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What can we do to prevent motorcycle accidents?

Florida sees a higher rate of fatal motorcycle accidents than 44 other states in the U.S. And while preliminary data shows that there were fewer fatal accident in the state last year than there were in 2016, there are still over 500 people per year killed in motorcycle crashes.

This information, which comes from a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, should serve as an unfortunate reminder of the risks motorcyclists face on Florida roads. It should also reinforce the importance of taking steps to prevent these accidents.

Fake bike helmets putting riders in danger

In a collision between a car and a bicyclist or pedestrian, there is a far greater risk of injury for the person outside the vehicle. As such, it is crucial for all parties to practice safe habits that minimize the risk of an accident.

Unfortunately, even when people try to make safe decisions, they can wind up suffering serious injuries when other parties are negligent or reckless. For instance, you might buy a bicycle helmet to stay safe while riding your bike, but it may provide little or no protection if it is fake or defective.

Florida pedestrian struck and killed by train

Florida Highway Patrol reported 53-year-old Mane Yee was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on September 9, while the Florida man was walking his bicycle in between train tracks.

The man was unable to get out of the way, despite the train operator using his horn to warn the man, according to authorities. There were about 100 passengers on the train, however none have reported injuries. The incident occurred in Seminole County and is under investigation for further detail.

How truck parking challenges may lead to accidents

Commercial drivers must take breaks and rest after a certain number of hours on the road. These are Hours of Service regulations, which attempt to keep drowsy drivers and drivers using dangerous substances to stay awake off the road.

Unfortunately, the HOS regulations are creating another issue: parking challenges. While it may not seem like parking problems could threaten the lives of truckers and motorists, one report reveals the connection.

Which riders are at a higher risk of motorcycle crashes?

Every person on the road is at some risk of being involved in motor vehicle accident, whether the crash is their fault or someone else's fault. But while everyone can be in danger of getting hurt, certain people are particularly vulnerable and may be more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries.

This includes Florida motorcyclists who have little or no protection from the impact of a collision. With this in mind, it can be important to understand which riders can be at a higher risk of accident to begin with.

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.

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