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Filing a claim after getting hurt by a speeding truck driver

A previous post on this blog talked about the dangers speeding truck drivers present to other motorists in the Hillsborough and other parts of the Tampa area. Not only do drivers who speed have less of a chance of being able to stop for an accident, but, should they get in to a wreck, the momentum of their speeding truck is far more likely to cause serious damage to whatever, or whomever, it hits.

Whether exceeding the posted speed limit or not, a truck driver always has an obligation to driver his or her vehicle slowly enough to be able to stop or, at a minimum, to mitigate some of the damage in the event of an accident.

Large commercial vehicles need to be driven slowly

Although many drivers in the Tampa area are likely tempted to speed, particularly if they are running late for an appointment or are just eager to get home from work after a long day.

In particular, drivers of large commercial vehicles, who often are under a time crunch to get the people or products they are hauling from Point A to Point B, may be tempted to go a few miles over the speed limit or what they know to be a safe and reasonable speed for the road conditions.

Report: Cellphone use contributing to spike in pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the country, according to recent statistics from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

It appeared that in 2016, for the first time in 20 years, the total number of pedestrian deaths would top 6,000, which is a disturbing statistic. This is despite the fact that several states have stepped up their law enforcement efforts and public safety campaigns.

Three injured after driver hits several vehicles

Police investigated a recent accident involving several vehicles on a busy street in the Tampa area which sent three people to the hospital, although initial reports were that the victims' injuries showed no apparent signs of being serious.

According to police, a driver of a pickup truck was operating his vehicle "recklessly" along the road and slammed in to another vehicle from behind. The pickup then continued to move forward and hit two more cars before crossing over the road's median. When it crossed the median, the pickup rolled over, colliding with two more cars that were traveling in the opposite direction.

Overview of Florida's Dram Shop Law

It is a sad reality that in many cases, a drunk driver is also a driver who either does not carry automobile insurance at all or has only the minimum coverage which is no where near enough to pay compensation to victims after the intoxicated driver causes serious injuries in a car accident.

What this means is that, unless he or she is independently wealthy or at least solidly in the upper middle class, a drunk driver is likely going to have no means of paying for the highly preventable losses he or she inflicts on other people. If the deriver is also charged in criminal court, they may also be facing a lengthy stint in jail and thus will be unable to work any of their debt off.

What does the Takata airbag recall mean for Florida drivers?

Tampa-area residents may be aware of the massive airbag recall initiated by the Japanese company Takata. This recall and the public's awareness of the safety issues that could arise due to faulty airbags has been ongoing for awhile, but recently, the company expanded the recall even more. It is the largest automotive recall in United States history.

With the new expansion to the ongoing recall, vehicles made in 2009, 2010 and 2013 are now included. While the manufacturer will name specific models included in the recall, it does include cars made by Tesla, Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz. This likely affects many Florida drivers.

How we can help passengers, other drivers after an Uber wreck

A previous post on this blog explained the legal options for those affected by accidents involving an Uber or Lyft driver. Basically, both passengers and other motorists in the greater Tampa area can suffer serious injuries because of a negligent driver who is operating as a contractor for Uber or Lyft, and these victims both need and deserve compensation for their losses.

Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, it can be hard for a victim to easily obtain full compensation after an Uber of Lyft accident. Insurance coverage and conditions can be difficult to navigate when it comes to suing the driver, and it may be hard for a victim to sue Uber or Lyft directly simply because of the way these companies have set up their businesses.

Children injured in Tampa-area drunk driving crash

Drunk driving is not only a criminal activity, it is a negligent behavior that can negatively impact innocent people. A recent incident in the Tampa area illustrated this danger when a drunk driver collided with a vehicle containing several children. The impact left three kids with injuries.

According to law enforcement, the driver was traveling on Interstate 75 at the time of the crash. He attempted to pass an SUV in the center southbound lane, but instead, his F-150 hit the SUV. The father of the children also suffered injuries in the crash, and authorities eventually took the driver of the F-150 to the Manatee County Jail after his arrest.

Getting compensation after an Uber of Lyft accident

Like residents of other major cities, residents of Hillsborough and other parts of the greater Tampa area are now able to secure a ride through a transportation network company like Uber and Lyft. Supposedly, this system is just as effective, if not better than, a traditional cab and also may cost quite a bit less.

However, some people who choose to participate in this ridesharing plan, as well as other motorists, may have some concerns about the drivers. Despite their being screened by the companies for whom they contract, the reality is that many of them are simply average citizens with no real training or experience with commercial driving.

Will Tampa road construction pose a threat to your safety?

With highly anticipated road construction slated to begin very soon throughout the Tampa Bay area, many readers will find that these projects will affect their commute in some way. Road closures will happen, and you may find it beneficial to know where construction will take place so that you can plan accordingly.

In addition to the effect that construction can have on your drive time, it is also possible that it could pose a threat to your safety as well. Road construction can actually be quite hazardous for drivers, and sometimes, these projects can cause accidents and injuries to innocent motorists.

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