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Fatal Florida bicycle accidents can occur at any time or place

Across Florida, bicycles are a popular mode of transportation for young and old alike. The warm climate and the layout of many city streets are inviting to riders no matter the time of day. Unfortunately, serious bicycle accidents can occur without warning no matter how familiar one may be with a particular neighborhood.

A young rider was reportedly headed back home shortly before 11 p.m. on a recent Saturday. As he was proceeding along a local road, a man driving a pickup truck approached an adjacent stop sign. After the 32-year-old driver arrived at the sign, he proceeded to made a left turn onto the road where the 13-year-old was riding his bike. The truck then hit the bicycle and the driver continued on his way without stopping to investigate what he may have struck.

Traffic accidents in Florida are all too common

Carelessness and negligence are at the heart of most traffic accidents. In a typical year, about 374,000 accidents occur across the state, according to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. It may be no surprise to you that drunk driving is one of the leading causes of accidents, especially fatal ones, in Florida and across the country. It doesn't take much alcohol to impair the judgement and reaction time of another driver, and you may have found yourself unable to avoid a collision.

 

Get ready to share Florida's roads with drivers escaping winter

While other states deal with colder temperatures and winter precipitation, snowbirds take up residence throughout the state, and many others come to visit for a much-needed respite from frigid temperatures and inclement weather.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the influx of visitors peaks during the holiday travel season (between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2), but you shouldn't expect traffic to really return to normal for months after that. The Orlando area is always a popular destination for tourists regardless of the time of year, even during the "off season." Whether you will travel there or will deal with travelers as a resident, prepare to share the roadways around the city with thousands of additional drivers who may not know the streets and highways well. This could mean a lot of slowing and stopping as people try to make their way to their destinations.

Does giving tickets for not wearing seat belts save lives?

You have probably heard about motor vehicle accidents in which the driver or a passenger flew out of the vehicle or bounced around inside of it during the impact and either died or suffered severe injuries. The police and the media are quick to point out that if that person had been wearing a seat belt, he or she might have walked away unscathed.

The fact that there is truth in that statement often makes the courts consider seat belt use when determining liability in auto accidents. After all, the research shows that your seat belt can save your life. Yes, wearing your seat belt is important, and it could very well save your life, but that does not mean that you bear all of the responsibility for your injuries if you are the victim of an accident.

Bovines cause car accidents that killed Florida man

There are likely many obstacles and hazards that Florida drivers are always on the lookout for while traveling throughout the state. Unfortunately not every scenario can be planned for and avoided if it appears without expectation, which could result in serious car accidents. Recently, several drivers came upon an unexpected hazard in the form of escaped bovines.

According to the report, three drivers were caught unawares when three cows somehow escaped the fenced field where they were previously confined. One motorist, a 51-year-old man from Miami, was traveling in the westbound side of the local road. As he came upon the large animals, he apparently was unable to avoid colliding with one. At about the same time, a 61-year-old man was headed east on the same road. This driver also was unable to take evasive measures to avoid hitting a cow.

Car accidents: 1 dead in Florida

Police have confirmed that one person is dead and two others are injured following a crash on Highway 90. Florida Highway Patrol, which responds to car accidents on the state's highway system, were on the scene of this accident the evening of Nov. 6. Charges are not expected to be filed as the individual believed responsible for the crash perished. 

According to the police report, a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old man was headed westbound on Highway 90 when, for reasons that are currently unknown, his vehicle veered into the eastbound lanes at an apparently extreme angle. As a result, his vehicle was T-boned on the front driver's side by an approaching car. The force of the impact killed the driver of the westbound vehicle. 

Red-light cameras put a stop to intersection accidents

Have you ever received an envelope in the mail from the Miami Red-Light Camera Enforcement & Intersection Safety Program? If so, you probably found inside a notice of violation and a snapshot of your car from various angles, including a closeup of your car's rear license plate, as you crossed an intersection on a red light. The notice informed you of the details of the infraction and the fine you owed, which was not cheap.

Nevertheless, you likely remembered the moment when you saw the light turn red and hurried through the intersection anyway. It was a bad decision, and you knew it. Just by luck, no one else was trying to get through the intersection at the same time. You may not always be so lucky, and many cities are using red-light cameras to change these dangerous behaviors.

The season is changing and the deer are on the move

Fall is quickly turning into winter, and the holidays are coming faster than you may like. One thing that often comes along with this change in temperature is the appearance of more deer.

Waking up in the morning and seeing a deer wandering through your backyard might bring a smile to your face. However, seeing one wandering on the roadway while you drive is quite another set of emotions, indeed. You may be wondering what you can do to avoid a run-in with one of these animals and avoid an accident that could result in injuries to you, your passengers (if any) and others on the road, along with the deer.

When dirt bike 'flash mobs' appear on the roadways

The words "flash mob" may bring up videos on YouTube of a group of people suddenly breaking out in song at a local mall. Those videos often make people smile, and you may be one of them. However, a much more dangerous type of flash mob appears to be gaining popularity on the roadways, and you will more than likely not be pleased to see one.

Groups of dirt bike riders wreak havoc on public roadways across the country. Make no mistake; people have suffered injuries at the hands of these mobs. Police attempt to identify and capture the members of the mobs, but they tend to scatter easily when police arrive. These are not your traditional motorcycle gangs, and you need to exercise caution if you see one on a Florida roadway.

Crossing the street shouldn’t mean walking into danger

Pedestrians face certain risks due to careless and inattentive drivers, and statistics indicate that the risk of injury could be increasing. According to a study released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, last year was the deadliest year for pedestrians since 1996. In fact, even seemingly safe actions, such as crossing the street at a marked pedestrian walkway, could be more dangerous than before.

A study of accident numbers indicates an increase in the number of pedestrian-related accidents over the last decade. Between 2006 and 2015, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased approximately 12 percent. Of all traffic accident fatalities, pedestrian fatalities comprise 15 percent of that total number.

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