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Older motorcyclists getting injured more frequently

All of Florida, including the Tampa area, is known as being a great place for people both originally from Florida, as well as transplants from other parts of the country, to retire. What this means is that Florida has a lot of seniors on the roads, and these could include Baby Boomers who, for the first time, grew up riding motorcycles since they were a fad at that time.

What this means is that a lot of older motorcyclists may be on Florida's roads, and this presents a special danger with respect to motorcycle accidents, at least according to one interpretation of a report put out by the American Automobile Association, or AAA.

Suing the State of Florida or one of its agents or subdivisions

Traditionally, the State of Florida could not be sued for the actions or omissions of its employees, including those who operate commercial vehicles on behalf of the state government. This traditional rule applies also to all government agencies and subdivisions, such as cities and counties.

While there were reasons for this rule, what it would mean in the present day is that many Tampa-area people could well suffer serious injuries because of a negligent government employee who does not driver his or her vehicle properly or even in violation of legal regulations. However, these people would not be able to get compensation for their losses.

Are self-driving trucks a threat to your personal safety?

Trucks have an important role in transporting goods back and forth across the country, yet they can cause great damage when involved in an accident with a smaller vehicle. Due to the larger size and heavier weight of the vehicle, drivers of trucks bear a special responsibility to drive safely and adhere to industry safety standards and regulations. 

What happens when there is no driver? Driverless vehicles may be a reality in the near future, and the trucking industry is not immune to these advances in technology. In fact, self-driving big rigs may be on Florida roads soon, which may lead you to wonder how safe these vehicles are.

Driver sought after hit-and-run

A Tampa woman was fatally injured following a hit and run accident on a major street in the area. Police are currently looking for the driver and are asking the public for any leads. The police are also looking for video of the area around the time of the accident in the hope that they will identify the driver who hit the woman and then left the scene of the accident.

According to her husband, the woman, who was 53, enjoyed gathering flowers from friends and neighbors and then making her own arrangements with what she received. She was out picking flowers at the time of the accident and told her husband she would be back in half an hour. Instead, police eventually tracked down her residence and had to tell her husband that the woman had been hit at an intersection and had not survived the crash.

Before filing a claim, consider reaching out for help

As many Tampa area residents can probably guess, accidents involving pedestrians who are walking alongside the road or are trying to cross the street can get hurt seriously if a driver carelessly hits the pedestrian with a car.

Given pedestrians have no protection from the blow of a moving car, they will often suffer serious injuries like broken bones, paralysis from a spinal cord injury or severe internal injuries, including brain injuries. These types of injuries can leave a person completely disabled and without any means of caring for either themselves or their loved ones.

Feds release report on Florida autonomous vehicle accident

A commercial vehicle accident in Florida attracted national attention, since the crash involved a so-called "autonomous" vehicle. Federal authorities actually investigated the cause of the accident and determined that the automated system bore some, but not all, of the fault for the crash. The accident involved an autonomous car crashing in to a large truck.

As the committee which prepared the report discussed, an "autonomous" vehicle is not equipped to truly operate without a driver, as if passengers can simply sit in the backseat and watch the car go. Like a commercial airplane, the car can do a lot of things itself, but the system has limits and requires a driver who can pay attention and make emergency adjustments as necessary.

We will help you hold a fatigued trucker accountable

Previous posts on this blog have discussed the serious danger that fatigued driving poses and have also talked about how many truckers must follow detailed rules about how long they have to rest after being on the road for several hours.

Unfortunately, though, some truck drivers and trucking companies buy in to a culture where profit is more important than the safety of other motorists in the Tampa area and throughout Florida. As a result, these people may wink at or even outright ignore both the rules and the inherent dangers in driving while fatigued, in some cases even going so far as to try to cover up their tracks with faked log books or other such things.

What's the difference between criminal and civil cases?

After drunk driving accidents, it may be very important for Tampa families to understand some of the differences between a civil and a criminal case. This is because following a drunk driving accident, the person who was intoxicated may be charged with a crime.

The victim or the family of the victim may also start considering what the options are for getting compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses that they will no doubt incur after a serious automobile accident.

Truck accident leaves 2 band members dead

Another person affiliated with a noted heavy metal band has died following a severe accident on Interstate 75 in Florida.

According to reports, the band's tour manager, died after being unable to recover from the accident, which took place several weeks ago. The woman had suffered significant burns and had also experienced smoke inhalation in connection with the crash. Doctors were not able to save her life despite multiple surgeries.

What types of damages can you pursue after a car accident?

An accident can change your life in a split second. Even if there are not serious physical injuries, the emotional scarring can run deep. Depending on the nature of your accident, it is possible that you could have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. The damages that you can pursue depend largely on the nature of your accident and the types of losses you experienced.

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