Traffic Accidents on Suburban Streets in Miami
Miami and North Miami Beach Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Traffic Accident Victims on Suburban Miami Streets
Perazzo Law shares insight into the growing number of motor vehicle accidents occurring on suburban streets throughout South Florida and Miami-Dade.
The suburbs used to be a place where kids could play in the street, bike riders could pedal along without the need for a helmet, and joggers could trot without having to look over their shoulders for vehicles approaching at high speeds. Sadly, modern technology such as Waze and other GPS services, are leading frantic rush-hour motorists straight into the heart of the laid-back South Florida and Miami-Dade suburbs. Many of these motorists are usually in a hurry, distracted by cell phone use, and simply driving through suburban streets with absolute disregard for local residents. Thanks to GPS, suburban streets offer short cuts that are placing local residents in danger of being run-over or having out of control vehicles end-up in their living rooms for breakfast.
Suburb Accidents on the Rise in South Florida
Local statistics throughout South Florida reveal that traffic related accidents are on the rise in the suburbs because GPS apps such as Waze and Google Maps are sending rush hour motorists onto their quiet streets as shortcuts to steer clear of traffic jams. Sadly, local suburban residents are paying a dear price in terms of personal injury, property damage, and even wrongful death. Mother's that once felt safe pushing baby strollers along their quite sidewalks, are in despair trying to avoid getting run over by a sports car racing down the street. Meanwhile, city planners and engineers are looking for ways to slow down speeding motorists as they barrel through suburban streets, dodging pedestrians, cyclists, joggers; putting people's lives in danger and homeowners property at risk. There are a number of measures that can be taken to slow down fast driving motorists that enter the suburbs to avoid heavy traffic on Miami's congested roadways and avenues. Speed bumps are one way to slow down motorists but they are expensive to build and it would one speed bump per street to slow drivers down. Stop signs don't seem to work as drivers disregard them just as much as they do speed limit signs. Some city officials are considering lowering speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph on suburb and city streets. However, if the speed limits are not enforced by the proper authorities, speed limit signs become practically useless. Local suburban residents complain that the motorist rush-hour invasion is due to the Waze app, which redirects traffic into the suburbs, with many motorists driving their cars at high speeds while distracted by their cell phones. This is resulting in a growing number of car and truck accidents in areas such as Coral Gables, Palmetto, Coconut Grove, Silver Bluff, and North Miami, which used to be relatively safe for pedestrians, joggers, and other local residents. Speed bumps, speed cushions, raised intersections, and even trees strategically placed along suburban streets seem to offer the best solution. This according to a specialist in slowing down negligent drivers that operate vehicle in residential areas throughout the world's largest cities, roundabouts and obstacles such as trees, are good for slowing down traffic. Sadly, these safety measures don't work if drivers are operating their vehicles at high speeds while distracted by negligent cell phone use.