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.
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.
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.
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.
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.