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December 2015 Archives

On duty law enforcement officer injured in motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are a prominent sight on Tampa roadways. This includes people who ride them as part of a recreational activity. Some, however, ride motorcycles as part of the performance of their jobs. This is the case with law enforcement personnel who are stationed on motorcycles. The same dangers that are present for civilians on motorcycles are present for those who ride the motorcycle for work. Given the vulnerability of a motorcyclist, a motorcycle collision can lead to severe injuries and even death. When this happens, it is important that those who were affected know how to move forward with a legal filing after being injured in a motorcycle accident.

Study: Night shift work can cause drowsiness and an auto accident

There are many reasons for a car collision to occur in Florida and across the country. One that is commonly referenced is if a driver is driving while drowsy. The common belief about drowsy driving is that it is simply a matter of lack of sleep. However, a study has found that people who work on a night shift and drive home after work have sleep-wake cycle disruptions and a lack of sleep while working their shift leads to greater danger of accidents due to drowsy driving.

Federal trucking regulations mandate electronic trucking logs

Truck drivers in Florida and across the United States are required to follow certain rules and regulations enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. One important regulation involves the trucking log that drivers must complete to detail the amount of time they have spent on the road. This is to avoid the risk of a truck accident due to truck driver fatigue. Since drivers spend so much time on the road and frequently travel lengthy distances, the FMCSA seeks to ensure that drivers adhere to the required rest time.

Mother sues daycare in car accident death of her daughter

It is not unusual for people to be injured or even killed in Florida because of a negligent property owner failing to properly maintain his or her property. Often, this might happen because of a slip and fall accident or some other occurrence that can arise in a premises liability case. However, premises liability can apply in many types of situation.

How tire safety can factor into an auto accident

When a Tampa resident gets into the person's car, there are certain dangers that are inherent out on the road. An auto accident can happen at any time and, in many instances, it is due to the negligent and reckless behaviors of another driver. However, given the number of accidents and injuries that have resulted from flaws within vehicles, the safety of the automobile and how it might be compromised by flaws or mistakes cannot be ignored when there is a crash. One such issue is something that few even think about when driving -- their tires.

Florida Car Accidents: The 14 Day Rule Still Stands

Since 2013, a unique law and deadline has existed for obtaining compensation for a car accident injury in Florida. The most important requirement to protect your right to personal injury protection (PIP) benefits is to seek medical attention within 14 days of an accident. The goal of the law was to decrease insurance rates and ensure that all injury victims have coverage for medical expenses. However, it has been a subject of debate among lawmakers since it was enacted. Additionally, one 2015 study reported that Florida is the worst place to get into a car accident, considering the financial impact on drivers here compared to the rest of the country.

Important facts in the most recent auto accident statistics

In Florida and across the country, it is widely known how much damage a car accident can do. What is also important in car accidents and avoiding them is understanding the statistics that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration accrues to educate and inform. It takes a substantial amount of time for these numbers to be assessed and that is why the statistics for the previous year are often released not long before the end of the next year. There is still a great deal to be gleaned from this research.

Filing a lawsuit due to an unqualified truck driver in Florida

Since trucks are commonly encountered when on the road, there is an inherent trust factor that goes into sharing the road with them. Their vast size and the speeds at which they often travel make them a significant danger if there is a crash. In some instances, the accident is simply due to circumstances and nothing can be done to prevent it. However, there are other times that the truck company hired an unqualified truck driver and allowed the person to operate a vehicle that requires concentration and training.

Drunk driving crash involving 3 cars critically injures woman

There are numerous dangers on the road in Florida and one of the most damaging is encountering a drunk driver. A drunk driving accident can cause injuries and fatalities. It can lead to long-term medical care, rehabilitation, massive medical costs and the loss of a normal life. If there is a fatality, the family left behind will have to move on without a loved one. A car accident victim needs to be aware of how to move forward with a claim after a car accident has occurred so compensation can be provided after the incident.

Understanding the most recent fatal boating accident statistics

Boating is an activity that is common for residents and visitors to Florida. While the majority of boaters and passengers make sure to adhere to the proper safety procedures to ensure that everyone who goes out on a boat returns home without injuries or fatalities, there are situations in which accidents do happen. Knowing the statistics and circumstances why these accidents happen can be beneficial to people who have been affected by the loss of a loved one in a fatal boating accident as they consider litigation to pursue compensation.

Facts and dangers of encountering a distracted driver

One of the most dangerous factors in car accidents leading to serious injury and death is a distracted driver. This can affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and other drivers of all ages. While the risks of encountering a distracted driver are known in a general way, it is beneficial to understand the realities and the statistics as to how risky the act is.

Drowsy drivers increase the danger of a car accident

There are many dangers on the road in Florida including the possibility of a driver operating the person's vehicle under the influence, behaving as a negligent driver or other issues that can result in a car accident. One problem that is not often considered as a common risk is a driver who is too drowsy to be driving. Studies have looked into this problem and new research compiled by AAA states that as many as two out of every five drivers get behind the wheel while drowsy.

Fatal motorcycle crash in Florida claims life of woman

Florida drivers and motorcyclists have to share the road for the safety of everyone. While the majority of drivers adhere to the law and maintain proper safety procedures, there are still people who are reckless, unaware or simply fail to yield and follow traffic laws when it comes to motorcyclists. This can result in devastating injuries and fatalities for motorcyclists. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle crash need to know what their legal options are after the incident has occurred.


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