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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.

Distracted driver study: In-vehicle tech impacts older drivers

Distracted driving is a concern in Florida and throughout the United States. Given the number of people who operate vehicles as distracted drivers and the frequency of auto accidents because of this behavior, researchers examine the problem and seek solutions for it. While this is usually linked to texting and driving and using a cellphone for other purposes, there are many ways in which a driver can be distracted. That includes the technology installed in new vehicles.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic researched this issue and found that there is a certain segment of the population that is negatively impacted by in-vehicle technology. According to the study, younger drivers are adapting to the new technology more easily than older drivers. People between the ages of 55 and 75 are taking their eyes off of the road for more than eight seconds longer than drivers who are 21 to 36 as they use devices to change the radio, for navigation and for other reasons.

Auto accident between car and bus injures 13 people in Florida

Buses are a sound way to get around for people in Tallahassee and throughout Florida. The idea that using public transportation is good for safety and convenience is widespread and, in general, accurate. However, an auto accident can occur at any time and it can even injure those who are in a large and heavy vehicle like a bus. When there is a collision, people who have suffered injuries or even lost a loved one should be cognizant of the potential aftereffects from medical expenses to lost time on the job to long-term damage and death. A legal filing is a way to recover compensation for all that was lost.

An auto accident between a car and a bus injured 13 people. The accident happened in the evening after 6:30 p.m. According to the investigation and the video surveillance of the bus, the accident occurred at an intersection and was due to a car going through a stop sign. It hit the bus in its front end and caused substantial damage. There were between 20 and 30 people on the bus. Overall, at least 13 people were injured including the bus driver who was said to be bleeding and seriously hurt. The full accounting of those injured and the extent of their injuries is still being gathered. The investigation and crash reconstruction are continuing.

Truck driver fatigue a concern if hours of service rules change

When Floridians are in a passenger vehicle and are sharing the road with a large truck, there is an understandable fear. Not only are these vehicles massive, but they travel at significant speeds and drivers can be distracted, negligent, reckless or under the influence. One issue that had receded into the background was the amount of time truckers spent on the road and whether truck driver fatigue was a factor. The vigilance drivers are required to have with their trucking log and oversight on the part of the Department of Transportation was meant to enhance safety.

Now, however, the DOT is preparing to relax the regulations and this is causing concern that there will be an uptick in truck accidents. With the problems that can accompany a truck crash - injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, fatalities - it is a legitimate issue. Currently, truckers are required to limit their driving to 11 hours during 14 hours on-duty. After that, they must refrain from driving for 10 hours before the clock resets. If drivers are on the road for more than eight hours, they must take a 30-minute break prior to reaching the eighth hour.

Is your child’s bike helmet safe?

Before you teach your child to drive a car, you’ll teach them how to ride a bike. While a bicycle isn’t as dangerous as a car, bicycle injuries are potentially serious. One protective measure you’ve thought to take is to get your child a bike helmet. Like a seat belt in a car, a helmet is a simple way to enhance the safety of the rider.

Don’t just settle for the cheapest helmets. New Consumer Reports testing shows that bicycle helmet manufacturers don’t create all helmets equally because some are safer than others.

AAA study shows auto accidents double for drivers on marijuana

As the debate continues as to whether marijuana should be legalized in Florida and many areas of the U.S. that have yet to decide on the topic, research is assessing how marijuana use impacts road safety. There is a known link between being a drunk driver and auto accidents. Driving high is assumed to be dangerous, but as the possibility of its legalization grows nearer, it is important to know the statistics. AAA has examined the subject and determined that, in 2018, drivers who were high on marijuana had double the risk of being in an accident. After an accident, people should consider whether marijuana was a factor. This can be critical when filing a lawsuit for compensation.

Almost 15 million people admitted to driving while high after smoking marijuana. Drivers who took part in the study stated that they believed cellphone use - texting and driving and talking on the phone - were more dangerous than driving after smoking marijuana. According to AAA, approximately one in 10 people who regularly use cannabis become dependent on it. In addition, 70 percent of Americans said that they do not believe it likely that law enforcement will catch people who are driving high. In the study, there were 3,349 participants from age 16 and up.

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.


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