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Watch out for these warning signs of a distracted driver

There are certain factors that make the roads less safe for anyone on them. Drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one such issue. Another is drivers who get behind the wheel when exhausted or fatigued. Finally, distraction plays a major part in a large number of otherwise preventable crashes.

People die every day in collisions caused by distracted drivers, and hundreds more sustain serious injuries. Even with laws in place that make reading and typing texts while driving illegal in Florida, many drivers still choose to engage in these distracting behaviors. Thankfully, there are warning signs for common distractions you can watch for while on the road.

How does Florida no-fault insurance work?

Many people think “no-fault” insurance means fault is not important in a car accident case. This is not true.

No-fault insurance simply means that your no-fault insurance will pay your initial medical expenses, up to the limit of your policy, regardless of which driver was at fault. A typical Florida no-fault policy pays 80 percent of the first $10,000 in medical expenses, after a $1,000 deductible.  

5 Signs You Need the Help of a Florida Personal Injury Attorney

lawyers-1000803_1280.jpgFrom car wrecks to motorcycle accidents and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) to dog bites, a significant, life-changing injury can have devastating effects on your life and your loved ones. 

Drowsy Drivers: Stay Safe, Stay Awake

speed-1249610_1280.jpgWe have all been there. It's late at night, we're tired, and we have to get home. Regardless of the distance, it is never safe to drive while drowsy. In fact, it is one of the most dangerous things motorists do regularly. Many states have an official Drowsy Driving Prevention Week; Florida's is the first 

How to Avoid Unsafe Trucks on the Road

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Keep Our Roads Safe

New truck technology and stricter policies should mean significant improvements to trucking safety, for both truck drivers and occupants of other vehicles. However, there are still over 400,000 large truck collisions every year in the United States, and while fatalities may slowly be declining, injuries resulting from truck collisions are not 

Texting and Driving: Get off Your Phone--It's the Law in Florida

o-TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING-facebook.jpgTexting and Distracted Driving: A Major Problem in Florida and the U.S.

Reckless driving has long been illegal, but Florida joined a majority of other states in banning texting while driving in 2013. This ban was accompanied in 2013 by a federal regulation prohibiting drivers of large trucks from texting or talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device. Texting while driving may not feel reckless, but studies show that distracted drivers exhibit many of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, including taking longer to react when braking, responding to a traffic signal, recognizing a hazard in the road, etc. Most of us recognize the dangers of drunk driving, so it's time to acknowledge that distracted driving carries much of the same danger. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that drivers on mobile phones are nearly four times more likely to be in an accident than someone refraining from cell phone use, and texting in particular increases the risk of a car crash by 23 times.

In 2015, there were more than 45,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving in Florida, which resulted in more than 39,000 injuries and more than 200 deaths. Across the U.S., more than 3,000 people were killed in 2014 by distracted drivers. These injuries and damage to people, property, and vehicles could all be prevented by drivers simply focusing on driving.

FLORIDA IS NOT SAFE FOR BICYCLISTS

A bicyclist in Florida is legally allowed to ride on the road and contrary to popular belief, bicyclists are safer on the road than on the sidewalk. Since 2001, Florida has been ranked as the state with the highest number of bicycle accident fatalities. Negligent motorists cause the majority of Florida bicycle accidents, but occasionally, the accident is the fault of the cyclist. Bicyclists need to communicate with motorists using hand signals and making eye contact. 

Drunk Driving Still A Major Problem in Florida

In Florida in 2014 there were 685 fatal accidents involving drunk drivers. These accidents accounted for 27.5% of all fatal Florida traffic accidents. Even though Florida has some very strict laws regarding drinking and driving, many people still blatantly disregard these laws. Victims of Florida DUI accidents can face serious injuries or death. Injuries can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and more. 

DISTRACTED TRUCK DRIVERS CAN LEAD TO TRAGIC ACCIDENTS

We have all heard about the dangers of distracted drivers but what about distracted truck drivers? Distracted truck drivers can cause catastrophic or fatal accidents. Truckers drive for a living, so they are behind the wheel for many hours at a time. Truck drivers are often under tight pressure to drive so many miles or make so many deliveries in a fairly limited amount of time. Truck drivers often drive while fatigued and/or distracted. When a truck driver is driving while distracted, they place themselves and others at risk of a tragic preventable accident. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), external distractions cause about 8% of large truck crashes and internal distractions cause about 2% of all large truck crashes.

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