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5 Tips to Avoid Car Accidents in Miami

Posted by: Jimmy De La Espriella
Category: Personal Injury Blogs

Car accidents seem like a daily occurrence in Miami. 

Even as I drive down Bird Road to work, I hear of a car accident report or even get caught in the traffic of a car accident. 

With the crazy amount of rush hour traffic, negligent driving, and so many cars on the road, getting in a car accident in Miami isn’t a rare occurrence. 

Almost everyone I know has been in a car accident and sometimes, I think they are avoidable if you can follow these 5 tips for everyday driving in Miami. 

Be Mindful of the Road

The worst thing you can do while driving in Miami is to try to avoid traffic by driving faster than traffic or weaving in and out of traffic. 

Too many times I see a driver try to get to their destination faster by weaving between lanes and trying to get past the wave of traffic.

This is actually the number 1 reason as to why accidents happen in Miami.

Instead, drive with the road conditions in mind and try to respect everyone’s driving. 

There is absolutely no need to try and game the road. 

Instead of being the one to weave in and out of traffic, just stay in one lane.Unless there is an accident or maybe a car is stopped in that lane because of a defect or whatever reason it is unlikely that you will get to your destination so much faster to the point that it will make a significant difference. 

Avoid the Express Lanes

The express lane is a lane where cars are allowed to drive faster than regular because it is dedicated solely to cars that will exceed the speed limit responsibly. 

Even on the highway, there are plenty of cars that will go below the 60 mph speed limit. To counter this, the express lanes in Miami exist to let drivers go at a responsible speed that is not under the speed limit of the highway. 

However, the problem with the express lanes is that it is also where the most accidents happen because it is just one or two lanes where lots of fast drivers get scrunched up. 

In addition to this condition, lots of police officers will keep check of the express lanes since it is where lots of drivers go excessively above the speed limit. 

So, if a driver in Miami wants to avoid a car accident or a speeding ticket, the best way to do so is by avoiding express lanes as much as possible. 

Be Aware of Other Driver’s Blind Spots

When driving on the highway, there is always a truck or bigger vehicles in general. 

Instead of trying to zip right past them, consider the truck driver or the driver of the vehicle you’re trying to pass. 

Trucks have blind spots on all 4 sides. To avoid being in the blind spot, the best way is to keep these 4 things in mind:

  • Stay at least 20 feet in FRONT of the vehicle so the driver can convincingly see you
  • Give the truck at least one lane to the driver’s side
  • Stay at least 2 lanes away from the truck driver’s passenger side
  • Drive at least 30 feet behind the truck. 

Another golden rule for blind spots in truck drivers is that if you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, then they can’t see you either. So make sure that you can see the driver in their side view mirrors. 

Be Careful of Cars with External Damage

Although it may seem weird at first to even consider this, it is possible that a car with external damage hasn’t treated the car accident they were in prior. 

A car with external damage like dents, bumps, scratches, or even missing parts is a clear sign to pass the car as soon as possible. 

Another reason as to avoid a car with external damage is because the driver is most likely an inattentive driver. 

A driver that doesn’t care for their vehicle is a sign that they also probably don’t value other people’s vehicles.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

The most basic rule, but the most effective tip. 

Keeping your eyes on the road and staying alert of whatever is coming your way. 

Even just a second or two off the road can lead to an accident. 

Remember that you are most likely going 40-60 mph at any given time. 

Even driving for 2 seconds at 40 mph will drive you about a quarter distance of a football field. 

Imagine driving with your eyes off the road for 2 seconds, and suddenly you are in about a quarter of a football field ahead of the road. 

It is a scary feeling. Always keep your eyes on the road, since you never know what will pop up out of nowhere.

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Miami

Even with all the safety precautions and tips to driving safely, an accident can always happen to anyone.

If you or a loved one got in a car accident in Miami and got seriously injured from the accident, a personal injury lawyer in Miami can help you.

Decades of experience and millions won for our clients, we are ready to help you get financial compensation from an injury that was caused by negligent driving. 

We start with free consultation to make sure that we can assist you and make the best out of your case. After careful evaluation and hearing your story, we will proceed to gather evidence and photos to build you a strong case.

Remember, we don’t win until YOU win.

Author: Jimmy De La Espriella