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June 2017 Archives

Getting help following a drunk driving accident

Statistically, most car accidents are caused by drunk driving, speeding or other careless or otherwise inattentive driver behavior. As a result, most accidents are preventable but, unfortunately, many drivers continue to engage in dangerous driving behaviors, causing accident. The legal process provides options and resources to victims to help hold negligent and careless drivers, such as drunk drivers, accountable and help victims recover compensation for the damages they have suffered in a drunk driving accident or other car, truck or motorcycle accident.

Motorcycle rider killed in fatal Florida motorcycle accident

In Florida, motorcyclists can be traveling on the roadways essentially year-round. Even though motorists are accustomed to sharing the road with these small vehicles, this does not always mean that they cautiously take note of them. Whether it is due to distractions or negligence, a motorcycle crash could be the result of a driver failing to uphold their duty to drive safe. Nonetheless, the legal process provides remedies for motorcycle accident victims and their families.

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted drivers are a growing problem that will continue to increase in scope as technology advances and is used more frequently. Distracted driving includes anything that removes the driver's focus and attention from the roadway. In general, there are three types of distracted driving. Distracted driving includes manual distraction that cause the driver removing their hands from the wheel, visual distraction that cause the driver removing their eyes from the roadway and cognitive distraction that involve activities that remove the driver's mental focus and mind from the task at hand.

Tampa thoroughfare eyed for safety redevelopment

Tampa residents are likely familiar with the busy thoroughfare that is Fowler Avenue. The roadway is populated with a number of large employers but does not provide a significant amount of safety for pedestrians or bicyclists. The crosswalks are not abundant and are significant distances apart. Additionally, the sidewalks do not boast any shade for pedestrians, and sidewalks are separated from the road by ditches that have been overgrown. Bicyclists travel in a bicycle lane only separated from other traffic by a white line.

What is considered drunk driving in Florida?

In Florida, it is illegal to drive while impaired, but some drivers may wonder exactly what that means. The legal blood alcohol content level limit in Florida is .08, and drivers who drive with blood alcohol content level equal to or above this limit may face criminal consequences and penalties. Additionally, they may also face other legal consequences, including a claim for damages brought by the victim or victim's family for negligence. Criminal charges or citations may be used as evidence of negligence if a claim for damages is brought against the drunk driver.

Know the signs of distracted driving

You can do everything in your power to keep yourself, your passengers and all others in your vicinity as safe as possible when you get behind the wheel to drive. And sometimes you can prevent another person's poor choices on the road. For instance, if your friend has had too much too drink, you may be able to convince him or her to hand over the keys.

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