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Tampa man survives one of the town's bicycle accidents

On what he described as a typical Tampa morning, one man was struck while riding his bike to work. Bicycle accidents are a significant concern in communities throughout Florida. About 10 miles into his daily commute, a vehicle operated by a drunk driver struck the cyclist at about 6:45 a.m. Reportedly, the driver had a blood alcohol content over three times the legal limit. At the time of the crash, the bicycle had both bright and flashing headlights operating, as well as lights on the back of the bike and on the handlebars.

Florida man latest victim of fatal pedestrian accidents

While traveling by automobile is much faster and more convenient most of the time, there are many reasons why a Tampa resident may choose to walk. However, though many may elect to do so for exercise, walking anywhere near traffic always carries the attendant risk of becoming a victim of the countless pedestrian accidents that occur every year throughout the state. Recently, this type of collision claimed the life of another victim.

Driverless cars are coming, and safety remains a priority

Driverless cars are a hot topic of conversation, and safety experts continue to express grave concerns over safety issues. People wonder if it is possible for a car without a person inside to safely drive itself, and with several companies vying for supremacy in this area, the answer to this question is more important than ever before.

New technology will keep you from nodding off behind the wheel

While the nation is rightfully concerned about texting drivers, distracted drivers and incompetent drivers, falling asleep at the wheel can happen to even the best of us. According to the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) traffic accident statistics, an estimated one out of every 25 drivers report falling asleep at the wheel in a given month. Fortunately, rumble strips and honking horns wake up most drivers who have nodded off before a serious accident occurs, but each year thousands of accidents happen across Florida and the nation because of driver fatigue.

Car accidents: Woman charged in hit and run that killed 3

Three people were killed after a woman allegedly drove drunk last week. Labelled as one of Florida's deadliest hit and run car accidents, one child and three adults were killed in the Tampa crash. A 29-year-old woman was charged in the crash.

Pedestrian accidents: Man killed by Jacksonville police

A man who was recently struck and killed by a police cruiser was initially thought to be homeless and suicidal. This conclusion, which later proved to be false, was made after the Jacksonville chief of investigations gave a witness account, suggesting that this information was true. At the time of the report, apparently no one had talked to the man's roommates to get a clearer view of the person who died in one of the town's worst pedestrian accidents

Leading cause of car accidents in Florida heat

Although we typically associate car accidents with bad weather, hot, sunny summer days can actually be the most dangerous for drivers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the month of August had 3,037 accidents in 2014, the second highest total for the year. June and July were not much better, each with more than 2,800 accidents nationwide.

Distracted, aggressive, drunk and just plain bad drivers

Look through the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper on any given day and you are likely to find several stories about the pain and misery caused by negligent drivers on roads throughout Central Florida every day. It probably doesn't come as a surprise to learn that in a typical year, ranks among the three or four states* for recorded motor vehicle crash fatalities.

Is it time to take away that old guy's driver's license?

Throughout Florida, we hear the common cry every time a senior citizen causes a car accident, "Can't we take away their driver's license?!" According to WorldAtlas, Florida currently leads the nation with 2.7 million drivers over the age of 65; roughly 19 percent of all drivers on the roads. Despite special rules the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has put in place for seniors to retain their driver's licenses, we still lead the nation in the number of fatal car accidents involving older drivers.

When car insurance companies offer lowball settlements

After a car accident, the last thing you want to do is deal with the insurance company. Most likely, you just want to get your claim settled as fast as possible so you can return to normal life. You also may be facing financial pressures related to accident injuries or damage to your vehicle.

Pedestrian accidents: Woman's leg amputated after ATM mishap

A woman and her adult son were visiting an ATM when they were suddenly pinned by a car. The incident took place in a beach town some distance away from Miami, but these types of pedestrian accidents can occur anywhere. The crash was so horrific that the ATM surveillance video had to be edited before it could be released to the public.

Drivers often think their skills are better than they are

How do you feel about your own driving skills? If you immediately thought "I'm a great driver!", it might be time for a reevaluation. A recent article in USA Today reported that there have been a number of surveys asking that same question of drivers across the nation and the results are very interesting. Most people truly believe that they are good drivers - even when they're not.

Why are automakers so slow to repair airbags?

Replacing defective Takata airbag inflators has been deemed "Priority One" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and for good reason. The defective inflators have a high risk of rupturing in an accident, shooting shrapnel at vehicle occupants. At least 18 fatalities have been reported so far, including a recent death of a 34-year-old woman in Florida. Given the priority level, why have automakers been slow to comply with the recall?

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