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Wrong-way driver on I-75 is behind a six-car crash

Just before 3 am on Sunday, February 16, 2019, a driver in a 2020 Ford Mustang was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-75 when she collided head-on with another vehicle, causing a six-car crash. This occurred between Corkscrew Road and Alico Road. Florida Highway Patrol had to close the northbound lanes overnight. The accident is still under investigation, though alcohol seems to be a likely factor in it.

The driver who initiated the crash has been identified as the 25-year-old captain of the "Everbabes," the official dance team for the Florida Everblades ECHL hockey team. Her information on the Everblades website has been removed, it appears, out of respect for her privacy.

Understanding sleep apnea and how it can cause a truck accident

Floridians are accustomed to sharing the road with large trucks. There is no denying the dangers they pose. Their size, the speeds at which they travel, the distance the drivers must go and other factors increase the risk. If a driver is suffering from a condition like sleep apnea, it can lead to a truck accident with injuries and fatalities.

Sleep apnea negatively impacts a person's breathing. There are three kinds of sleep apnea including central (CSA), obstructive (OSA) and complex (CSAS). Each has a similar result: the person who suffers from it will have difficulty breathing, something that hinders sleep. The most common type of sleep apnea for truckers is OSA. With OSA, the person will repeatedly have his or her sleep interrupted when their airway is blocked and they cannot breathe for up to 10 seconds.

New large-truck crash causation study planned by FMCSA

The last time that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a large-truck crash causation study was in the early 2000s. In January 2020, the FMCSA announced that it is seeking information on how to proceed with another such study: one that will take into account the various changes, especially technological changes, that have impacted the trucking industry in Florida and across the U.S. in the last two decades.

For example, there are changes in driver behaviors, roadway design and vehicle safety that may be a factor in many accidents. The study will focus on tow-away, injury and fatal accidents. The number of fatal large-truck crashes in particular has risen significantly: 52.6% between 2009 and 2018. The year 2018 saw 4,415 such crashes.

A discussion of common car accident injuries

A car accident can leave a Tallahassee resident with significant pain and unexpected physical limitations. While there is no way to discuss every possible injury that a victim may suffer in a car crash, this post will introduce some of the most common forms of injury that result from motor vehicle accidents. As with all posts on this personal injury blog readers are reminded that no part of this post should be read as legal or medical advice.

Head injuries are unfortunately common in car crashes because there are many hard surfaces for victims to hit their heads on after impacts. A victim-driver may hit their head on a window or the steering wheel in front of them, or a passenger may hit their head on the dashboard of the car. Concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury can result from different types of car accidents.

Emotional trauma can be worsened by a crash

Not many people are fortunate enough to walk away from a crash without suffering some form of physical injury. The physiological and emotional trauma that a person endures is in addition to the physical injuries and scars that stay on the body. According to national estimates, about 9% of car accident victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as "PTSD." This is in addition to the other medical conditions that result from a car crash, such as depression and phobias.

Florida residents may not be aware that sleeplessness, weight fluctuations, nightmares, compulsive obsessive behaviors, social withdrawal and irritability can all be associated with emotional trauma following a car or motorcycle accident. These can be more severe following a motorcycle accident, as there is often two to three tons of steel flying at an unprotected motorcyclist at a speed of 65 miles per hour or even more.

Texting and driving is banned in Florida, but hasn't ended

If not operated properly, a motor vehicle is no less than a weapon on the road. The speed at which it travels, in addition to its size, make it hazardous in the hands of someone who is not focusing on driving. This is why distracted driving is so dangerous. A driver takes their hands, eyes and mind off of the road and, while there are various forms of distracted driving, such as daydreaming, eating, checking the GPS, talking to someone in the passenger or back seat or even drowsy driving, the most dangerous and pervasive form of distracted driving is texting and driving.

Texting is the most dangerous because it affects a driver's visual, manual and cognitive abilities. As a result, a driver is not able to react to changing road situations and stop a vehicle on time to prevent car accidents that could have been avoided. Understanding the dangers of distracted driving, Florida has banned texting and driving as of this summer.

Online shopping is great, but not while driving

You may be one of those in Florida who enjoys shopping from home more than going out into the crowds, especially during the holiday season. Shopping online is easy and convenient. You may pull out your phone or tablet and take care of a few gifts on your list on your lunch break or while your child is in dance class.

Unfortunately, some are taking the convenience of online shopping too far. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that the person driving the vehicle behind you may also be shopping online.

Drunk driver rates spike over Thanksgiving in Florida

The roads in Florida can be dangerous regardless of the time of year, but there are certain points when there is an even higher risk of being in an auto accident. Any time there are more vehicles on the road than usual and there is a chance that drivers might have been at a party or family gathering increases the possibility that there will be a drunk driver. This is especially true during the holiday season. People must be extra attentive when on the road during these times. If they are unfortunate enough to be in an auto accident, it is important to understand what steps to take to attempt to recover compensation through a lawsuit.

Statistics from AAA show that Florida is in the top-10 for destinations during Thanksgiving. With the number of Americans who are preparing for a trip away from their home and are set to travel at least 50 miles, this adds significant numbers of vehicles to the road. Adding in the number of drivers who are on the road the Wednesday night and Thursday morning of Thanksgiving, and the amount of drinking that tends to happen on that day, leads to people being at increased risk of catastrophic injuries and death in a collision.

A life-changing motorcycle accident often warrants a lawsuit

There are many motorcyclists on the Florida roads. While most drivers of passenger vehicles and trucks will be cognizant of them and do their best to obey the laws and share the road to keep everyone safe, there are still dangers. Many drivers might be distracted, drowsy, have motorcycle unawareness, be under the influence or simply be negligent. A motorcycle accident victim can face many significant problems after a collision.

Motorcyclists are inherently vulnerable. This is true even if they are wearing protective gear, stay within the speed limit and take every precaution to ride safely. There are unpredictable aspects of being a motorist and some of the most dangerous are due to other drivers and their behavior. A motorcycle crash can leave the motorcyclist with a litany of injuries, including brain trauma, spinal cord damage, broken bones, cuts, bruises and more. This can impact their physical condition and their finances and long-term future.

Truck accident fatalities have gotten worse with new regulations

Large trucks can be somewhat intimidating to drivers of passenger vehicles. The fear is understandable, as a truck accident can cause serious injuries and death. Federal regulations are serious steps to try to improve safety and some can have uneven results that make it appear as if they are making the roads less safe. When there is a truck crash and people are injured or lose their lives, understanding these rules and how they might have impacted a collision might be a key factor in a filing for compensation.

Truck drivers are now required to follow new service rules and use an Electronic Logging Device to ensure they are adhering to the rules. The goal was to make certain that truck driver fatigue was reduced by preventing drivers from working beyond their limits. However, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2018 had the most fatal accidents involving large trucks since 1988. This happened simultaneously to a reduction in overall fatalities. Advocates for truckers are blaming the uptick on ELDs and the December 2017 requirement that they be used.

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