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How the NTSB wants to make the roads safer this year

Every two years, the National Transportation Safety Board announces its priorities for improving roadway safety in the U.S. This list, called the Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, serves as a snapshot of the most troubling issues facing motorists.

Recently, the NTSB released its list for the coming years. And several of the items on the list directly or indirectly focus on truckers and the trucking industry.

What can be done to protect bicyclists in Florida?

Bicycling is a great way to get around. It is inexpensive, healthy and good for the environment. Unfortunately, those who choose to ride a bike in Florida are putting their lives on the line, as this state is the most dangerous for bicyclists.

This article points out some of the more troubling statistics when it comes to bicyclist safety in Florida. Among them are the fact that Florida has the highest death rate per capita for bicyclists and that last year, the rate of fatal bicycle crashes increased after decreasing the year before. Considering how big of a problem this is in this state, we must ask ourselves what can be done to prevent cycling accidents?

Tech improvements could make it easier to 'see' motorcyclists

One of the biggest threats to the safety of motorcyclists is other motorists. Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, they are more difficult to see. And when car and truck drivers do not take the time or make the effort to thoroughly scan the road around them, they can crash into bikers.

This has long been a problem on Florida roads, and countless motorcyclists have been struck by drivers who didn't see them. Recognizing the seriousness of this problem, tech and auto companies are partnering up to develop new technology to make motorcyclists more visible.

NHTSA and FMCSA investigate causes of trucking accidents

Over the past 10 years, the number of commercial truck accidents has risen by about 20 percent. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came together to conduct the Large Truck Crash Causation Study. The results of their investigations should be of interest to both truck fleet owners and employees in Florida.

The two organizations looked into 120,000 fatal truck crashes that occurred over a 33-month period, finding that almost 75 percent of them included at least one other vehicle. Truck drivers were found to be at fault in 68,000 crashes. The NHTSA and the FMCSA broke down the reasons as follows.

The most common motorcycle accidents causing injury and death

There's a tradeoff for the free-feeling, exhilarating sensations that come with motorcycle riding. The practice is extremely dangerous. But, learning about which hazards riders face most often can help you know what to expect while on the road.

These are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Are accidents involving trucks increasing or decreasing?

Sharing the road with a commercial vehicle should be -- and often is -- an uneventful reality of driving. We see massive trucks and buses all around us transporting animals, products and people every day. And typically, we think nothing of it.

However, commercial vehicle accidents can and do happen in Florida. When they do, they can cause catastrophic property damage and fatal injuries for the victims involved in a crash. Unfortunately, this risk of accident is only getting worse.

What to do after a hit-and-run accident

Getting into a car accident is frustrating and painful; getting into an accident with a person who then flees the scene only makes the experience worse. People in this situation can feel hopeless and angry, particularly when there is property damage or physical injuries resulting from a serious crash.

Under these circumstances, it is important for accident victims to not lose hope. You can protect yourself by taking some crucial steps.

Florida drivers: Use caution on the highways this week

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means people across Tallahassee are finalizing their holiday plans. For many of us, these plans include doing some driving. In fact, millions of people will be driving this Thanksgiving, which means there could be an increased risk of accidents.

This could be especially true for people traveling on interstates and highways, as data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 95 percent of fatal accidents occur on highways. As such, drivers must take precautions to minimize their risk of accident in the next week.

Driver's employer liable for crash injuring motorcyclist

In the aftermath of most motor vehicle accidents, an investigation will reveal that one driver was to blame -- or more to blame. It might be a driver distracted by a phone, someone speeding down the highway or a motorist who turned into an intersection without making sure it was clear first.

While every driver is responsible for his or her actions behind the wheel, there could be other parties who are liable after an accident. Recently, for instance, a lawsuit named a driver's employer after the driver caused a serious accident with a motorcyclist.

Who is to blame for truck accidents?

Crashes involving massive tractor-trailers are often catastrophic. Due to their size and weight, these vehicles can do enormous amounts of damage, and victims often suffer severe or fatal injuries.

Therefore, determining who is responsible after these accidents will be crucial in order to hold the appropriate party accountable. This can be a challenge because every accident is different, but we can start by looking at the most common causes of truck crashes.

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