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Are Florida drivers trending away from drunk driving?

Drunk driving accidents are among the most upsetting types of accidents in Florida. Not only are they often serious or fatal, but they are also completely preventable. 

For decades, people have known about the dangers of drunk driving and the laws prohibiting motorists from driving while intoxicated. However, while drunk driving accidents still occur, statistics show that the number of them could be declining.

The science behind investigating a car accident

After a serious car accident, victims and their families typically want answers. What happened? Who is to blame? What do we do next?

Finding these answers could be as straightforward as talking to the other driver and discussing the situation with an attorney. In fatal crashes or highly complex accidents, though, answers may not come so easily. In these cases, calling in an accident reconstruction professional can be valuable.

Study: Many parents use their phone behind the wheel

A recent study suggests that many parents have a hard time staying off of the phone when driving, even when their kids are in the back seat.

In the study, over 750 parents and caregivers with kids ages 4 to 10 were polled. Among the things these parents were asked about is what sort of conduct they had engaged in when driving with their kids in the car over the previous three months. Of the surveyed parents:

Trucker shortage could be putting other motorists in danger

Did you know there is currently a serious trucker shortage in the U.S.? This means there are far fewer trucks on the road than companies would like.

While many motorists might dismiss this shortage as not having an impact on their own commute, the fact is that it could affect Florida drivers in a few different ways.

Autonomous car technology coming to motorcycles

Motorcycles are exposed on the open road. That exposure is part of their appeal: it gives a chance to connect with the road around you amid the fresh air and sunshine. Unfortunately, it also means that a motorcycle accident is far more dangerous than a car accident. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities are 28 times more likely than car accident fatalities, measured by miles driven.

While those numbers might cause some hesitation, the good news is that companies are working on technology to aid bikers when the going gets tough. Much like autonomous cars promise a future of reduced human error, the hope is that applying new technology to motorcycles will improve overall safety. The purpose isn’t to turn drivers into inattentive passengers, but to provide extra safeguards tailored to the unique conditions on a bike.

Second nature: the dangers and causes of distracted driving

For many, driving is second nature. Drivers just put the car in gear and go. But that second nature mindset is a dangerous one to have on the road. That is because it can lead the driver to think they can do other tasks while driving, too.

To many, the tasks may simple enough. But every time they look down at their phone at their GPS or turn the radio dial it takes their eyes off the road. It may seem like just a moment, but that’s all it takes for a car in front to stop suddenly or merge at the last minute. It’s called distracted driving, and can have devastating consequences.

Risk of accident injury can come from inside the car

Most of the time, road accidents involve collisions between two or more motor vehicles. They often result in serious or even deadly injuries. In many cases, the negligence of one or more of the drivers involved can be identified as a contributing factor to the accident. If victims are thoughtful, they wisely consult an experienced attorney to be examine their options and protect their rights to seek just compensation for damages, pain and suffering.

Sometimes, however, the threat of harm doesn't come from outside the vehicle. The massive recall of potentially faulty Takata air bags serves as a solid case in point. And considering that the thing that can turn the devices hazardous is hot, humid weather, Floridians have good reason to stay abreast of how the recall is going. The news is not all that good.

Safety tips that old and new riders should follow

With Memorial Day weekend coming, we should not forget that May is motorcycle safety month. Unlike other regions of the country, Floridians can ride motorcycles nearly all year long, so drivers don’t have to get used to seeing motorcyclists. However, the dangers posed to those who drive cars are even more treacherous for motorcycle riders. After all, bikers are not protected aluminum frames like motorists.

As we head towards the unofficial start of summer there are several tips that old and new motorcycle riders alike should follow. This post will highlight them.

What can accident victims recover in a lawsuit?

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming, it is expected that traffic around Tallahassee will be higher than usual. In fact, AAA expects a near record volume of travelers despite gas prices being the highest they’ve been in four years.

Because of the higher number of drivers on the road, and the increased likelihood of drunk driving and distracted driving, Memorial Day weekend also has the dubious distinction for being one of the most dangerous holidays of the year. If you have the misfortune of being in an accident, it is helpful to know the extent of monetary damages can be recovered.

Younger generations more open to distracted driving

Distracted driving is a massive problem all around the country, but it is especially problematic here in Florida. Because the state government has been unable to pass more comprehensive legal coverage for drivers that text behind the wheel of a vehicle. Recent efforts to expand the law (which only makes a texting while driving violation a secondary offense) have stalled out in the Senate.

As a secondary offense, texting while driving can only lead to a fine if a police officer pulls a driver over for another violation first. This leads to inconsistent enforcement, and a lot of drivers may feel as though they can "get away with" the act.

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