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Young child and woman killed in hit-and-run accident

People in Florida are bound to make a mistake from time to time. Not all of these mistakes are consequential, but some can have major ramifications for the person who made the mistake and others are affected by it.

One type of mistake that can affect others is a car accident. When people make mistakes, such as not paying attention to the road, speeding, running red lights or stop signs and many other types of mistakes, the other drivers involved can suffer life-changing injuries or even be killed.

Been in a car accident? Watch for signs of brain injury.

Summer means more time in the car for Floridians and the thousands of tourists who flock to join them. Unfortunately, car accidents also spike in summer, and injury rates go right up with them. Some injuries are obvious, but others are more difficult to detect. Traumatic brain injuries in particular can have long-lasting harmful effects if not treated quickly. If you’re ever involved in a car accident, knowing what traumatic brain injuries are and how to look for them could make all the difference.

National Safe Boating Week highlights safe boating practices

As the number of boats on the water in Florida increases, so does the potential for boating accidents. People are usually out on boats in order to have a good time with family and friends. Therefore, there are many instances when safety is probably not on the forefront of their minds. These lapses in judgment can lead to boat accidents and serious injuries for those involved.

To help stop some of these accidents, Florida recently celebrated National Safe Boating Week in order to try to educate boaters on safe boating practices. Officials first are emphasizing the importance of having the proper lookouts. This usually means simply seeing where one is going and knowing what is going on around them. There is also certain safety equipment that boats should have, such as marine radios, life jackets, distress signals and sound producing devises such as a horn. Finally, they encourage boaters to not drink and boat, which leads to many accidents.

Truck drivers are prohibited from consuming alcohol while on duty

There are many trucks on the roads in Florida. These tractor-trailers are a vital part of moving products across the state and the country and therefore are a vital part of commerce. They also provide jobs for many truck drivers. While there are many good things that these trucks do, they can also be very dangerous if driven improperly. They are much larger than most other vehicles on the roads and truck accidents can be very devastating for those involved.

To help ensure that these accidents do not occur, there are many safety regulations that truck drivers and truck companies must follow. These include regulations to ensure that the trucks are in good working order and that the drivers are able to keep focus on driving safely. One of the regulations that is focused on ensuring that the truck drivers are driving safely is the strict rules on alcohol consumption.

Speeding contributes to many car accidents

There are many different traffic regulations in Florida. Many of these regulations are violated every day. These could include failing to signal a turn, not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, failing to yield, speeding and others. Speeding in particular is something some drivers do almost every time they drive. There are many reasons why people speed. This could be that they are late for something, are frustrated in traffic or simply because they like to drive fast. However, no matter what the reason is for speeding, it can be dangerous and leads to many car accidents.

When drivers are speeding they have less control over their vehicles. It reduces their reaction time since they could run into an unforeseen circumstance much faster and have less time to avoid it. Also, safety equipment, such as seatbelts and airbags, are less effective when a vehicle is travelling at faster speeds. Speeding also increases the damages in car accidents, since higher speeds generally leads to more damage. Due to these risk factors, in 2016 speeding was the cause of 27 percent of all fatal accidents in the U.S., totaling 10,111 deaths.

Determining liability when someone is injured on a cruise ship

Many people come to Florida each year to board cruise ships. These can be very fun and exciting vacations for people as they travel around the Caribbean and other areas. When people are on these ships, their focus tends to be on relaxing and having fun, not on the potential maritime accidents that can occur while on the cruise ship. However, accidents do occur and passengers are injured as a result.

These injuries can be very costly as well, but the cruise ship owner is not automatically liable simply because the accident occurred on the ship. In order for the cruise ship to be liable, the ship's operator must have been negligent. This means that they had to either know or should have known about the dangerous condition that led to the accident in order to be liable. This includes if the employees on the boat were negligent and caused the accident.

Pedestrian killed while checking on accident victims

Many people die in fatal accidents. These are particularly difficult for the family and friends of the victim because they have no time to prepare and are left trying to fill the void left behind by the loved one.

Unfortunately, this recently occurred to a woman who happened to be walking by when a car accident occurred. One car rear-ended another one, which forced that car into the one ahead of it. The woman decided to go over and check on the people involved in the accident. The man who caused the accident had also gotten out of his car to check on them as well. Both the woman and the man were struck by another car going in the opposite direction. That driver did not see either one of them. The woman died as a result and the man was brought to the hospital in critical condition.

It’s jet ski season: stay safe, know the law

It’s not even summer yet but watercraft season is already in full swing. If you head to just about any body of water in Florida, odds are you’ll see it packed with people enjoying the high-speed thrills that come with riding personal watercrafts.

Personal watercrafts (PWC) – like the Kawasaki Jet Ski and the Yamaha WaveRunner – are definitely exciting, but they can also be very dangerous. This was the case when tragedy struck near the Courtney Campbell Causeway in early May. According to ABC Action News, Alberto Portales Fernandez was recklessly driving his jet ski when he collided with another jet ski driver, Helen Gore.

Coping with the aftermath of traumatic brain injury

When people in Florida get in their vehicles to go places, they generally think that they will get to where they are going. They may be anxious about getting to their destination on time, but they generally are not thinking about the fact that they could end up in a car accident. Most people are aware that there is a chance that it could happen, but they do not prepare for it. Unfortunately, car accidents do occur every day and people's lives can be changed dramatically.

People can suffer many different types of injuries in car accidents. Some just involve bruises or scrapes, but other times people may break bones, suffer internal injuries or traumatic brain injuries. In fact, over half of all traumatic brain injuries occur in car accidents. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a person strikes their head on hard objects, such as the windshield. They can also occur simply from the whiplash when the vehicle suddenly stops and the brain is thrust into the skull.

There are many boating accidents in Florida each year

In order to ensure everyone's safety, it is important that boaters obey the rules and watch out for the other boats on the water. But, as people are aware, not every boater does this and as a result there are boating accidents. Unfortunately, many people are injured in these boating accidents as well.

In 2016, there were a total of 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida and, as a result, 421 people were injured and 67 were killed. These accidents also resulted in $10,052,495 in property damage. The most accidents occurred in the months of May, June and July, which are just around the corner, during the hours of noon and 6:00 pm. The main causes of these accidents were excessive speed, inexperienced drivers and the most common was inattention or not having a proper look-out.

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