Brannon & Brannon - Fort Walton Beach personal injury attorney
Call For A Free Consultation With Local Attorneys

Careless Driving In Florida

Various news outlets report that an elderly woman is in critical condition after a logging truck hit the ambulance she was a patient in. The accident occurred last week on U.S. Highway 98 near Gulf Arie Dr. in Gulf County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the truck was driving east on Hwy 98 while the ambulance was headed west, when the logtruck lost control of the vehicle causing it to jackknife and smash into the ambulance. The ambulance had EMS personnel and one patient on board. The patient was taken to Gulf Coast Emergency Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver of the logging truck is facing a careless driving charge.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the female who was injured in this horrible accident.

Florida Statute §316.1925 defines careless driving. It is when any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.

A couple years ago, an insurance rating website pulled statistics from NHTSA to figure out which state was the worse state for driving and Florida ranked as #6. Carinsurancecomparison.com produced the report after pulling statistics from pulled statistics from sources such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Each state gets a rank in five categories:
— Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
— Failure to Obey (Traffic Signals + Seat Belts)
— Drunk Driving
— Tickets
— Careless Driving

So why did Florida rank so low? The state ranked:
— 51st for careless driving.
— 48th for tickets
— 38th for failure to obey (traffic signals and seat belts)
— 33rd for fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
— 18th for drunk driving

I am not sure much has changed in the three years since this report has come out.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of careless driving, contact us at Brannon and Brannon for a free consultation (850)659-2252 or reach us through our website: www.brannoncanhelp.com

Source: http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Logging-truck-driver-charged-with-careless-driving-after-crashing-into-ambulence-377233571.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/the-list/os-florida-bad-drivers-20131216-post.html

Categories

Archives

FindLaw Network
atto image

Father And Son Team Working Together To Serve Our Clients

Our legal team consists of attorney Wm. Dennis Brannon and his son C. Paul Brannon. We work together as a father and son team to provide our clients with exceptional service and solutions in motor vehicle accident claims and other personal injury matters.
Contact Us Today
atto image
AV Preeminent | Judical Edition
Judical Edition| AV Preeminent 2018| Wm. Dennis Brannon| Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards Reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary
Wm. Dennis Brannon | Highest Possible Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
avvo

We Handle Cases on a Contingency Fee Basis
Tell Us About Your Case - Free Consultations