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November 2019 Archives

Rear-end accidents are plaguing the area's highways

A previous post on this Florida blog talked about how distracted driving remains a serious problem in Florida. The latest headlines in the news only demonstrate this point, as two recent accidents on local highways may both wind up being attributed to distracted or inattentive driving.

Impaired driving happens well before a person reaches .08% BAC

Most people are aware of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, yet alcohol-related car crashes continue to be a major problem on Florida roads. Around 10,000 people die in these types of accidents each year, and it may be because people often underestimate the potential danger of consuming even a small amount of alcohol behind the wheel. In reality, drunk driving or driving after drinking even a little bit can have serious consequences.

Drowsy driving is a bigger problem than many think

If you have ever gotten behind the wheel while a little sleepy, you are not alone. Every driver has been tired while operating a vehicle at some point, but there is a difference between being a little sleepy and dangerously fatigued. Overly tired drivers can be dangerous drivers, increasing the chance of an accident for every person on the road.

Report: distracted driving remains a deadly problem

While Florida and other jurisdictions have continuing to take measures against texting and driving, it seems that, at least according to recent statistics, distractions behind the wheel continue to be a deadly problem on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, as of two years ago, just under 10 percent of all fatal accidents involved a distracted driver. In raw numbers, this means that over 3,150 people in 2017 died due to distracted driving.

Review of when punitive damages are available in Florida

Several posts on this blog have discussed how, in some cases, an injured victim in the Tampa Bay area can recover punitive damages after the victim has suffered an injury in a car accident. A review of punitive damage in Florida may therefore be helpful.

Hands free in school and work zones is the law

Distracted driving continues to be a problem in Florida and across the United States. There are so many distractions that can affect a person's driving. Besides the distractions caused by typical activities, like eating, playing music, putting on makeup, etc., cell phones have become the major driving distraction in recent years. Our state, like many other states, is passing laws trying to combat the use of cell phones while driving to help prevent accidents.

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