Rear-end collisions are a major danger in Florida and across the United States. In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board reports that approximately 1.7 million American drivers smash into the rear of another vehicle every year. These crashes cause around 500,000 injuries and 1,700 deaths. However, a new study suggests that there might be a simple way to reduce rear-end accidents.

Variable advisory speed limits

Researchers from the University of Missouri paired with the Missouri Department of Transportation to study whether variable advisory speed limits could reduce rear-end collisions in crash-prone portions of a St. Louis highway. They found that the use of VASL eased traffic congestion by approximately 53%, reduced accidents by around 30% and decreased lane-change conflicts by 20%. They also found that it increased the overall safety of work zones.

VASL involves posting advisory speed limits based on actual traffic conditions “downstream” on the highway, such as upcoming construction zones. This allows drivers to slow down to an appropriate speed before they are confronted with unexpected traffic backups, reducing the risk of rear-end collisions and other safety issues. The study found that the use of VASL increases drive times by between 4% and 8%, which is a minimal inconvenience to most drivers.

Legal help for car accident victims

Florida victims of motor vehicle accidents might be owed compensation for a variety of damages, including pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and property loss. An attorney could review a victim’s case and help gather crucial evidence supporting a personal injury claim. If a family has lost a loved one in a car accident, an attorney may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. This could result in a settlement that covers funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship and more.