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October 2017 Archives

Drowsy driving a health hazard in Florida and across U.S.

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have stated that over 9.5 million Americans work a night shift or rotational shift. Moreover, 28 percent of these admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous year. Drowsy driving, which is considered a public health hazard, may be more linked to shift work than some people realize.

Data regarding fatalities caused by smartphones insufficient

Some Florida drivers may be aware that, after decades of declining rates of car accident fatalities, the numbers have suddenly surged within the last few years. In fact, in 2016, more than 100 people died every day as a result of a car accident. Although regulators do not have any ideas as to why car accident deaths are on the rise once again, there are signs that it could be due to smartphone use.

Car crash deaths at a 9-year high in U.S.

Florida motorists may have heard that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in 2016, a total of 37,461 people died in car crashes around the country, a high not seen since 2007, when 41,259 people died. There was a 4 percent increase in deaths caused by speeding and a 4.6 percent increase in deaths due to not buckling up, though a growing culprit, distracted driving, was actually responsible for 2.2 percent fewer deaths than the previous year.

Put down the burger: The dangers of eating while driving

Florida readers know that distracted driving is a major threat to the safety and well-being of every individual on the roads. Drivers and passengers are not the only people who face the dangers involved with this type of negligent behavior; pedestrians and cyclists are also at risk. Although people often associate distraction with cell phones, there are other very dangerous types of distracted driving.

New technologies may be making vehicles more dangerous

A study sponsored by the American Automobile Association indicates that people who are shopping for cars want the latest technology, and that the technology may actually make driving more dangerous. Drivers in Florida and across the country want their vehicles to come equipped with features for hands-free calling and texting, and they want the latest in fancy dashboards. With backing from AAA, researchers from the University of Utah found that, of 30 systems examined in 2017 model cars, none required only a low level of demand on the part of drivers.

Could dram shop liability play a role in your case?

Drunk driving is both inexcusable and irresponsible, and innocent people are often the ones who suffer because of this type of behavior. If you suffered harm because of a drunk driver, you have the right to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as your accident-related financial losses. 

How to safely share the road with large trucks

Florida motorists may not relish the thought of driving next to a large truck. However, there are ways that they can safely share the road with them. For instance, drivers should resist the urge to speed up and get in front of a truck if it starts to drift into their lane. In most cases, the truck won't be able to slow down in time to avoid an accident.

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