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Trucker fatigue is a common, serious problem

Although there are rules in place that require many if not most truckers to take periodic breaks from driving, trucker fatigue is still a very serious, and all too common, problem on the roads of the Tampa area and in other parts of Florida.

One statistic suggests that well over 1 in 10 drivers of commercial vehicles had been suffering fatigue at the time they had a collision while driving. Although not all of these accidents were particularly serious, the statistic shows that it is always simply a matter of time before a tired or otherwise fatigued truck driver causes a serious injury or even a fatality.

Improving safety for those who use alternate transportation

Tampa-areas roads can be dangerous for all Florida travelers, regardless of whether they are walking, riding a bus or driving a car. Congestion, roadwork and other drivers can all increase the chance of an accident that may leave innocent people injured. Pedestrians and cyclists often face a higher risk of serious injury because they are largely unprotected against the impact of an accident.

If you drive through Tampa, you know there are many ways the city can make it less hazardous for the individuals who choose to walk or ride a bike to work. Thankfully, authorities have plans for certain improvements to do just that. The intent of these improvements is to allow all types of travelers to share the roads safely and with a lower chance of collisions.

Dump truck accident injures three children

A dump truck driver traveling on U.S highway 301 collided head on with a passenger car, injuring three children from the greater Tampa area, resulting in injuring one them critically. The other two children were listed in serious condition. The woman who was driving the car that was struck was a 40-year-old who seems to have been the children's mom and has also suffered serious injuries

According to reports, the dump truck driver was heading in the opposite direction to the the victims' car. The driver was apparently not paying careful attention to the road and did not see that a third car had stopped in order to make a turn. To avoid hitting this car, the trucker swerved but wound up hitting the third car anyway. His truck continue to travel in the lane of oncoming traffic and then hit the victim's SUV head-on. Rescuer workers had to take the youngest child, a six-year-old, to the hospital by life flight, but they used ambulances to take the other victims to the same hospital. The driver of the third car suffered minor physical injuries that did not require a trip to the hospital. The accident also closed the highway for hours.

Common behaviors exhibited by drunk drivers

Drunk driving is a serious threat to the safety and well-being of every person on the road. Operating a vehicle with an elevated blood alcohol content can significantly increase the chance of an accident, and innocent people can suffer. Florida readers understand the dangers and unnecessary risks associated with drunk driving. 

Law enforcement strives to stop drunk drivers, but people continue to engage in this dangerous behavior. It can be helpful for drivers to learn how to recognize common behaviors demonstrated by drunk motorists. This may help you avoid accidents, but if an accident does happen, drivers have the right to seek compensation through a civil claim

Are drowsy drivers a threat to your safety on the road?

When a Florida driver gets behind the wheel while tired, it can increase the chance of an accident. In some cases, tired drivers are actually dangerous drivers, and they could be a threat to your health and well-being. In order to combat the likelihood of a person driving while exhausted, some organizations are taking measures to increase awareness of this problem.

Several agencies and groups across the state are working to make drivers more aware of how dangerous it can actually be to drive while drowsy. It can cause drivers to make poor decisions behind the wheel or even fall asleep. Driving while too tired to be safe is a type of negligent driving, and accident victims may have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim.

We handle difficult commercial vehicle accident cases

Bus accidents and other accidents involving large commercial vehicles are quite likely to leave at least one person seriously injured.

For one, the size difference between a commercial vehicle and a private passenger vehicle is significant, meaning that the smaller car, and the people inside it, usually bears the full brunt of the accident.

Area on record pace for number of school bus accidents

Unfortunately, the greater Tampa area is on a record-setting pace this year with respect to the frequency of school bus accidents, with many area counties seeing a marked increase in the number of these types of accidents. Hillsborough County, for instance, is on pace to be up 25 percent over 2017.

Other counties in the area posted similar numbers, with one county showing a 27 percent increase and another showing a slightly more modest, but still concerning, 7 percent increase. One locale is on track to more than double the number of school bus accidents since 2017, although this may be because the number of accidents in the area is low to being with.

Federal agency launches ad campaign against drugged driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA has launched a nationwide ad campaign against drugged driving that is scheduled to run through Labor Day.

The "Drive High, get a DUI" campaign aims to educate drivers about the possible consequences of drugged driving, consequences that include basically the same criminal penalties that drunk driver would face.

Representing the most vulnerable victims of distracted drivers

As previous posts on this blog have discussed, the distracted driving epidemic has hit pedestrians particularly hard. Thousands of pedestrians die, and many more are injured, across the country each year, often thanks to drivers who are simply not paying attention to the road or intersection in front of them.

Tampa, Florida, pedestrians who are involved in accidents, like their counterparts across the state, are especially vulnerable to distracted drivers simply because they have nothing to protect them from the impact of a large, heavy motor vehicle.

Florida working to reduce auto accident injuries and fatalities

Driving a vehicle is the most common form of transportation, but there are many Florida residents who choose to walk or bike. The individuals who make this choice often do so for health reasons, but there are times when it is more convenient, efficient and cost-effective to leave the car parked in the garage. 

If you are a person who rides a bicycle to work, walks regularly or chooses a form of transportation other than a motor vehicle, you may know that you could face an increased chance of an accident. In fact, statistics indicate Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, cyclists and others. Fortunately, there are some groups pushing to make roads safer for everyone and reduce the number of accidents.

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