness is determined by its size and weight in addition to its materials and structural integrity. Technological advances can aid drivers and have the potential to reduce the risk of, but bigger, heavier vehicles often simply hold up better and give more protection to occupants.

Injury rates can be cut by collision avoidance systems

Collision avoidance systems can seriously cut down on the number of Florida car accidents and especially those resulting in injuries, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In fact, the IIHS found that vehicles with the warning systems had an 11 percent lower rate of sideswipe, head-on and single-car crashes. In addition, cars equipped with this technology saw a 21 percent decrease in the rate of such accidents causing injuries.

What could keep driverless cars off of the road

Florida residents may imagine a day when they can get into a car that drives itself. Companies such as Google, Apple and GM have invested time and money into driverless car technology. Intel thinks that self-driving vehicles could create an industry worth $7 trillion by 2050. They could cut down on the nearly 100 people who are killed in the United States each day on the road.

IIHS report blames improving economy for crash fatality increase

Florida roads have become more dangerous even with technological safety features in new vehicles, according to a study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at the accident records of the various cars, pickup trucks and SUVs sold in the United States, and the nonprofit organization found that road fatalities are increasing around the country even among the drivers of newer vehicles equipped with sophisticated crash avoidance systems.

Crash data shows that lower speed limits save lives

The state of Florida has set speed limits at 70 mph on interstates, 65 mph on rural divided highways with four lanes and 60 mph on other state highways. While frantic commuters and long-distance truck drivers may approve of these measures, most road safety groups would prefer speed limits to be set lower. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied the impact that rising speed limits have had on traffic accident fatality rates over the last 20 years, and the nonprofit group concluded that road deaths increase by 4 percent for every 5 mph that these limits are increased.

IIHS testing reveals safety flaw in Tesla Model S

Florida residents have likely heard about the impressive safety features fitted to Tesla's range-topping Model S. The luxury sedan has been called the safest car to ever go on sale in the United States, but it failed to impress testers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it was put through its paces in a series of grueling accident simulations. The IIHS evaluated six full-sized sedans, and the Tesla Model S was one of three that failed to earn a coveted place on the nonprofit organization's safest cars list.

Steps to take after a car accident

A car accident can happen on a Florida road in the blink of an eye, and in most cases, drivers have little or no time to prepare for one. However, there are a few steps that motorists might find it advisable to take in the immediate aftermath, especially if they were not at fault for the collision.

Study looks at car crashes involving children

Florida residents might like to know how their state fares when it comes to children's safety during automobile accidents. In general, fatalities involving children below the age of 15 were most common in the South and least common in the Northeast. Common causes of fatalities were unused or improperly used restraints. Florida had one of the lowest percentages of child deaths with 12 percent.

Distracted drivers injure more people than drunk drivers

The statistics about distracted driving reveal the extent of the danger for travelers on Florida roads. Information collected by AT&T about the problem showed that a shocking 70 percent of people surveyed admitted to using their smartphones while driving. With such a high percentage of people taking their eyes off the road, distracted driving has exceeded the menace of drunk driving. Annually, distracted drivers injure between 400,000 and 600,000 people whereas drunk drivers inflict injuries on about 290,000 people.

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