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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 

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.

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.

ELDERLY DRIVERS HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF A SARASOTA OR BRADENTON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT

Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian accidents in the nation. Much of this has to do with the way roads are designed. Florida also has a very large elderly population. In fact, Florida has the nation's highest number of residents over the age of 65. Due to their age and pre-existing conditions, the elderly are more likely to sustain serious injuries or fatalities when involved in a Florida pedestrian accident. Elderly Florida citizens often choose to live in areas that are conveniently located near stores and other places they can walk to. The elderly tend to have slower reaction times and their hearing may be diminished, creating dangerous situations involving motor vehicles. Due to limited mobility and certain physical impairments, elderly citizens are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents and they may have a difficult time getting out of the way of oncoming traffic.

HIT AND RUN LAW IN FLORIDA

According to Florida law, any driver involved in an accident must stop and remain at the scene of the accident. This is known as the "duty to give information and render aid." If a driver violates these legal requirements, they could face the following penalties:

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