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The most dangerous types of distraction for Florida drivers

For officials in charge of monitoring and improving traffic safety across the country, including in Florida, distracted driving has become one of the most alarming causes of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, nearly 21,670 occupants of passenger vehicles died and some 2.09 million were injured in traffic crashes. Other statistics show that 3,328 died in distracted driving crashes across the country that same year. Despite these statistics, many people are comfortable texting or performing other activities that take their attention off the road.

Crashes involving distracted driving have a variety of causes. NHTSA research has identified a variety of activities that can cause accidents, such as using cellphones and smartphones, putting on makeup, reading, eating and even interacting with other passengers.

Motorcycle accident leaves rider in critical condition

Respecting each motorist's right of way is essential to help assure accident prevention. Not following traffic regulations and being unaware of other vehicles are sure fire ways of endangering lives. This is especially true for motorcycle riders. In a motorcycle accident, riders can suffer catastrophic injuries, like neck and brain injuries, that can result in permanent disability. The likelihood of death in these cases can be very high as well. This was apparent in a recent accident south of Tampa.

In Sarasota, a 23-year-old man was riding northbound on his motorcycle at Swift Road around 3 p.m. when he was involved in an accident. A sedan driven by a 52-year-old female driver, a resident of Sarasota, was driving in the southbound lane when she turned left and entered the direct path of the motorcycle. The two vehicles collided and the man was ejected from his motorcycle. The woman suffered minor injuries. The rider was airlifted to a nearby medical facility, Blake Medical Center. He was in critical condition. The woman was charged by authorities after it was deemed that the accident was caused by her failure to yield to the motorcycle's right of way.

What hazards do wet floors present to a property's visitors?

Like anywhere else in the country, inadequate maintenance at a Florida property can lead to an accident. The same goes for premises that need repair or have hazardous conditions. Among the simplest hazards that can cause serious injuries to workers and customers is a wet floor.

What are the most common types of accidents in most areas frequented by the public? Wet floors and other slippery surfaces are among the leading causes of accidents in stores and other properties. They can cause someone to slip and fall. It may be hard to image, but a simple wet floor can lead to severe injuries. According to some sources, wet surfaces are among the leading causes of personal injuries in the United States. Slip and fall accidents also lead all workers' compensation claims and premises liability claims. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that these accidents make up the majority of general industry accidents and account for 15 percent of all work-related deaths. More than 540,000 cases of slip-and-fall injuries require some hospitalization every year. In total, slip-and-fall accidents cost more than $11 billion every year.

Teen's asphyxiation in jail results in wrongful death payout

Negligence should never lead to the loss of human life. Unfortunately, too many times it does. Perhaps even more unfortunate, when the death of someone in the custody of law enforcement officers occurs, such as recently happened in a Florida wrongful death case that led to an out-of-court settlement, getting anyone to admit to wrongdoing can be nearly impossible.

The 19-year-old son of a Florida family reportedly died while in custody at the Clay County Jail in March of 2013. According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department, the man was arrested March 2 on a pair of misdemeanor charges following break-ins at a local motel where he was living. He reportedly had a history of mental health problems and may have suffered a psychotic break after smoking a synthetic form of marijuana that is now illegal. Ten days later, the man fought with sheriff's deputies at the jail and was subdued with pepper spray, which produced excessive amounts of saliva. The man was restrained in a chair with a spit mask over his head. Witnesses say he was left unattended by jail personnel despite repeatedly claiming that he could not breathe and was suffering chest pains. He died shortly after.

How faulty motorcycle parts cause motorcycle accidents

Since motorcycles were introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, the demand for them has risen dramatically. As many Americans, including Floridians, enjoy riding motorcycles as much as other motor vehicles, the number of enthusiasts has rapidly increased as well. For businesses such as motorcycle manufacturers, more demand means more profit. With increased production, however, comes the probability that parts will be defective and lead to more accidents.

When product safety is compromised, as it sometimes is with defective motorcycles or their parts, riders are at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries in motorcycle accidents. Among the most common motorcycle defects are failing brake pads, broken wheel rims, overheating engines and leaking fuel tanks. According to one consumer watchdog organization, there have been almost 50 incidents of motorcycle recalls in 2012, the last year for which complete data were available. The recalls from nine manufacturers included faulty brake pads, engine failures and defective tires.

Helping you determine liability in a trucking accident

Manufacturers and distributors throughout the country, including Florida, rely on trucking companies to deliver their materials and goods at all hours of the day and night every day of the year. Because many truckers are required to meet strict schedules and delivery deadlines, some of them violate federal and state highway rules and regulations, putting the lives of other people at risk. Any trucking accident caused by speeding, failure to yield to the right of way or not observing traffic signs and lights is likely to injure or kill other motorists.

Being injured in a truck accident can be highly traumatic for any victim. We understand how hard it is for you and your family to cope with the damage. Truck crashes can impose more than physical injury; they can cause overwhelming medical expenses and pain and suffering, and they can mean lost wages. Our legal team at Culpepper Kurland has helped clients seek compensation for all of these.

How does speeding contribute to car crashes in Florida?

Every driver in Florida is responsible for their own safety and the safety of other motorists sharing the road. It goes without saying that no driver wants to be involved in a car accident. But it also goes without saying that fewer car accidents would happen if all drivers exercised more caution behind the wheel. Drivers are responsible for following all traffic rules and regulations at all times. Unfortunately, many personal injury cases in the U.S. still occur as a result of car accidents. One of the common causes of accidents is speeding.

State and local authorities, who are responsible for ensuring that motorists obey traffic and safety laws, have imposed a speed limit on every Florida roadway. The Florida Department of Transportation establishes speed limits on highways, up to a maximum of 70 miles per hour on Interstates, up to 65 miles per hour on four-lane highways and up to 60 miles per hour on other state highways.

VA medical facility in Tampa sued for wrongful death

Attending to patients' needs is arguably the main priority of all hospitals, including those who care for military veterans. One Veterans Affairs facility in Tampa, however, has been accused of failing to properly treat a patient's gastrointestinal disorder, a failure that led to his death.

According to a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man's widow and three children, the Navy veteran's death from colon cancer in February 2013 was a case of medical malpractice. The 64-year-old man allegedly suffered treatment delays at the C. W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Tampa. The lawsuit against the hospital also names several facilities that supervise the care provided by the Veterans Administration in Florida. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants unreasonably delayed the patient's treatment for colon cancer.

Informing you about your rights in a dog bite case in Florida

Many cases of premises liability in Tampa, Florida, deal with slip-and-fall accidents, defective elevators and accidents at theme parks. However, incidents concerning premises liability may occur anywhere, particularly if it is an accident caused by inadequate security or a dog bite.

Accordingly, thousands of people are being involved in animal attacks and dog bites incidents every year. While a dog bite typically may be considered to lead to a personal injury case, it is also governed by premises liability laws. An individual's pet is considered to be property. This means that the owner has the responsibility to take care of that property and prevent it from causing harm to other people. The same rule applies to establishments, malls, apartments and other properties. Our firm is knowledgeable about different kinds of premises liability accidents that can happen. We also are familiar with such cases and the rights of an individual in the event of an animal attack.

How do Florida truckers avoid truck accidents?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that establishes rules and regulations for buses and large trucks that are aimed in large part at protecting public safety across the country, including Florida. FMCSA's enforcement efforts are being redoubled in view of recent statistics that showed 3,514 people were killed in vehicular accidents involving large trucks in 2012. The agency has determined that too many of these crashes were caused by inattentive truck drivers.

Distracted driving is a great concern among federal and state transportation authorities as well as motorists. Distractions can take drivers' attention from the road and cause them to miss seeing other motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. According to the FMCSA, cellphone use is the leading cause of distraction-related truck accidents. For this reason, the agency together with the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration published rules this year that forbid interstate bus and truck drivers from using cellphones while operating their vehicles. The rules apply to all commercial vehicle drivers, but truck drivers who transport hazardous materials and goods are of particular concern.

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