Common causes of serious auto accidents

With several deadly crashes on Indian River Drive in Fort Pierce in recent months, St. Lucie County lawmakers have been advocating for new safety laws. Residents attribute the number and severity of accidents to constant illegal passing, reckless driving and speeding on the road. 

Review the laws about these dangerous driving actions in Florida and learn what to do if you experience a serious auto accident injury caused by another driver. 

Reckless driving

Florida defines reckless driving as dangerous actions by a motorist that disregard the safety of others. Examples include speeding away from a police officer, tailgating other drivers, failing to yield the right-of-way when appropriate, and weaving in and out of traffic lanes. 

Speeding

Drivers who are speeding often cause accidents, and incidents involving excessive speed often result in serious injuries. In fact, speeding more than 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit constitutes a misdemeanor offense in Florida and drivers can receive a felony for traveling more than 50 mph over the speed limit. 

Improper passing

Some of the Indian River Drive fatalities resulted from head-on collisions because of improper passing. Drivers in Florida must refrain from passing other drivers on the right, passing when they cannot see oncoming traffic and passing in any way that puts others in danger. 

If you or a loved one experiences a serious auto accident injury, you may have legal recourse if another driver’s actions caused the crash. Gather witness statements, photos and videos of the crash site, police reports, and other forms of evidence that support your case.