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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.

Onboard systems to prevent pedestrian-car accidents not perfected

Improving safety on Florida roadways is a goal for automakers, legislators and law enforcement officials. Since auto accidents are such a common cause for injuries and fatalities, various strategies are undertaken to avoid these collisions and the accompanying catastrophic injuries. Notably at risk are pedestrians. When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, they are naturally vulnerable. With the rise in distracted driving, this has gotten steadily worse.

Automakers have tried to improve their vehicles with safety features that protect drivers, passengers and others on the road. However, many of these features have yet to be perfected. This could be an important point when thinking about a legal filing after an auto accident. A recent study from AAA shows that vehicles with systems installed to detect pedestrians still have issues to work out. At night, the systems do not work at all. This can sabotage the entire idea, as three-quarters of all pedestrian fatalities happen at night.

Florida one of the worst states for pedestrian-car accidents

Pedestrians are in danger whenever they are walking near the streets in Florida and throughout the nation. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can cause catastrophic injuries and death. The problem seems to be getting worse. With distracted drivers, recklessness, negligence, drivers who are under the influence and other behaviors that place people in jeopardy, it is imperative for pedestrians to be cautious. Still, regardless of how careful they are, an auto accident involving a pedestrian can happen at any time.

Recent research indicates that Florida is one of the worst states for pedestrian safety. Smart Growth America has released a list of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, and Florida was the worst. The non-profit looked at statistics from 2008 to 2017. It used a national database for road deaths overseen by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In that decade of time, Florida was found to have the most pedestrian fatalities, with 5,433.

Teens' memory linked to greater chance of an auto accident

Sharing the road with teens in Florida can be a worrisome experience. Because they are new to the roadway and do not have the honed skills to be as safe as someone who has driven for a longer period of time, they are prone to having auto accidents. Although there might be preconceived notions as to why this is the case, a new study indicates that teens could have a greater likelihood of being in a car crash because of a lack of development in their "working memory."

According to the University of Pennsylvania, there is slower growth in teens' working memory. That absence of development could be a key part of teens' propensity to have accidents. The working memory develops from the time a person is an adolescent and into their twenties. This is important for safe driving. For teens found with a slower development in this area, there was a greater chance of a car accident. Since driving safely requires keeping track of the environment and understanding various aspects of driving the vehicle, young people could face obstacles in being as safe as drivers with fully developed working memories.

Broken ribs can create a painful setback

You are walking in your Florida apartment complex, hotel or public building when you reach the staircase that will take you to your destination. Unfortunately, some of the lights are out in the stairwell, so you have to feel your way up or down. Perhaps you reach a landing or turn in the direction of the stairs when suddenly you can no longer feel the railing in your hand. You lose your footing and tumble down the stairs.

You may lie or sit at the bottom of the stairs feeling foolish and trying to assess if you are injured when you feel a sharp pain in your chest as you inhale. This could be the first sign that you have broken a rib.

Florida roads are maintained, but car accidents still a problem

Auto accidents are a concern in every city and state across the nation. For many, the condition of the roads is a major factor in the number of crashes with catastrophic injuries and fatalities. In Florida, the roads and bridges are well-maintained. Still, there are a troublesome number of accidents in the state. This is indicative of the myriad ways in which accidents happen.

A report from the Reason Foundation lauds the condition of Florida roads. However, these same roads are also expensive, crowded and have a significant rate of fatal accidents. Florida came in 40th in the report - the 24th such report that the Reason Foundation has created. It uses data from the individual states from 2016, the latest year in which there is information available. The dichotomy between the condition and maintenance of the roads and the number of risks on them was notable.

Truck accidents continue to be a major problem in Florida

Large trucks are a necessity across the United States. Florida residents must share the road with these large vehicles with the understanding that sheer size makes them a risk for truck crashes with severe injuries and fatalities. Adding in the reality that these vehicles are traveling at significant speeds, the drivers are on the road for an extended period and there is the propensity for drowsy driving, driving under the influence and being reckless adds to the danger of an accident. Statistically, this continues to be a worrisome issue. Those who were in a truck accident or lost a loved one must remember their rights.

According to research, truck accidents are a concern on Interstate 75 - one of the main roadways in the state. This is shown with anecdotal evidence and with in-depth research. The I-75 Relief Task Force studied crashes and issued recommendations to improve safety. There were more than 4,300 deaths in Florida after people were in a truck accident in 2016. Worse, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 72% of those who died were not drivers or passengers in the trucks.

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