Speeding is one of the most common traffic offenses on the streets and highways of every state, including Florida. Any driver caught speeding is lucky to receive just a traffic citation. If the speeding has led to a car accident, then a ticket can quickly turn into a criminal charge, especially if other motorists or bystanders are injured. Consider a recent accident 100 miles north of Tampa.
Impaired driving is a serious offense in Florida. When drunken driving leads to an auto accident that injures or kills other motorists, the state has a strong interest in removing that driver from the road and imposing penalties to prevent reoccurrences of such behavior and to provide victims with some sense of relief and justice. One recent injury car accident in Ocala is about to test that theory.
In Manatee County, one driver's alleged negligence led to serious injuries for one motorcyclist and his passenger and shows how just a moment's lack of attention can have devastating results. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a car driven by a 71-year-old woman ran a stop sign before striking a motorcycle at 61st Street East and U.S. 41 around 3:30 p.m. The 52-year-old motorcyclist and his 50-year-old female passenger sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Bradenton's Blake Medical Center. The driver of the car was not injured in the car accident. But, she was cited for running a stop sign.
A slight miscalculation while driving can result in a devastating outcome. In Lake Alfred, Florida, less than 60 miles west of Tampa, a driver who tried to beat a red light reportedly caused a crash that killed a teacher.
A recent bicycle-car accident in Tampa, Florida, is an example of how bicyclists are often unsafe on the road. Reportedly, a 29-year-old man was riding his bicycle to work on the U.S. 92 overpass before the accident occurred. He was allegedly struck by a pickup truck on that road. The bicycle rider died as a result of the accident but the driver of the pickup truck drove away from the scene of the accident.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend is popular for many people in Tampa, Florida. It is an opportunity to celebrate national unity with friends and family. It is also one of those times in the year when major car accidents occur, unfortunately.