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Fiery Florida bus accident injures 25

This blog recently discussed the serious nature of bus accidents and a recent fiery bus accident in north Florida sadly illustrates the dangers of such accidents. The bus accident occurred after the bus failed to yield at a flashing red light controlling the intersection where the accident took place. As a result, the bus collided with a semi-truck and both the bus and semi-truck burst into flames.

In addition to fatalities, 25 victims were injured in the bus accident. Most of the 25 victims are listed in serious or critical condition following the accident. The bus had 34 individuals on board and the semi truck was transporting the driver, who was killed in the accident, and a passenger. Because of their size, accidents involving buses and tractor trailers can be devastating for victims and their families.

Help for victims injured in taxi or bus accidents

Passengers who are injured in bus or taxi accidents may face significant challenges. Buses and taxis fall into a special category of transportation called common carriers. While all drivers are required to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, common carriers are held to a higher standard. They are also licensed and must follow certain regulations. In Florida, taxis are required to carry higher levels of insurance and are excluded from the no-fault insurance law in Florida.

Victims of taxi and bus accidents may suffer damages including medical bills and medical care costs associated with rehabilitative care, therapy, prescriptions and other medical costs; future medical care costs; lost wages; lost-earning capacity; pain and suffering damages; and travel costs associated with treatment. Furthermore, victims and their family members may face a variety of other unexpected expenses following a taxi or bus accident. Personal injury and wrongful death resources are available to aid victims and their families during a time that is challenging enough without the added physical and financial strains associated with the taxi accident or bus accident.

Ways to help keep pedestrians safe from auto-pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian safety is an important issue in most communities. Increased awareness and caution at intersections and at other areas on roadways may help drivers and pedestrians keep pedestrians more safe. Additional safety measures can be helpful as well. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group on the roadways and are susceptible to serious injuries if they are hit by a vehicle.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 24-hour time period, an average of 430 pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to auto-pedestrian accidents. In addition, during 2013, 156,000 pedestrian accident victims received medical treatment in emergency rooms for nonfatal injuries. Because injuries suffered in an auto versus pedestrian accident can be serious, it is important to understand how critical pedestrian safety is and how serious pedestrian accidents can be when they occur.

Big change to Florida slip-and-fall law

Whether you're strolling into KFC or browsing the aisles at Walmart, sustaining a serious and potentially life-altering injury is the last thing you expect. Yet, slip-and-fall injuries are quite common and can lead to medical bills, lost wages and a range of personal difficulties. Unfortunately for Florida residents, a recent statute has shifted the responsibility from business owners to injured parties in slip-and-fall cases.

Tampa Bay suffers a number of accidents during holiday weekend

The recent holiday weekend may have intended fun for everyone but a number of accidents caused injuries and worse for victims in the Tampa Bay area. Over the holiday weekend in the Tampa Bay area, a number of victims were injured in accidents and some accidents were also fatal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the highest number of motorcycle and car accidents occur over the Fourth of July holiday.

Over the weekend in the Tampa Bay area, a motorcycle accident versus a car left one victim injured and another was killed. In addition, authorities reported that a drunk driver caused a fatal car accident in Tampa Bay over the holiday weekend which sent a family of three over a bridge and into Tampa Bay. A number of other accidents also occurred. According to authorities, alcohol plays a significant role in the number of accidents that take place over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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.

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