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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.

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.

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