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The importance of protecting victims of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents with cars can be devastating and result in serious and costly injuries for victims and their families. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75,000 pedestrians are injured each year in auto-pedestrian accidents, and 5,000 victims die each year in pedestrian accidents. This means that, on average, a pedestrian is injured every 7 minutes in an auto-pedestrian accident.

Because of the size disparity between pedestrians and the cars and trucks that may strike them in a pedestrian accident, victims can suffer catastrophic injuries. Pedestrian victims may suffer traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, crush injuries, internal injuries, complex bone fractures and paralysis. As a result, medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and disability expenses may all be huge expenses.

Takata airbag recall: What Florida drivers need to know

The Takata airbag recall is now the biggest automotive recall in history. About 28.8 million airbag inflators in 24 million vehicles in the U.S. have already been recalled. The airbags have been found to deploy improperly during a crash, shooting metal fragments into drivers and passengers. At least 100 injuries and 11 deaths have been reported across all makes and models.

The dangers of commercial vehicle accidents

Commercial vehicle accidents can be complex and can result in serious injuries and harm to victims. Commercial vehicles can be especially dangerous to passenger vehicles and other smaller vehicles such as motorcycles. It is important for both truck drivers and other motorists to be aware of the potential dangers commercial trucks present.

The size of commercial trucks and the high speeds commonly driven on the roadways can lead to catastrophic accidents. While there are different ways that drivers of passenger vehicles can act carelessly and thereby endanger other drivers such as drivers of commercial vehicles, there are also ways in which drivers of commercial vehicles may also act carelessly and cause serious accidents as a result.

Tips to avoid distracted driving and help keep everyone safe

This blog recently discussed some of the dangers truck drivers can encounter on the road. During April, which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is a good time to remember the dangers associated with distracted driving and review some tips to help avoid distracted driving and distracted driving-related car accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation began Distracted Driving Awareness Month in 2014 when it noticed an increase in distracted driving and decided to focus on bringing greater awareness to the problem.

Professional truck drivers, of course, spend a number of hours navigating roadways throughout Florida and the rest of the country. A group of professional truck drivers from the American Trucking Association have tips to offer to help keep everyone safe on the roadways. One professional truck driver notes that distracted driving is the biggest problem he faces and an easy one to solve. One of the simplest tips is to place cell phones on silent and out of view while driving.

Safely sharing the road with trucks is an important concern

Truck drivers can have a difficult time on the road, encountering pedestrians and motorists who may be largely unaware of the challenges truck drivers face. When pedestrians and motorists behave carelessly, and do not appreciate the dangers trucks can present, it can result in near misses. Failing to safely share the road with trucks can result in significant harm.

The American Trucking Associations reports that 75 percent of accidents involving trucks are caused by the other driver involved in the accident. It is important for all drivers to be familiar with the differences between handling a truck versus a motor vehicle. Truck drivers who have millions of miles on the road accident free can provide safety tips for drivers to be aware of.

How serious are pedestrian accidents?

Auto-pedestrian accidents can have a number of unwanted outcomes and can unexpectedly alter the lives of victims and families in an instant. As a result, many individuals may be familiar with the subject of pedestrian safety and wonder how serious the problem of pedestrian accidents and pedestrian accident injuries are.

During 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 150,000 pedestrian accident victims required emergency room treatment for injuries associated with pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are treated for a number of different serious, and potentially debilitating, non-fatal injuries associated with pedestrian accidents each year. Injuries can include brain, head, neck, spinal cord and back injuries; broken bones and serious soft tissue injuries, as well as lacerations and contusions.

Florida motorcycle accident leads to injuries

Victims of motorcycle accidents have protections against negligent drivers. In a Florida community less than two hours southeast of the Tampa Bay area, a motorcycle accident recently resulted in several injuries to different victims.

Approximately one dozen motorcyclists were participating in a charity memorial ride for a friend who had passed away when the accident occurred. The motorcycle accident took place at an intersection. According to witnesses, the accident occurred when one of the cars involved failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycles while making a left turn on a green light. Authorities did not say whether or not the driver will be charged with a traffic infraction.

Assessing the problem of distracted driving in Florida

Drivers have significant responsibility to take adequate care to ensure the safety of others on the roadways. Oftentimes, drivers allow their attention and focus while driving to be diverted by distractions that can lead to car accidents, injuries and harm. Since 2012, distracted driving-related car accidents have increased in Florida by 25 percent. Drivers aged 20 to 29 were responsible for 31 percent of distracted driving car crashes.

Each distracted-driving car accident represents car accident victims that are injured or otherwise harmed. There are three primary categories of driver distraction. Types of distracted driving include visual distractions; manual distractions; and cognitive distractions. Visual distractions include distractions when drivers remove their eyes from the roadway; manual distractions include distractions when drivers remove their hands from the steering wheel; and cognitive distractions include when drivers remove their focus from the roadway.

The devastating impact of catastrophic car accident injuries

Serious injuries such as catastrophic injuries suffered in a car accident can result in physical limitations, mental deficits, disabilities and chronic pain. Catastrophic injuries suffered in a car accident can have a lasting impact that can lead to future medical care costs, diminished earnings and can be burdensome for both car accident victims and their families.

Car accidents are one way catastrophic injuries may be suffered. Catastrophic injuries can include serious head and brain injuries; neck injuries and paralysis; back injuries; hearing and vision loss; the loss of limb; severe burns or scars; and chronic health problems such as chronic pain. In some circumstances, car accident victims can be left with medical bills related to the catastrophic injuries they have suffered and an inability to work to pay for medical expenses, future treatment costs and, at times, rehabilitation costs that are necessary to treat their injuries.

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.

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