The roads are typical busy in the Tampa area and throughout Florida every Thanksgiving, and this year will likely be no exception.
At least according to a recent report, Florida is the home to a disproportionate share of interstates and other federal highways known for being particularly dangerous.
Many of the newest vehicles on the market boast of state-of-the-art safety features that are supposed to make both occupants of the vehicle and those with whom they share the road safer.
People use the term "accident" fairly broadly, especially when they are referring to collisions between two or more vehicles. In this broader sense, accident just means something that no one caused on purpose, which is indeed the case in the vast majority of car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents.
A state lawmaker from another part of Florida, who lost her twin sister in a car accident, recently pledged to fight hard for a tougher prohibition on texting and driving.
A recent report prepared by a major children's hospital and the nursing school of a major university in a cooperative effort suggested that law enforcement efforts at curbing texting and driving might not be as effective as hoped.
A sheriff's deputy was among three people in the Tampa area who suffered injuries following a car crash in which a driver was traveling the wrong way on the road. Thankfully, all of the victims are expected to survive, but the exact extent of their injuries was not discussed
With much legislative and media focus on curbing the impact of driving behaviors such as drunk driving or distracted driving, it can be easy for motorists in Florida to overlook the impact that speeding and aggressive driving has on making the state's roadways less safe for all motorists. In fact, recent statistics from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show that speeding and aggressive driving is a major factor in a large percentage of the state's auto accidents.
The last few years has seen a number of advances in self-driving vehicle technologies. The cars themselves have left the test tracks and hit the public roads, streets and highways of Florida. In spite of considerable attention that self-driving vehicle manufacturers and operators have received as of late - thanks largely to a spate of highly-publicized auto accidents - the Sunshine State appears to remain bullish on the technology.
When it comes to being safe on the road, Florida is not the best place for a motorist - or passenger, cyclist or pedestrian. A recent study that was conducted by the website WalletHub - the "Safest States in the U.S." - puts Florida near the bottom in almost all of the categories that were considered in the findings. Overall, the Sunshine State was ranked 46th among the 50 states with regard to the safety of its citizens.