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Blind Spots: A Common Cause of Accidents and How to Avoid Them

motorcycle accident in clearwater floridaBlind spots are much more common than you might think. Even if you don’t have many blind spots because you are driving a sedan or other small passenger vehicle, it is important to recognize that other drivers in different types of vehicles do have blind spots. Minivans, cargo vans, trucks, sport utility vehicles, and semi-trucks all have blind spots that keep them from seeing traffic around them. Here’s what you need to know about blind spots and how to avoid accidents.

Knowing Your Blind Spots

It is important to know the blind spots on your own vehicle. Sit in your vehicle and adjust your mirrors for the best view around your vehicle. When driving, be aware of what you can and can’t see in your mirrors and as you turn in your seat to look over your shoulder before turning or changing lanes. If you are aware of your blind spots, you can adjust your driving habits to ensure that they do not cause you to create an accident. Read More

How Road Rage Causes Accidents and How to Protect Yourself

We’ve all heard of road rage. But if you have never experienced it for yourself, you really don’t know how scary it can be or the damage that it can lead to. It is estimated that road rage is responsible for about 33 percent of the accidents caused by human error. Here’s what you need to know about road rage and how to protect yourself.

What Road Rage Looks Like

Road rage isn’t just about someone getting out of their car with a baseball bat like in an episode of Shameless. Road rage can look like weaving in and out of traffic, riding the bumper of the car directly in front of the driver, or honking incessantly instead of paying attention to traffic. Road rage can take on many forms, but it is characteristically aggressive driving that does not take into consideration the safety of themselves or those around them. Read More

First Steps to Take After a Bus Accident

bus accident lawyers tampaBeing in a bus accident is no laughing matter. Bus accidents can happen at any time from faulty equipment, untrained drivers, or the negligence of other drivers on the road. It is important that you take the appropriate steps after a bus accident so your injuries are compensated fairly.

At the Scene

At the scene of the bus accident, your first priority is to seek medical treatment says Sarasota auto accident lawyer Peter Catania. Make sure your safety and health are safeguarded. Once that has been attended to, talk to the other passengers or witnesses. Gather as much evidence at the scene as possible, including names and contact information for witnesses and the driver’s information, as well as the information for any other parties to the accident. Take pictures of your injuries and any damages. Read More

How Many Drowsy Driving Accidents are There Each Year and Who’s at Risk?

Hectic schedules, intense work days, and a stressful home life can all get in the way of getting a full night’s rest. With 6,400 people losing their lives in fatigue-related car accidents each year, drowsy driving needs to be addressed. Drowsy driving takes a heavy societal cost with certain groups at higher risk. You can take action to protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming involved in a preventable accident.

Heavy Cost

The 328,000 fatigue-related accidents each year not only take a high personal cost on those involved but a big societal cost as well. Medical and insurance costs are the expenses we think of most frequently, but administrative, first responders, and lost wages can push the yearly societal expense well over $109 billion.

These types of accidents often cause neck, back, or head injuries that leave victims incapacitated for an extended period of time. Some may never return to regular employment or need long-term medical care. That’s a heavy price for too many have to pay.

Who’s at Risk?

Anyone can end up driving while drowsy, but there are some groups more at risk than others. If you find yourself in one of these groups, we’ve included some suggestions on how to get better rest.

  •         Commercial Vehicle Drivers: Commercial drivers put in long hours with few breaks. While there are regulations in place to try to prevent drowsy driving, many of these drivers put in a 70-hour work week, which pushes them past their physical limits. Tight deadlines and pay per mile work causes many drivers and sometimes their companies to ignore regulations.
  •         Business Travelers: The jet lag that comes from changing time zones leaves many business travelers behind on their sleep. Early morning and late night flights, in particular, put these travelers at risk for accidents. It’s better to call a cab or take a shuttle than risk getting behind the wheel when you’re too tired to drive.
  •         Swing Shift Workers: Swing shift workers find themselves fighting their own circadian rhythms. After a full shift, these workers feel the pull of not only a long work day but a body that’s been trying to fall asleep for hours.
  •         Teenagers: While teens are better able to resist fatigue than adults for a time, once they do hit their limit, they fall asleep faster than adults. Inexperience behind the wheel and their growing bodies put them at high risk for drowsy driving.

Make a Change for Better Sleep and Driving

Adults need a full seven to eight hours of sleep while teens need as much as nine. To counteract stress and work schedules, sometimes you have to make a big effort to get a good night’s rest.

  •         Start Out Right: Create the right conditions in your bedroom. Dim the lights, quiet any sound, and make sure you have a supportive mattress that caters to your preferred sleep position. Keep your room at a cool 60-68 degrees for optimum sleep conditions.
  •         Give Yourself Time for the Right Amount of Sleep: Not only should you go to bed at the same time every day, but you should also make sure to plan for a full seven hours of sleep. Try to get up at the same time, even on weekends, to keep your body in sync.
  •         Eat Smart: Avoid stimulants at least four hours before bedtime. A light, healthy dinner eaten a few hours before bed will help you fall asleep faster. If you need a snack to tide you over until morning, consider sleep-inducing foods like dairy or bananas, which promote melatonin production.

 

Why Did Florida State Fail to Repeal PIP?

Since the 1970s, the Florida government has required a unique type of car insurance called Personal Injury Protection, or PIP.  This no-fault insurance requires every car owner to carry a minimum of $10,000 in coverage. If an accident occurs, drivers can be automatically compensated for their medical expenses, lost wages during medical care, and property damage without fighting with their insurance company over fault. Read More

NASCAR Fan Victorious in Liability Lawsuit Against Daytona Speedway

It’s no secret that NASCAR racing is a dangerous sport. The racing legend Dale Earnhardt was killed in 2001 during the Daytona 500, and many other drivers have been severely injured when their cars erupted into flames or crashed head-on into the unforgiving walls of the racetrack. But there is also an element of safety to consider for the spectators who pay money to watch NASCAR in action. They don’t have helmets or flame-retardant suits like the drivers, yet many of them are allowed to sit very close to the racetrack and they trust the architects of the stadium to keep them out of harm’s way. Read More

The New Red Light Camera Controversy

traffic light with cameraRed-light cameras have become more prominent over the last ten years as lawmakers and law enforcement officers try to find the most efficient way to identify and pursue drivers who make risky decisions behind the wheel. While the initiative was meant to decrease accidents and save lives, a recent report from Florida’s state highway officials has placed red-light cameras into controversy. Read More

3 Reasons Tractor Trailer Accidents Require Specialized Legal Help

3 Reasons Tractor Trailer Accidents Require Specialized Legal Help

tractor-trailer-accidentIt’s impossible to drive on a highway without passing at least a few dozen big trucks in the process. For better or worse, tractor trailers are the bedrock of our economy because they transport the majority of items that we are eager to buy at the store, like food, clothes, and household goods. But despite this important role in supply and demand, tractor trailers pose a major danger to other cars on the road and are all too frequently involved in tragic accidents. Due to the rules and regulations that govern truckers and their vehicles, tractor trailer accidents cannot be handled like normal car crashes and often require a lawyer to properly seek the deserved compensation. Read More

Drones May Have a Future in Managing Florida Auto Accidents

Drones May Have a Future in Managing Florida Auto Accidents

Driving comes with inherent risks, and widespread exhaustion and distracted driving has recently made those risks more pronounced. This is especially true in Florida, where four of the top 50 deadliest roads in the country are located. Interstate 10, US 98, US 90, and US 29 have some of the highest fatal accidents per 100 miles. The Florida Department of Transportation is working to reduce these fatalities. FDOT Jim Boxold explained, “Our collective vision of a fatality-free transportation system will continue to require a united emphasis on traffic safety, using all of the tools we each have in our toolboxes.” Read More

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