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Car accidents can be physically and emotionally devastating

Car accidents of all shapes and size occur everyday in the United States. Many of these wrecks are minor in nature. The bumpers of two vehicles meet at a low speed, and the passengers and drivers inside are not injured. Minor damage to the vehicles occurs, and insurance companies get involved. Little else comes of the collision, even though it is a hassle to deal with.

But many other accidents are extremely serious in nature. The collision happens at a high rate of speed, or the vehicles tumble over and over. Extensive damage is dealt to the vehicles, and they may be completed destroyed. The people inside could suffer serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries as a result. And the police get involved, combing the accident scene for evidence and eventually finding out who was at fault for the terrible incident.

Opioids are far more common in traffic fatalities now

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. People can become distracted by their phone or by people in their car, losing focus on the road ahead of them. They can fall asleep or become tired due to a lack of rest. And, unfortunately, they may choose to partake in some incredibly negligent behaviors, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

DUIs have always been a prevalent part of the car accident landscape, but new data suggests that the opioid crisis that has rocked our country is playing a more prominent role in fatal traffic accidents.

Been in a motorcycle accident? Consult with a lawyer

Getting into a motor vehicle accident of any kind is a scary moment in a person's life, and the results could be devastating. But if there is one vehicle out on the road that is more at risk in an accident than any other, it is the motorcycle. With few safety options and a wide open vehicle, it is only natural to expect horrific or even fatal injuries to a motorcyclist if they are involved in a crash.

Now, that may sound pretty hopeless. To a certain degree, it is simply the reality. But there is another side to this. There are ways for motorcyclists to protect themselves in the wake of an accident.

Looking over Florida's 2016 accident data

Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System (or FIRES) has some motor vehicle accident data on the 2016 year. According to FIRES, there were 395,607 total motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida in 2016. In these accidents, more than 250,000 injuries were suffered by the victims. There were also 3,183 deaths in motor vehicle accidents in the state of Florida in 2016.

Bike deaths and pedestrian deaths -- something we talked about a few weeks ago -- basically stayed the same in Florida from 2015 to 2016. 650 pedestrians died and 140 bicyclists died (which was a slight increase and slight decrease, respectively). What is also notable is that there were 41,230 commercial vehicle accidents in 2016.

Semi-truck causes massive fatal pile-up

A multi-vehicle accident in Florida highlights the dangers of trucks and exemplifies the tragedy of fatal accidents.

The wreck in this case occurred in Marion County, Florida on Interstate 75. A truck suddenly careened into a guardrail, and as the driver tried to correct his vehicle's route, he crashed into four other semi-trucks. Four other cars ended up being involved in the massive nine-vehicle crash. One person, a 25-year-old man, was killed in the crash. Ten other people had to be treated at the scene of the accident. Details on their injuries were not made available and the crash itself is still under investigation.

School bus crashes are surprisingly common

Almost every driver has been in a car crash. It may not be an regular occurrence, but it’s commonplace enough that people don’t always remember how serious the effects can be. A 2011 study by the auto insurance industry estimates that the average driver will file a claim for a crash every 17.9 years. For someone who drives from their late teenage years into retirement, that averages four or more crashes in a lifetime—not including your experience as a passenger.

Bikes, pedestrians at risk out on the road

Car accidents can involve many different subjects. Other cars, and their occupants, are the obvious subject that many people will first consider. But they can also collide with trucks, and motorcycles, and even buildings. Today, we want to focus on two very at-risk groups out on the road: bicyclists and pedestrians.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has data on accidents involving these two groups, and the figures are not promising. Bicyclists saw an increase in both the number of injuries and the number of deaths they suffered when comparing 2006 to 2015. In the former year, 778 bicyclists died and roughly 44,000 were injured. In 2016, those numbers jumped to 818 and roughly 45,000, respectively.

On motor vehicle accidents and legal help

There are a lot of car accidents that happen every day. Many of these accidents are extremely minor in nature. Two bumpers collide, and little damage is done to the vehicles. The people involved suffer no injuries. They exchange information and go on their way. However, there are some car accidents that happen every day that cause serious damage to the vehicles involved and, more importantly, they cause serious, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries to the people in the vehicles.

Accidents of a serious nature can often lead to legal ramifications. The police are likely to be involved, and their investigation could yield some critical evidence about how and why the accident happened. If another driver is at fault for the pain and suffering you are enduring as a result of the crash, then you should consult with an attorney to make sure that your case proceeds in an efficient and timely manner.

NHTSA's 2015 motorcycle accident data highlights problems

In 2014, there were 4,594 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States. Given that number, you would naturally think that we would improve as a society with another year passing. You would think laws, car technology, and human behavior would lead to improved motorcycle safety in the following year. But unfortunately, you would be wrong. In 2015, there were 4,976 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States.

These numbers come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and there are some other interesting figures. For example, the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents actually declined from 2014 (about 92,000 people injured) to 2015 (about 88,000) even though fatalities increased.

AAA report highlights dangers for young teen drivers

In our last post, we talked about the texting while driving law here in Florida and the lack of a substantial effect that this law has had on the driving population. Since texting while driving is considered a secondary offense in the state of Florida, it means officers can't pull you over for the particular offense. You have to commit another, primary offense first -- and then the police officer can add on the texting while driving offense to the original infraction.

So today we want to supply some evidence as to why the texting while driving ban should be improved. The American Automobile Association released a new report indicating that driver aged 16 or 17 are 3.9 times more likely to be in a crash as a driver who is 18 or older. Additionally, they are 2.6 times more likely to get into a fatal crash as a driver who is 18 or older.

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