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Distracted driving increasing in Florida

A previous post here recently discussed the serious impact of distracted driving. The number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers in Florida is increasing. Last year in Florida, 50,000 car accidents were caused by distracted drivers. Because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is important for drivers and victims to be aware of the serious consequences of distracted driving and the resources available to help victims of a distracted driving accident.

Distracted driver critically injures bicyclist in Florida

A personal injury claim for damages against a negligent driver can be an important tool for victims suffering from the harm of an unexpected car accident. In a nearby Florida community northeast of the Tampa area, a 33-year-old bicyclist was recently critically injured in a car accident after being struck by a distracted driver. According to authorities, the 25-year-old woman was momentarily distracted when she hit the bicyclist while driving her SUV. The woman had two small children in the car with her at the time of the accident.

When should elderly drivers relinquish their right to drive?

There is a significant number of elderly drivers in the state of Florida. Our state is a popular place to retire, and many people live in the state half a year to escape harsh temperatures farther north. But are elderly drivers making Florida roads more dangerous?

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.

Calls for stronger texting and driving law met with controversy

At the next legislative session, Florida lawmakers will take a up a proposal to strengthen the state's texting and driving ban. Currently, Florida motorists are not allowed to text and drive, but the offense is "secondary" and carries only a $20 fine. A person who gets fined does not have points assessed on his or her official motor vehicle record.

The future of transportation and traffic in Tampa Bay

After residents of the Tampa Bay rejected a previous plan, the Florida Department of Transportation brought forth a new plan that proposes to add express toll lanes on Interstates 4 and 275 as well as other expansions. Leaders proposed the new plan, Tampa Bay Next. Just recently, residents got a look at this new transportation plan for the area.

Motorcycle rider killed in fatal Florida motorcycle accident

In Florida, motorcyclists can be traveling on the roadways essentially year-round. Even though motorists are accustomed to sharing the road with these small vehicles, this does not always mean that they cautiously take note of them. Whether it is due to distractions or negligence, a motorcycle crash could be the result of a driver failing to uphold their duty to drive safe. Nonetheless, the legal process provides remedies for motorcycle accident victims and their families.

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted drivers are a growing problem that will continue to increase in scope as technology advances and is used more frequently. Distracted driving includes anything that removes the driver's focus and attention from the roadway. In general, there are three types of distracted driving. Distracted driving includes manual distraction that cause the driver removing their hands from the wheel, visual distraction that cause the driver removing their eyes from the roadway and cognitive distraction that involve activities that remove the driver's mental focus and mind from the task at hand.

Florida drivers second worst in country for distracted driving

A recent study revealed that Florida drivers rank second in the nation for distracted driving. According to a representative for the company that collected the data, fatalities have increased due to phone use. Each day in the United States, 1,161 victims are injured and others are killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, a representative also noted a link between prohibitions of phone use while driving and safer driving.

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