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Truck drivers aren't always perfect

When a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it is highly likely that the smaller vehicle will suffer the most damage and that the people inside that vehicle will suffer the worst injuries. This is simply due to the inherent nature of larger trucks. They carry more weight and thus maintain their momentum far easier than smaller vehicles. They also make a greater impact when they collide with any object.

As such, when trucks are involved in accident, the people who are hurt usually suffer terrible, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are common, as are permanent injuries to their spinal cord which could cause paralysis. The victims of a truck accident could also suffer a wide range of serious bodily injuries, such as broken bones, severe burns, and injuries bad enough that they require amputation.

Motorcycle helmet improvements are a must

Motorcycle riders are due for some safety upgrades. When you think about it, the motorcycle has been virtually unchanged -- from a safety standpoint -- for decades. The rider is in an inherently dangerous position that could lead to serious or even fatal injuries in an accident that would leave a passenger or driver of a car with minor injuries or no injuries at all. This is all in relation to the open nature of the vehicle. There are no doors or sides or airbags to protect the rider.

But helmet manufacturers are starting to change this current trend. More and more, manufacturers are coming out with futuristic yet practical helmets that give motorcycles more information and allow them to record their rides for future viewing -- or to capture crucial evidence in case of an accident.

What does it take to win a slip-and-fall case?

If you were badly injured on someone else’s property then you may be facing a painful physical recovery. The hospital bills alone will be difficult to manage. You may also be subject to missed wages from work. It can be tempting to file a lawsuit against the business or owner of the property where you were injured.

It is a property owner’s duty to uphold reasonably safe conditions. A business or property owner may be held financially accountable for their guests' injuries if they do not keep their premises safe. In order to be awarded compensation your lawyer will need to present specific evidence in a lawsuit. You must prove two important things to win your case. Your attorney will need to prove that:

New report shows big jump in fatal traffic accidents

It seems as though you should be able to count on car accidents going down every year. With car technology improving and safety improvements always being developed, you would think that accidents and deaths on the road would continue a downward trend. Maybe they never reach zero, but they should always decline. Add in the fact that self-driving cars are starting to get into the mix, and we should be experiencing a road safety revolution.

Yet here we are, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releasing another report about fatal accidents in the U.S. that shows a steady increase in such accidents. From 2014 to 2015, deaths in traffic accidents jumped 8.4 percent. From 2015 to 2016, it increased 5.6 percent (1,976 more people died last year than in 2015).

Semi-truck spills pumpkins over freeway

While the following truck accident story did not occur here in Tallahassee or anywhere in Florida, it is still relevant regardless of the geography involved.

A semi truck flipped over after crashing into a "device" on a ramp that it was on. The truck luckily did not crash into any other vehicles, even though it slip along the freeway for several hundred feet. The driver of the truck, a 44-year-old woman, thankfully made it out of the wreck with no injuries. Pumpkins spilled all over the road, as they spilled out of the truck following the crash.

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.


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