It is summertime in Michigan which means time to put the snow boots away and take out your flip flops. However, while most of us look forward to this time and enjoy wearing these sandals, recent studies show that you may not want to wear flip flops when you get behind the wheel.
A new study recently came out that says flip flops are in fact responsible for more than a million car accidents and close calls on the road every year. In fact, one out of nine drivers who wore flip flops while driving admitted that their sandal did get stuck under the pedal.
In addition to this finding, the study also revealed that driving in flip flops can slow breaking time by 0.13 seconds. When breaking time slows, the probability of a car accident does go up. In fact, researches are saying that driving in flip flops may even be more dangerous than driving in high heels.
Even knowing that the footwear you decide to wear behind the wheel may affect your driving habits and be dangerous to you and other drivers on the roadway, drivers still choose to wear style over safety (although that number is much lower than those who choose safety over style). Statistics show that half of all motorists (53%) have called on advice on the impacts of driving in different footwear to be made available while a quarter (26%) still chooses to wear the shoe that has style versus safety.
The preferred footwear while operating a vehicle to prevent car accidents includes low tops, sneakers, regular sized boots, dress shoes. Any type of footwear that is too large, has long heels, or flip flops or sandals alike are not the wisest choices to drive in when getting behind the wheel.
There are many preventative measures drivers can take to help avoid a car accident. At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our Michigan auto accident attorneys highly recommend you pay attention to what shoes you are wearing before getting behind the wheel. If you struggle walking with them, it may not be the best idea to drive with those shoes. Always have an extra pair of sneaker in your back seat that you can switch out so you can still remain in style, yet be safe at the same time.
However, no matter what type of shoe is worn accidents do happen unfortunately, and are quite frequent in the summertime in Michigan. In fact, statistics do prove that car accidents most frequently occur in Michigan on dry roadways. If you or someone you know suffers injuries in an auto accident, you do have legal rights and should call our award winning law firm office today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our top rated car accident lawyers. We will discuss your case with you, explain your legal rights and determine whether or not you have legal basis to file a lawsuit, as well as a claim for your Michigan no-fault insurance benefits. Call today for your free, no obligation consultation! We will represent you under our No Win No Fee Promise which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.