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Man killed in fatal motorcycle crash with wrong-way driver

There are many motorcycles on the road in Florida and it is important that the riders and drivers of conventional vehicles share the road and do so safely. Unfortunately, accidents will happen to motorcycle riders and, given their vulnerability, there is a significant chance of catastrophic injuries and a fatal motorcycle crash. A motorcycle accident victim and the victim's family need to understand the consequences that can accompany a motorcycle accident and consider legal action to be compensated for their damages.

Recently, a motorcyclist was killed in an accident when a driver went into oncoming traffic and crashed into him. The accident occurred at approximately 9:23 p.m. According to law enforcement, a 40-year-old man was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango and went into the southbound lanes of the road driving in the opposite direction. The 38-year-old motorcyclist has hit head-on. He was taken to the hospital via airlift and died there. The driver of the Durango had minor injuries. Police said that there were indications of impairment and he was arrested for DUI manslaughter.

Legal assistance after a Florida fatal boating accident

Given the warm weather in Florida, some of the most common leisure activities that people indulge in involves the water and boats. Unfortunately, with these activities comes the danger that there will be an accident. In many of these, it will end in a fatal boating accident. In addition to the loss of a loved one, those who are left behind will have the come to grips with the loss of companionship and financial ramifications of a loved one's untimely death. It is in these situations when it is imperative to speak to an attorney about a lawsuit to receive compensation.

Like a car crash, a boat accident can be the result of negligence, recklessness and substance use. Boaters who are under the influence can be just as dangerous and deadly as a drunk driver in a car. They might fail to see people swimming, water skiing, jet skiing or other boaters. Because there are not often law enforcement officers stationed on the water watching every boater that goes by, it can be difficult to show that there were negligent and reckless behaviors occurring. This is why it is key to have legal help right after the accident.

Changes to federal trucking regulations proposed

One of the biggest issues that the federal government is concerned with when it comes to regulating truck drivers is how to ensure safety. Federal trucking regulations affect people in Florida and across the country as they seek to prevent accidents involving these vehicles. Because these trucks are so large and travel long distances at great speeds, there is a significant chance of a crash with serious injuries and deaths. With that in mind the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with a new proposed rule to try and find those who do not adhere those implemented by the FMCSA.

The Federal Register is publishing the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the Safety Fitness Determination updating the way in which fitness ratings are calculated and determined. These will integrate data from inspections, crash reports and other information to deem how safe a motor carrier is and will do so each month. With this, the FMCSA hopes to identify those who are at greater risk of a crash. Those who are thought to be unfit will be removed from the road until they are able to improve.

A look at Florida hit and run statistics

When there is an auto accident in Florida, those who were involved are required to stop for a multitude of reasons. As a matter of legality, a person who commits a hit and run will be violating the law and can be subject to numerous consequences. Unfortunately, some people do choose to flee the scene after they have been involved in a car collision. Those who have a crash need to be aware of this possibility and be cognizant of their surrounding to assist in an accident investigation.

It is not unusual for people -- often pedestrians -- to be hit by a vehicle with the vehicle leaving the scene. One incident on the first day of the new year occurred at around 9:30 p.m. and resulted in a man's death. Another, in the last week of December 2015, resulted in a woman on a bicycle dying five days after being hit by a car with the driver fleeing the scene. Across the state, the number of people involved in a hit and run is significant.

Drowsy truck drivers still a major risk for a truck accident

With the number of trucks on the road in Florida there is a consistent danger that a crash involving one will occur. There can be many reasons for this, but one that should be preventable is the accident occurring because the driver is too drowsy to be on the road. Drivers are supposed to write down or electronically record their time spent driving and resting in a trucking log. However, there is still an issue with truck drivers falling asleep.

Several drivers have related stories in which they have fallen asleep while operating their trucks. While they might have been following federal trucking regulations and not caused serious injuries in an accident there is still a looming danger of an incident leading to injuries and death. One man had driven for 11 hours the previous day and the next day ran a stop sign ending up in a ditch. He was uninjured, but he or someone else could have been. This was a small incident compared to others that have been in the news.

Study shows safety issues that can cause a truck accident

Floridians who spend any amount of time on the road realize that large trucks are an inescapable part of the landscape. With that, it is a constant danger that there will be a collision with a large truck. In many cases, a truck accident will be a multi-vehicle accident with serious injuries and fatalities. A study examined safety problems that truckers who drive long distances and their companies face.

As recently as 2012, there were more than 1.75 million people who drove large trucks for a living. The vast majority were long-haul drivers. A survey by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health conducted this survey in 2010. They did so by speaking to drivers at 32 truck stops in the U.S. The research centered around accidents, close calls, moving violations, injuries suffered doing their jobs, their work environment, safety factors, training they received, how satisfied they were with their jobs and behaviors they exhibited while driving.

Florida Uber accidents: Are injured passengers protected?

Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft, are becoming increasingly popular in Florida and around the country. With a few swipes of a smartphone app, someone in need of a taxi can locate a ride, determine wait time and rate, and schedule a pick-up. And riders aren't the only ones benefiting from the service. Uber drivers create their own schedules, use their own vehicles and enjoy flexibility that isn't offered by traditional taxi cab companies. While this new take on an 80-year-old industry is attractive to most, it is important to understand what happens when an Uber driver gets into an accident - especially in Florida, a state with unique auto insurance laws.

Motorcycle accident victim suffers paralysis and other injuries

Motorcyclists in Florida are undoubtedly aware of the possible dangers that they face when out on the open road. Those risks can be mitigated by adhering to the rules of the road, wearing protective gear, being visible and riding safely. Contrary to conventional belief, a motorcycle accident does not necessarily have to happen because of a rider acting irresponsibly. A motorcycle accident victim can face devastating injuries that can lead to a lifetime of struggle and pain. It can even result in a fatal motorcycle crash. When there is a motorcycle accident, it is important that the person who was hurt or the family left behind has legal assistance in conducting a full investigation to determine what happened.

A 21-year-old man was injured in a motorcycle accident involving a sheriff's deputy. That accident occurred shortly before 8:00 p.m. as an undercover officer driving an unmarked vehicle pulled out of the parking lot of a donut establishment directly in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle's lights were on, but the deputy did not see the bike. In addition, the motorcycle was traveling well under the speed limit of 40 miles-per-hour and attempted to stop, but the motorcycle skidded into the police vehicle.

What are the federal regulations for a qualified truck driver?

Encountering trucks when out on the road in Florida is often unavoidable. With that, it is also understood that there will occasionally be a truck accident. A collision involving a truck can be more dangerous and deadly given the size of the vehicles, the speeds at which they travel and the distances they have to cover. It is with these factors in mind that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has federal trucking regulations for drivers of these trucks to be considered qualified.

A person who has not met the qualifications according to the FMCSA cannot legally drive a commercial vehicle. A person who is not qualified cannot be employed by a motor carrier in operating one of these vehicles. The driver is required to be at least 21-years-old. The person must be able to speak and read the English language well enough to be able to speak to and understand the general public, read and understand traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries and to enter information on records and reports.

Premises liability, safety and railroad crossings in Florida

There are premises liability laws in place in Florida to provide for the safety of the population. Designed to address a wide variety of issues and situations, these laws will run the gamut from providing proper security to making certain that the lighting is sufficient and much more. If, as a result of a failure to account for hazardous conditions people are injured or killed, it could be the foundation for a legal filing where the injured could be compensated.

Railroad safety is not often considered when it comes to safety requirements, but the state law has certain rules that must be followed regarding grade-crossing warning signs and signals, audible warnings, reasonable care being exercised, the blocking of highways and roads and streets when it is dark. The railroad company must provide for the safety of motorists as they cross a track that is situated on a highway. There must be warnings signs that accord with the uniform system of traffic control devices.

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