Increased Number of Rear-End Car Accidents in Tampa
Red Light Cameras Causing More Crashes
There are twenty-two red light cameras in Tampa. The cameras were originally installed as part of a plan to make our busy intersections safer and to deter drivers from running red lights and causing car accidents. While the legality of the red light cameras has been highly contested, another topic of concern is whether the cameras are actually effective to improve safety.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a Red Light Camera Summary Report in January 2016, which contained new data showing that car accidents in Florida have increased by nearly 15% since the installation of the red light cameras. Moreover, car crashes involving serious bodily injuries has increased by 30%.
Tampa Rear-End Collisions
Drivers in Tampa need to be aware of the increased risk of car accidents. The FHSMV reported that, overall, car crashes in Tampa have increased by 50% at the intersections where the red light cameras are installed. Read-end accidents in Tampa have increased by almost 53% since 2011. The problem is that drivers will often slam on their brakes to avoid getting a ticket but the vehicles behind them cannot stop in time.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of auto accident. In Florida, liability is not often disputed in a rear-end car accident because of a rebuttable presumption that places negligence on the driver of the rear vehicle. These rear-end car accidents often result in bodily injuries, including injury to the neck (whiplash), shoulders, back, and knees, as well as head and facial trauma (concussion) and sometimes wrongful death. Our Tampa rear end car accident attorneys at the Capaz Law Firm advise injured drivers to seek prompt medical attention.
The increased number of car accidents in Tampa is alarming! This new data even has some local government officials questioning whether the program should be renewed in April in light of the dangerous impact on the safety of Tampa drivers.
Contact Rear End Car Accident Injury Attorney in Tampa
If you have been involved in a rear end car collision in Tampa, it is important to speak with an experienced rear end car accident lawyer. Contact the Capaz Law Firm to speak with one of our Tampa personal injury accident attorneys.