Although most people prefer not to think too long about it, they know that tragedy can strike anywhere and at virtually any time. When it does strike in the form of a car accident and lives are lost, surviving family members often are left grieving and devastated. Their emotional trauma is often made worse, however, when they find out a hit-and-run driver was behind their loss.
A motorcycle ride around Florida can be a liberating experience and can get a driver to a desired destination faster and with less gasoline expenses. A drawback to riding a motorcycle is the limited safety protection for the rider and passenger in the event of a crash. When motorists exercise extra caution, a motorcycle accident can be avoided but a recent accident is exemplar of the injurious effects when a motorcycle meets car on the road.
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.
Motorcycles may be a favorite way to travel for many Floridians, but almost all of them can tell stories about close calls that could have ended their lives or certainly put them into a hospital with severe injuries. Unfortunately, these vehicles do not offer the same protection as cars and other motor vehicles do, so riders generally fare poorly in the typical motorcycle accident.
Just two days before Christmas, a 46-year-old mother died near Port St. Lucie when her motorcycle collided with a minivan that pulled out in front of her. The woman was thrown from her motorcycle and died at the scene.
Florida has great weather for traveling by motorcycle, but a bike's design, size and weight can mean serious injuries when it is involved in an accident.
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.
More than three months after a high-speed July accident claimed the life of a Cape Coral man on a Fort Meyers street, the driver allegedly responsible for that death turned himself into Cape Coral police.
A 16-year-old girl's condition is improving after being involved in a car accident near Tampa, Florida. The girl tried to cross the street outside of the crosswalk, when a southbound white car hit her. The girl was unconscious when the firefighters arrived at the scene.