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How safe are self-driving cars, really?

You are probably already aware of the fact that self-driving vehicles could be on the road with you in the near future. Many companies are currently in the testing phase of rolling out vehicles that will actually drive themselves. You, like many others, may have significant concerns about how safe these vehicles actually are and whether they pose a safety risk to Florida drivers.

Is Florida too dangerous for cyclists?

When a person on a bicycle is in a collision with a moving vehicle, the individual on the bike is likely to suffer serious injuries. A cyclist is largely unprotected against the weight and force of a large vehicle, even when wearing a helmet and safety gear. Motorists have the responsibility of driving carefully and cautiously when in the vicinity of a cyclist.

How does comparative fault apply to legal claims in Florida?

There can be many scenarios that lead to a motor vehicle accident. For example, perhaps you were speeding when you were t-boned by a distracted driver at an intersection. The distracted driver clearly wasn't paying attention to the road and violated traffic laws when the incident occurred. However, you were speeding, which also breaches a motorist's duty of care. Because you were partly at fault for the crash, does this mean that you cannot pursue a legal claim against the other driver?

Federal regulations aim to prevent commercial vehicle accidents

Commercial vehicles are a common sight on Florida roads, specifically buses. People travel to and from work and shops on city buses. Other buses transport people from one part of the state to another, for business or pleasure purposes. However, it is important that commercial vehicles be driven with care. This is because the large size of commercial vehicles makes any accident involving one potentially catastrophic.

Texting and driving bill headed to Governor's desk

A bill that would raise texting and driving from a secondary offense to a primary offense was recently passed by the Florida House and is now awaiting the approval of Governor Ron DeSantis. The bill also makes it illegal for motorists to use a cellphone in school or construction zones. However, using GPS is still lawful, unless the motorist is in a school or construction zone. This measure would allow Florida to catch up with other states in the nation on this issue, as it is one of only four states in which texting and driving is a secondary offense.

Monitoring driver behavior and reducing accidents

If you take even a short drive on any Florida road, you will likely notice a distracted driver. Behaviors that could indicate distraction include swerving, driving at erratic speeds, running through red lights and more. You may also notice drivers who are not distracted but still driving dangerously -- speeding, not slowing down for turns or driving aggressively. 


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