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1 injured when crane truck overturns in Florida

On Sept. 27, a 17-year-old Florida driver was seriously injured when a crane truck overturned in Oklaloosa County. The accident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 20-year-old driver of a Peterbilt truck was attempting to turn his vehicle from Beal Parkway onto Lewis in Fort Walton Beach, but he was going too fast. The truck fell on its side, and the crane smashed into three passenger vehicles that were stopped at the traffic light. The driver of a Honda Civic suffered serious injuries and was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the crane truck suffered minor injuries. The drivers of the other two passenger vehicles were unhurt.

Eating as you drive may be more dangerous than you think

Most Florida drivers have probably pulled into a drive-thru or brought food from home on their commute so they can eat on the run. Eating while driving is extremely common, and unfortunately, it can be extremely dangerous. In fact, for many drivers, eating is terribly distracting and can greatly increase the chances of a car accident.

People often do not think of eating while driving as particularly dangerous, but it can have serious consequences. Distracted driving is risky, and it involves all types of behaviors -- like eating -- that take a driver's attention from the task at hand. Whether a person is eating a burger or sipping coffee, each driver is responsible for staying focused and making safe decisions while behind the wheel.

Large truck crash deaths went up in 2017, says NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its report on fatal car crashes for 2017, and it appears that fatalities went down in every type of accident except in large truck crashes. This should give some Florida residents cause for concern. There may be multiple reasons for this trend, but the report focuses instead on the statistics.

The total number of people killed in traffic accidents went down 1.8 percent from 37,806 to 37,133. Passenger vehicle, motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities saw 1.4, 3.1 and 1.7 percent declines, respectively. The greatest difference was made in speeding-related crash deaths (down by 5.6 percent) and cyclist deaths (down by 8.1 percent).

AAA uncovers dangerous overreliance on car safety tech

Drivers in Florida who use car safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic emergency braking run the risk of becoming complacent on the road. It should be kept in mind that such features are meant to assist, not replace, drivers. However, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that overreliance on car safety tech is a widespread trend.

This overreliance is linked with a lack of understanding of the limitations of each feature. According to the AAA report, 80 percent of drivers with blind-spot monitoring overestimate the system's ability to detect fast-approaching cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Even worse, 20 percent of drivers place so much trust in the monitoring capabilities that they neglect to look for oncoming vehicles when changing lanes.

Fatal truck accidents on the rise: what can you do?

Because of the large size and heavy weight of semitrailers, Florida readers know accidents involving these types of vehicles can result serious injuries or death. Collisions are often caused by reckless or negligent truck drivers, and these types of motor vehicle crashes are on the rise. In fact, there are some who believe the government should work to reduce the number of truck collisions.

The number of fatal truck accidents is growing at a rapid rate in comparison to other types of crashes. In 2016, 4,300 people died in accidents involving semitrailers. Despite these startling numbers, there are few who seem outraged over the apparent problem. Many think that the trucking industry and federal agencies should take action.

Motus links mobile worker car crashes with rise in smartphone use

The mobile workforce in Florida, as in the rest of the U.S., is becoming more connected, and with this comes a greater risk for smartphone use behind the wheel. A report from the vehicle management and reimbursement platform Motus shows just how connected the rise in smartphone use is with the rise in car crashes among mobile workers.

Called the 2018 Distracted Driving Report, it states that between 2013 and 2017, smartphone ownership went up from 55 to 77 percent among mobile workers; during that same period, the number of auto accidents increased from 5.7 million to 6.4 million. The report also states that smartphone use is prominent during the morning and evening because of commutes but reaches its peak between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

CVSA's Roadcheck results in nearly 12,000 out-of-service orders

The 2018 International Roadcheck took place between June 5 and 7. Truckers and truck fleet owners throughout Florida and the rest of North America were potentially subject to the annual inspection spree, which was conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

More than 67,500 commercial vehicles were inspected during the International Roadcheck. Out of that number, exactly 11,897 trucks and buses and 2,664 drivers were put out of service. About 45,400 of the inspections were Level I inspections -- the most comprehensive ones possible. Roughly 22 percent of these Level I inspections resulted in a vehicle's out-of-service order, and 3.9 percent of Level I, II and III inspections resulted in such an order for the driver. About 44 percent of all driver out-of-service orders involved violations of the hours-of-service regulations. HOS compliance was, incidentally, the focus of the 2018 Roadcheck. On the other hand, less than 2 percent of drivers' out-of-service orders were for HOS violations.

Drowsy driving is probably as bad as drunk driving

You may be asking how someone driving after not getting a good night's sleep could be as dangerous and culpable as someone who gets behind the wheel drunk, and you wouldn't be alone. Most people don't get the amount of sleep they should, but they still have to go about their lives. They can't do anything about it. Right?

When someone drinks alcohol and decides to drive, they knowingly put people's lives in jeopardy. Sleep-deprived people don't do that. Do they? When it comes down to it, they do.

How to drive safety during Florida's rainy season

As Florida readers know, the state is in the midst of its rainy season. This means that powerful thunderstorms roll through on a near daily basis, which can cause dangerous conditions on area roadways. Here are a few basic safety tips to help drivers successfully weather the storms.

One of the most common causes of rain-related car accidents is hydroplaning, which occurs when a vehicle's tires are separated from the road by a thin layer of water. If this layer of water becomes too thick, the tires could lose all traction, causing the vehicle to slide out of control. In addition, oil residue on the road can mix with rainwater and make conditions even more slippery.

Report shows how safety tech reduces backup crashes

Backup crashes can result in property damage as well as serious injuries if pedestrians are involved. They sometimes end in the deaths of young children, too. Florida residents should know, however, that safety technology for newer vehicles can help reduce their risk for backup crashes. A report states that those with rear automatic braking in their vehicles report 62 percent fewer backup crashes than those without.

The report goes on to say that if rear automatic brakes were combined with rearview cameras and backup warning sensors, the chance of a backup crash would decrease by an estimated 78 percent. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was able to test this combination of safety tech on new vehicle models and gave superior ratings to the 2017 Subaru Outback and Cadillac XT5 SUV. Four other vehicles received advanced ratings for their abilities in the area of speed reduction and collision avoidance.

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