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Tampa Personal Injury Law Blog

What are common issues that can cause a truck accident?

Large trucks can be an intimidating sight on the road in Tampa with good reason. These vehicles are naturally dangerous because of their sheer size, but that's not the only reason they can cause injury and fatality in truck accident. Drivers of these vehicles are required to adhere to federal trucking regulations when it comes to safety. On the same token, the company that owns the truck is also required to ensure that the vehicles are properly maintained and safe.

There are certain violations that the enforcement entity known as Compliance, Safety, Accountability looks for when giving scores to truck drivers. The scores are important to how the driver is assessed when it comes to safety practices. There are certain violations that come up often with truck drivers. They include equipment on the vehicle, the proper logging procedures by the driver and personal issues that could be important to the driver's vigilance.

Fatal accident claims life of motorcyclist and passenger

Riding a motorcycle in Tampa can be an enjoyable experience, but it is still fraught with danger. Whether it is other drivers who are not paying strict attention to the motorcyclist or due to the vulnerability that is inherent when riding a motorcycle, any crash can quickly turn into a fatal motorcycle accident. No matter the circumstances, those who have been affected by a wrongful death incident will probably want to understand what to do after it happens.

According to a recent report, a motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a crash as both were thrown from the bike. The incident happened as the motorcycle headed north on the roadway at approximately 2:45 a.m.

What are various dangers of being a distracted driver?

Being a distracted driver is dangerous. Distracted driving is often linked to texting and driving, since that is one of the most prominent reasons for drivers to be distracted today. However, there are other ways a driver can become distracted, such as visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Knowing these dangers can help drivers avoid them, but it can also aid people who suffer a serious injury in an auto accident to know whether or not a driver who was distracted might have caused the crash.

Studies in recent years have shown that distracted driving injures more than 1,150 people on a daily basis. Drivers might have visual distractions and take their eyes from the road, manual distractions taking their hands off the wheel and cognitive distractions not concentrating on driving. While texting and driving and using a cellphone are associated with distracted driving, a distraction can come from eating, changing entertainment systems and even reading.

Seeking help after a crash with an inattentive truck driver

While the majority of truck drivers are competent and professional, and they take their work seriously, it's probably unavoidable that the monotony of the work will lead to minor or major lapses in concentration. Perhaps it's possible that the driver is so experienced that strict attention to the road isn't required to keep everyone safe.

If there is a truck accident and it's believed that it is due to a negligent truck driver, it's important to know how and why it happened. The sheer size of trucks makes them a natural hazard to conventional passenger vehicles, motorcyclists and pedestrians. The vehicles might be driven with negligence or the driver might be speeding. Since these vehicles have to cover a vast amount of ground and are usually on the highway, a truck accident can do an untold amount of damage to those involved.

Driver fleeing police causes fatal car crash killing pedestrian

There are a multitude of dangers when a Tampa resident is out on the road as a pedestrian, bicyclist, motorcyclist or driver. Oftentimes, people on the roads are at risk of being involved in a wrongful death incident. When there is a loss of a loved one in a fatal accident, those who have been affected need to understand what to do next.

A dashboard camera on a police car made a recording of a traffic stop that happened right before the driver crashed into a man, killing him. The 25-year-old driver was speeding at approximately 2 a.m. when the crash occurred. According to the video, the law enforcement officer, who is part of a unit to catch drivers operating their vehicles under the influence, tried to stop the speeding vehicle. The police vehicle was unmarked and the flashing lights were a signal for the driver to stop. The driver tried to get away from the officer. The officer ended the pursuit. The fleeing vehicle hit one man, killing him. Then another pedestrian was hit before the car crashed. The driver and a passenger ran on foot, but were caught. The driver faces numerous charges, including DUI, drug charges and vehicular manslaughter.

Knowing what to do after a crash with an uninsured driver

Getting into a car accident in Florida can lead to property damage, injuries and even death. While the accident itself is bad enough, certain issues often arise in the state that can cause more problems for those involved. These include an underinsured or uninsured driver. If a driver isn't driving without insurance, there is the possibility that the person is driving with the bare minimum of insurance. A study examined levels of insurance, how much is required by state, and the number of drivers who were not insured. Florida is one of the worst states in the union when the facts are examined.

While many states have hefty requirements for the minimum level of insurance, Florida is lower than most. The study showed that nearly 24 percent of drivers in the state are not insured or don't follow the rules as they're laid out. In many instances, an accident leaves people hurt by another driver who was responsible for the car accident and was not insured or was underinsured. Drivers can use the option of adding to their own coverage for an extra layer of protection.

Premises liability and drowning accidents

Florida is known for its warm weather and outdoor activities throughout the year. Many people have pools in their homes or communities. While many owners and overseers are vigilant about proper safety practices when it comes to a pool, there is still a large number of injuries and drowning incidents. While some happen as a matter of circumstance, others are due to a negligent property owner. Premises liability can lay the foundation for filing a case to receive compensation after a pool accident.

While it might not seem like a common way in which people die, approximately 10 people die every day because of a drowning accident. Out of those 10, 20 percent will be 14-years-old or younger. It is the fifth ranked reason for unintentional death in the U.S. Between 2005 and 2009, an average of 3,533 non-boating fatalities happened each years in the U.S. When counting boat-related accidents, another 347 died. The statistics indicate that 80 percent of those who die from drowning are male. The highest rates of children dying are between 1-year-old and 4-years-old. Drowning is the second most frequent cause of death for young people between the ages of 1 and 14 next to motor vehicle crashes.

$64.5 million verdict in Florida personal injury suit

Tampa readers may have read about the $64.5 million verdict in a recent local lawsuit involving a serious construction accident. Filed by a construction worker who was nearly killed when a prefabricated building fell on him at a construction site in 2009, the lawsuit named three companies, including the construction company the man worked for at the time of the accident, a fertilizer company that owned the site and another construction company that was hired to work on the site. A jury decided that the landowner bore most of the blame for the man's injuries.

The case illustrates the complexity of personal injury lawsuits under Florida law.

What are Florida laws when it comes to texting and driving?

Given the ways in which people behind the wheel can be distracted by various activities and devices in today's world, many are unaware as to what Florida's laws are when it comes to distracted driving. Smartphones that allow people to check their emails, text, send photographs, use various outlets for social media and numerous other things makes them an irresistible attraction. Many mistakenly believe that it is safe to look away from the road for a brief moment. However, a car accident can happen in that split second and lead to people being seriously injured or killed.

According to state law, the idea is to improve the safety for everyone on the road. Law enforcement is authorized to stop vehicles and cite drivers who are using their cell phones while operating their vehicle. The law states that drivers can't be operating their vehicle while manually typing, sending data, emailing, texting or sending instant messages. This law applies to "wireless communications devices." If the vehicle is not in motion, this law does not apply.

Assisting Floridians determine negligence in wrongful death

Sustaining a Florida injury can have a devastating impact on a person's life. The impact can be far greater if the accident led to a fatality. Unfortunately, this has happened to far too many Florida residents, who have lost a loved one from fatal workplace accidents, fatal car crashes and medical errors. But, the truly sad fact is that most fatalities from these kinds of accidents may have been caused by the negligence of another party.

The term "negligence" plays a significant part in wrongful death cases. If the case in question deals with a fatal workplace accident, a deadly motor-vehicle crash or a fatal medical error, determining whether negligence is involved is important for the family who has lost their loved one. This is because the victim's family usually focuses on their emotional distress and loss without considering the case's legal aspects.

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