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Teen injured in failure to yield auto accident in Florida

Since getting around in Florida generally requires driving and being a passenger in a motor vehicle, there is an inherent trust that is placed in other drivers that they will adhere to the rules of the road and behave safely and appropriately when behind the wheel. Today, that is generally considered not driving while distracted, not being under the influence and obeying all traffic laws. However, the basics still apply including stopping at stop signs and red lights and following all rules for safety. If they do not, it can cause an auto accident with injuries and fatalities. Victims must be aware of their rights to seek compensation after such a collision.

A two-vehicle auto accident led to an 18-year-old girl being injured and the driver of the vehicle that hit hers being charged. The accident occurred in the evening at around 7:15 p.m. The female driver who was charged was at a stop sign. The teen driver was heading west. The first driver went into the intersection and crashed into the teen's vehicle. That car spun around and crashed into a pole and then a tree. The first driver had minor injuries. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. She was charged with failure to yield. The teen was taken to the hospital and was reportedly in serious condition.

Florida drivers dubious texting and driving law will be impactful

Distracted driving has been an ongoing concern in Florida. Since the state had relatively lenient laws regarding texting and driving, significant pressure was placed on lawmakers to change the way law enforcement went about its duties in stopping drivers who were texting behind the wheel. A new law was signed by the governor to allow drivers to pull vehicles over if the driver was texting. It goes into effect July 1. However, there are various concerns among drivers as to its effectiveness as the law has certain limitations. With that, a distracted driver will continue to present the risk of a car accident with injuries and fatalities.

Law enforcement can issue a warning after July 1. On Jan. 1, 2020, they can stop drivers and give a citation because it will become a primary offense. Until the new law goes into effect, it remains a secondary offense meaning the driver needed to have committed a separate violation before making a stop and addressing texting and driving. Drivers will get a $30 fine and need to pay court costs and fees. If there is another violation within five years, it will be a moving violation and cost $60, court costs and fees.

Being a work-related distracted driver places people in danger

Drivers in Florida and across the U.S. undoubtedly know the risks of being a distracted driver. Because a failure to pay attention to the road places people in jeopardy, there are campaigns and new laws being proposed to dissuade drivers from texting and driving and using their devices while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, people continue to drive distracted. One of the most common reasons given is that the call or text was work-related and important.

A new study indicates that calls, texts and emails from work are causing people to drive while distracted and raising the chance of an accident. In the study by the website The Zebra, younger people who are so accustomed to smartphone use are compelled to reply when they are driving and the call or message is about work. In the survey, 37 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 stated they felt pressure to reply in these circumstances. Among all age groups, that number was 25 percent.

Study: Light rain sparks significant rise in car accidents

Floridians are used to frequent bouts of rain. They will also be likely to understand the dangers of driving when it is raining. Heavy rain can make roadways slick and people might not take the caution they should. This can result in auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. Some might be under the impression that light rain carries less risk than heavy rain. However, as new research from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society shows, even light rain substantially raises the risk for an accident. Considering this is vital to remain safe on the road. The statistics and evidence can also be an important part of a legal filing for compensation after an accident.

The study conducted a review of more than 125,000 accidents in the continental United States from 2006 to 2011. The number of vehicles there were on the road in that time and the weather - based on local weather stations - were also taken into consideration. With the information gleaned, they could determine how hard the rain was falling at the time of the crashes. According to the research, accident risk increases by 34 percent when it is raining, snowing or there is ice on the road.

Auto accident injures two, including county deputy

While first responders in Florida are expected to rush to accident scenes and assist those who have been injured in a crash, it is important to remember that law enforcement, firefighters and emergency personnel can be in car accidents just like anyone else. They too can suffer catastrophic injuries and death in a crash. When an accident happens, it is important for the victims to understand what they are facing in its aftermath. This is true for first responders and civilians. Having legal guidance to assess the circumstances of the accident is critical when seeking compensation in a legal filing.

Two people were injured in a crash between two pickup trucks at an intersection. The driver of one pickup was a sheriff's deputy. The accident happened in the overnight hours. According to the investigation, the marked pickup was going west. A Ford F350 pickup was going south. As they approached the intersection, neither stopped and there was a collision. The law enforcement vehicle hit a utility pole. The deputy, 30, was trapped in his pickup. He was taken to the hospital seriously injured. The other driver, a 21-year-old man, was also seriously hurt. Both were reportedly in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.

Seniors, children most vulnerable to staircase accidents

Falls can affect people young or old. The two most common groups for staircase falls are adults over age 85 and children under three years old. Staircase falls injure over 1 million people per day in the U.S., posing a significant concern for all age groups.

Stair-related falls are dangerous because it can be difficult to stop or protect yourself during a fall. This is partially because most injuries involve descent though ascent falls are also dangerous. The aftermath can include brain trauma or broken bones. These injuries can be harmful to young children and seniors.

National driving survey: not just discouraging, but frightful

It’s hard to massage the statistics from a major new insurance company survey spotlighting the alarming driving behaviors of more than 2,000 respondents.

So we’ll just give it to readers straight, beginning with the following -- and unquestionably startling -- takeaway.

Fatal pedestrian-auto accident statistics worst in three decades

Pedestrians are in danger of catastrophic injuries and fatalities in an auto accident in Florida and across the United States. The urgency of the problem has increased in recent years. It is now to the point that researchers are seeking out reasons as to why that is the case and are searching for solutions. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian-auto accident, the reasons for the accident are important when they are considering seeking compensation in a legal filing. A legal professional is key to gathering evidence and pursuing a claim.

Research from the Governors Highway Safety Association says that there were 6,227 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2018. That is the most in three decades. Large cities have a greater propensity for these crashes to happen. Although road design and a lack of safe areas for pedestrians to walk are considered reasons for the rise, the study shows that distractions of both drivers and pedestrians is a bigger problem. Another concern is the prevalence of large vehicles.

Florida high in aggressive driving and car accidents

While there are certain driver behaviors in Florida and across the U.S. that can cause crashes like drunk drivers, distracted drivers and drowsy drivers, aggressive driving is also dangerous even though it does not get as much attention. Researchers who examine the causes of auto accidents seek to find a connection between how a driver is behaving and the crash. A recent study from GasBuddy indicates that Florida has some of the most aggressive drivers in the country. People who are in an accident and have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident should know about this issue.

For many years, Floridians have been perceived as some of the worst drivers in the country. There are a significant number of accidents in which a driver is going the wrong way on the road. It has the second worst record for pedestrian deaths in the country. And one road - Interstate 4 - was designated as the highway with the highest risk. In the new study, it was shown that three areas in particular - Tampa-St. Petersburg, Miami-Fort Lauderdale and Orlando were among the 20 well-populated cities in the U.S. with the highest number of aggressive drivers.

Cellphones are great, but not when they lead to car accidents

These days many of us in Florida may often wonder just how we got by without a cellphone. We use our cellphones to make calls, send text messages and emails, as navigation systems, to watch videos, to catch up on our social media accounts and more. It is truly amazing just how far cellphone technology has come in the last few years.

However, with an increase in cellphone use comes an increase in distracted driving. People like to think they're good at multi-tasking, and therefore they can send a text message, watch a video or perform some other function on their cellphone while they are behind the wheel. However, all drivers should be focusing on one thing: the task of driving in a safe manner. A driver who is distracted by his or her cellphone may run through a red light or stop sign, may weave into oncoming lanes of traffic or may not notice slow-downs in the flow of traffic in front of them. Any of these situations could lead to a devastating car accident that injures or even kills others on the road.

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