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Two men suffer dog bite injuries after attack in Florida

Many Floridians keep dogs as pets. The designation as "man's best friend" is generally well-deserved by many dogs and their owners make certain that their pet is well-trained, cared for and is safe for others to be around.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions and people can be irresponsible with their dogs. If a dog is free to run loose in the street, there is a chance that it will bite an unsuspecting passerby and cause dog bite injuries. These injuries can be serious and even fatal. After a dog attack, victims must be cognizant of the long-term implications and think about their options for a legal filing to recover compensation.

Know what components should be in a construction contract

Construction projects are costly endeavors for the person commissioning the project. Because most of these individuals aren't professionals, they hire a general contractor to complete the job. These individuals must work closely with each other if the project is going to be successful.

At the heart of every construction project is a solid contract that protects both sides. There must be some specific points in them. Each of these must be fully discussed and agreed upon since they will govern the working relationship.

New technology could cause motor vehicle accidents

For Floridians and people around the U.S., technological advancement is generally seen in a positive light. If a new vehicle has more features, it can enhance its value and utility. Still, there are advancements that are relatively new and are impacting people who are not accustomed to them.

For instance, as a new AAA study shows, in-vehicle technology is causing drivers, especially older drivers, to be distracted. Distracted driving is such a prominent problem that it caused more than 3,000 fatalities in 2017. The goal of the technology inside the vehicle is to prevent people from using their smartphones, but these attempts at safety are forcing people to remove their eyes from the road.

Risk of motor vehicle accidents spurs texting and driving law

It seems that when simply looking to the left or right on the road, it is possible to see a driver who is looking down rather than forward. This is generally perceived as a person looking at a device. To prevent the risk, a new law in Florida has recently been put into effect allowing law enforcement to stop vehicles in which the driver is believed to have been distracted.

Now that the new law is in place, texting and driving is a primary offense, meaning officers may pull vehicles over for the sole violation of texting and driving. There are still concerns that the law might not be as impactful in preventing motor vehicle accidents as it is intended. The law says that drivers cannot drive while typing or plugging numbers or any symbols into their device. Nor can they read off the device. Still, if a driver is off to the side of the road or is at a red light, they cannot be cited for distracted driving.

Dangerous driving habits to watch out for

While driving around Sarasota daily might seem almost second nature, it is important to remember that every time you get behind the wheel, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that approximately 35,000 people die every year due to traffic-related accidents. This puts motor vehicle collisions in the top 10 causes of death annually.

Even though some accidents are due to equipment malfunction or freak occurrences, most of them happen because of operator error. So, how do you avoid an accident where the other driver is reckless or negligent? One of the best things you can do is to understand what kind of dangers you face from other drivers. While drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are some of the most common causes of accidents, here are a few more that you should also be aware of.

Coping with changes after a brain injury can be challenging

A brain injury can dramatically change the course of your life, especially when it is a severe one. The upcoming months and years are going to be filled with trying to adapt to what you can and can't do. They might also be filled with doctors' appointments, therapy and other similar events. Throughout all of this, you have to try to support yourself and your family.

One thing that many people might not think about when it comes to life after a brain injury is the emotional toll it takes on the victim and their loved ones. This is due, in part, to the major life upheaval that comes with this type of diagnosis.

Marijuana-using drivers raise risk of motor vehicle accidents

In Florida, drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence will inevitably place others in danger of injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle accidents.

While the term "under the influence" can be construed as the driver having been drinking or using drugs, there are certain liberties people believe they can take in terms of the kinds of drugs they have used. Recent research highlights this danger and drivers should be cognizant of this risk if they are in an accident.

Study shows fatal motor vehicle accidents rise for pedestrians

Statistical analysis is important to assess motor vehicle accidents. For Floridians who are concerned about their safety on the road, knowing how and why crashes occur can be a key to avoiding accidents.

Since there are so many pedestrians and bicyclists in the state, the number of crashes that involve these individuals is especially important. New information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 2018 was the third-worst year for road fatalities in the decade. At serious risk were pedestrians.

Teen suffers dog bite injuries, has cardiac issue soon after

If the dog is running free and has a propensity to bite, there can be injuries and even death. The owner of the dog is responsible for its behavior and those who were victimized and suffered dog bite injuries should be aware of the necessary steps to file a lawsuit for compensation.

A dog bite led to a teen being injured and then suffering a cardiac issue. The teen, a 17-year-old female, was walking near her apartment complex with a friend. A dog that was untethered approached and attacked her. She was bitten on the foot.

How to protect yourself from distracted drivers

No matter how good your driving is, your safety depends, to some extent, on other drivers. Many responsible drivers are seriously injured or even killed due to drivers who become distracted while behind the wheel. Measures should be taken to ensure that you can detect distracted behaviors so that you can adequately protect yourself and your loved ones in the car.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver, it is important that you take time to understand how the law applies to the situation. Many injured drivers are able to gain back damages as a result of being injured through no fault of their own.

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