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A look at the problem of distracted driving in Florida

Car accidents related to distracted driving are steadily increasing in Florida approximately 3 years after Florida enacted its texting while driving ban. Initial data from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reveals that there were almost 46,000 distracted driving accidents in Florida during 2015. By year, in 2014, there were just over 42,000 distracted driving accidents; in 2013, just under 40,000 distracted driving accidents; and in 2012, just over 33,500 distracted driving accidents in Florida.

A nearby Florida county had 5,506 distracted driving car accidents during 2015 and greater than half of those accidents involved injuries. Distracted driving accidents in Florida included a variety of different types of distraction such as cell phone use, texting while driving, engaging with passengers, eating, grooming, unsecured pets, adjusting radios or other car-related devices and paying attention to events going on outside the car or daydreaming.

Understanding the impact of bus accidents on victims

Commercial vehicle accidents may not only injure a number of victims but may also injure those victims seriously as well. Commercial vehicles are commonly much bigger in size than passenger vehicles and present a more significant danger on the roadways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that injury accidents involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent from 2009 to 2014.

Though the number of injury accidents involving buses and large trucks had decreased prior to the period from 2009 to 2014 when it began increasing, the decrease from 95,000 injured victims in 2004 to 60,000 injured victims in 2009, represents a number of victims. The number of victims impacted by bus and large truck accidents represents a potentially devastating impact on the life of each victim and on the lives of family members of victims also impacted by a bus crash.

What is car accident reconstruction?

Car accident reconstruction can be an important part of the process following a car accident. Victims and family members may be familiar with the term accident reconstruction and wonder what that means. When a car accident occurs, especially when it is serious and involves injuries or death, an accident reconstruction is oftentimes performed as part of the investigation of the accident.

Both police and independent investigators may investigate an accident and perform an accident reconstruction. Authorities investigating the accident will determine if any criminal activity, which may also be considered negligent conduct, led to the accident such as speeding, drunk driving or if a truck driver involved in a truck accident, for instance, may have violated service hour regulations and caused an accident.

Tampa Bay pedestrian accident victim suffers serious injuries

Pedestrian accidents can leave victims facing catastrophic injuries, the recovery process and a significant disruption to their lives. A pedestrian victim recently suffered serious and life-threatening injuries following an auto-pedestrian accident in the Tampa Bay area. The pedestrian accident that left the woman seriously injured is being investigated. The 69-year-old woman was walking across the street in a marked crosswalk when she was struck by a 25-year-old driver driving a compact SUV. Authorities reported that the 25-year-old driver did not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk. The victim was pinned under the vehicle after it struck her and had to be transported by helicopter to the hospital.

Injuries pedestrians may suffer after being unexpectedly struck by a careless driver can be significant. Victims can suffer head injuries; neck, back and spinal cord injuries; serious broken bones; cuts and contusions; and other disabling injuries they may be left dealing with for the rest of their lives. In addition, injuries suffered by pedestrian accident victims may cost them time away from work and can be significantly disruptive in the lives of victims.

Help for victims of neck, back and spinal cord injuries

Motorcycle accidents can cause a variety of serious injuries including neck, back and spinal cord injuries. The neck and back are important and vulnerable areas of the body and injuries to the neck, back and spinal cord can have a significant physical, financial and emotional impact on victims.

Nerve injuries, tendon injuries, vertebrae injuries, herniated disk injuries and pinched nerves can all be injuries a victim might suffer. Neck, back and spinal cord injuries can be challenging to diagnose and treat and may lead to chronic pain, suffering or disability that can impact a victim for the rest of their lives. Following an unexpected motorcycle accident, the victim may find themselves suddenly suffering from a serious injury which can include paralysis and other injuries.

Tampa Bay car accident statistics and the impact on victims

This blog recently discussed a drunk driving accident in Florida, and many Florida residents, especially those in the Tampa Bay area, may wonder how many drunk driving accidents occurred on their roadways last year. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released preliminary statistics for 2015 including car accident, car accident injury and DUI statistic numbers.

The preliminary data released reveals that in Hillsborough County during 2015 there were a total of 25,956 car crashes resulting in 19,885 injuries. In addition, a total of 4,101 DUI citations were written in Hillsborough County during 2015. Unfortunately, each victim harmed in a car accident faces the potentially life-long impact of the harm they have suffered. Families are also greatly impacted by the harm suffered by victims of car accidents. Victims can suffer a variety of injuries ranging from broken bones to brain injuries and permanent disability.

Florida drunk driver charged following accident

The driver that recently caused a drunk driving accident in Florida that resulted in several injuries and a death was arrested on a drug-related DUI charge. The 24-year-old driver allegedly failed to stop his SUV at a red light in a nearby community northeast of Tampa and plowed into the other vehicles that were stopped at the light. The drunk driver did not slow down as he approached the cars parked at the light before striking them.

The alleged drunk driver struck one vehicle with one occupant travelling in it and another with four occupants, all of which were injured. One of the victims died at the hospital and another was in serious condition following the accident. The force of the car accident also caused one of the vehicles that was struck by the drunk driver to hit a third vehicle. Drunk drivers can cause significant harm to victims and catastrophic harm to families.

May is motorcycle safety awareness month

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHST) has declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month; in Tampa, both local motorcycle riders and tourists are out in droves, enjoying the early summer weather. However, both motorists and motorcyclists need to be more aware of one another while on the road. In 2015 alone there were 571 motorcycle accidents in Pinellas County, 26 of those accidents were fatal. That's an average of over two fatal motorcycle accidents a month! In order to keep yourself safe while riding around Tampa, here are a few motorcycle safety tips to keep in mind.

How many motorcyclists are injured in Florida?

Motorcycles encounter unique dangers and vulnerabilities on the roadways but residents of Florida communities may wonder about the incidence of motorcycle accident injuries in their communities. During 2009, there were 8,202 motorcycle riders and motorcycle passengers injured in Florida. In 2008, 9,402 motorcycle riders and motorcycle passengers were injured in Florida. With the exception of 2009, which saw a small decrease, motorcycle accident injuries have been increasing in Florida since 2002.

Can hit-and-run pedestrian accident victims get help?

This blog recently discussed the serious dangers of auto-pedestrian accidents to pedestrians. At times, victims may be struck by a driver that leaves the scene resulting in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident. Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer significant damages including physical, financial and emotional damages which can be worsened in circumstances when the negligent driver responsible for the accident is a hit-and-run driver. Victims of hit-and-run pedestrian accidents may wonder what options are available to them.

Despite potential challenges, personal injury legal options exist to protect victims of hit-and-run accidents. This includes circumstances in which the negligent driver cannot be identified. While the circumstances can sometimes be complex, protections are available to victims of auto-pedestrian accidents in a variety of situations. The legal process is designed to account for various situations including when a negligent driver has fled the scene of an accident. It is important for drivers to remain at the scene of an accident, especially if it has resulted in property damage or, worse, injury or death. A driver's failure to do so may result in criminal charges.

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