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The most frequent factors in car crashes

Florida residents should be aware that there are various causes of car crashes, most of them involving human error or negligence. One of the most common causes is distracted driving. This covers not just calling, texting or using a navigation system behind the wheel but also talking with passengers, eating, drinking and applying makeup.

Another common factor is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can also impair judgment and reaction times, raising the risk for an accident. Some accidents are caused by drivers who have medical episodes like seizures and heart attacks. If people feel unwell or forgot their glasses, they should think twice about heading out to drive.

Florida a dangerous state for pedestrians

Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians, according to one study by Smart Growth America highlighting metropolitan areas that pose a particular threat to walkers. In fact, eight of the top 10 pedestrian-unfriendly cities in the country are located in the state. The survey brings together statistics about pedestrian fatalities, walking rates and other issues to compare various regions. The five most dangerous cities on the list were Orlando, Daytona, Palm Bay, Sarasota and Lakeland.

The only non-Florida cities leading the group were in California and Mississippi. However, while Florida statistics were particularly troubling, the report pointed to increasing threats to pedestrian safety across the country. The number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes rose by 35 percent across the country from 2008 through 2017. During that period, nearly 50,000 people lost their lives while walking, around 13 people every day for the full decade. Indeed, pedestrians now make up a greater share of the total number of people killed in car crashes. In 2008, pedestrians constituted 11.8 percent of all roadway fatalities, but by 2017, that number was 16.1 percent.

Pedestrians are more likely to suffer injury in Florida

There are many reasons why people want to travel by foot. Florida enjoys warm weather most of the year, and people often find it faster, cheaper and more enjoyable to walk to their destinations instead of drive. However, there are some risks involved with that. Florida is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians.

People walking here face a higher chance of a fatal accident than in other states. Within the state, cities that include Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami rank among the highest for motor vehicle incidents involving pedestrians. There are many reasons for these startlingly high statistics, and people who travel on foot will find it beneficial to learn about how to protect their physical safety and legal interests in case of an accident.

Big rig crash fatalities continue to rise across U.S.

Florida readers may be concerned to learn that fatal large truck crashes have increased in every state except six over the last eight years, according to a new report by Road Safe America. As a result, the organization is pushing the federal government to pass laws requiring the use of speed limiters and automatic emergency braking systems in commercial trucks.

Road Safe America researchers analyzed federal crash data from 2009 until 2017 and found that 35,882 people were killed in big rig accidents during that time. The number of deaths went up even though the total number of miles driven by large commercial trucks went down over the same period. In 2017, the states with the highest number of big rig-related deaths were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Between 2009 and 2017, the states with the highest percentage increase in fatal big rig crashes were Washington, Idado, Colorado, Texas and Nevada.

Does Florida lack the right laws to keep motorists safe?

If you are a Florida driver, you likely know that some motorists tend to be quite reckless. The state has a reputation for bad drivers, and there may be some truth behind this assumption because the state does not have as many traffic laws as other states do. This may be one of the many reasons for the high number of highway accidents and injuries.

According to a report from the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, Florida is one of the lowest ranked states for highway safety and important traffic laws. This advocacy group looks at various state laws and other factors in order to determine how safe state roads are. When rating different states, this organization looks at categories that include teen driving, child passenger safety, passenger safety, distracted driving and impaired driving.

Coalition aims to put an end to roadway deaths

Traffic accidents take thousands of lives every year in Florida and across the United States. Nationwide, over 100 people are killed in roadway crashes every day, a number that points to a serious public concern about highway safety. As a result of these disturbing statistics, the National Safety Council has launched a new project, the Road to Zero Coalition, aiming to achieve zero traffic fatalities by 2050. While coalition spokespeople said that achieving zero deaths in car accidents may seem to be an impossible dream, they noted that setting the goal may play an important role in achieving a significant reduction in deaths.

The transportation safety project includes 675 members from different aspects of society, including government, safety researchers, trucking companies and industry associations. It released a report outlining ways to achieve its ambitious traffic safety goals. The coalition's formation was also prompted by the fact that car accident fatalities have been increasing after several years of decline. In 2016, the number of people who lost their lives in crashes rose by 5.6 percent, reaching 37,461. In addition to the increase in fatalities linked to passenger vehicles, large commercial trucks were also involved in a growing number of fatal crashes.In 2016, there was a 5.4 percent increase in trucking accident deaths, reaching a total of 4,317. The vast majority of these deaths involved the occupants of other, smaller vehicles. The coalition recommends a number of practices to increase roadway safety, including improving seat belt compliance and accelerating the use of advanced safety technologies.

Fatal Florida crash blamed on reckless truck driver

The Florida Highway Patrol says that the sequence of events that led to a fiery crash on the afternoon of Jan. 3 began when a semi-tractor trailer driver made an unsafe maneuver. A records check reveals that the 59-year-old Palm Beach County man was ticketed several times between 2000 and 2014 by police in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana, as well as Florida, for violations including speeding, driving without proof of insurance, operating an unsafe vehicle and operating an overloaded vehicle.

The truck accident took place on Interstate 75 near Gainesville at approximately 3:40 p.m. According to a FHP report, the chain-reaction crash was caused by a northbound semi-tractor trailer veering into the path of a Honda sedan. Both vehicles then traveled through the central median into the path of southbound traffic. The tractor-trailer then struck the side of a van taking a group of children to Disney World.

Medication helps lower car crash risk for ADHD patients

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by inattention and impulsivity. These core symptoms can interfere with one's driving, which is why ADHD patients tend to run a high risk for car crashes. Florida motorists should know about a study published in JAMA Psychiatry back in 2017 that shows how ADHD medication can help lower that risk.

Data included the health insurance claims, spanning the years 2005 to 2014, of more than 2.3 million people aged 18 and older who were diagnosed with ADHD. More than 1.9 million had received at least one prescription for ADHD medication. Researchers compared the number of crash-related emergency room visits that occurred when drivers were medicated to the number when no prescription had been filled.

Why continued medical care after an accident is important

Car accidents affect people in different ways. The impact of your collision may not be immediately apparent and could show up days or weeks later, or the severity of your injuries may increase over time. You may not know until weeks later how your accident will truly affect your life.

Delayed symptoms are one of the many reasons why it is important to get continued care after a car accident. They could indicate that you have a serious condition or health concern that requires immediate medical attention. Seeking continued care can also ensure that you get the medical care you need and establish the documentation that could be necessary if you move forward with a civil claim in the future.

FMCSA reveals rise in dump and ready-mix concrete truck crashes

Florida residents have good reason to exercise caution whenever they drive around commercial trucks. The trucking industry continues to see rising accident numbers, which has been reinforced by a new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This report is unique in that it focuses on serious crashes involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks (serious refers to anything that requires the truck to be towed away).

The FMCSA found that in 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, there were 8,206 dump truck crashes requiring a tow-away and 838 similar crashes with concrete delivery trucks. This came to an increase of 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2015. Injury crashes rose 2.7 and 3.8 percent, again respectively. Fatal crashes declined in the case of dump trucks (from 369 to 367) but went up among concrete delivery trucks (33 to 38).

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