In Florida, bicycles are defined as vehicles, which means that bicyclists have all the responsibilities, rights, and privileges to use the roadways as motor vehicle drivers do.
In 2021, the roadways throughout Hillsborough County became more prone to serious and deadly traffic accidents. According to the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization, 255 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2021, making it the deadliest year ever on Hillsborough roadways.
Taking photos of an accident, even with your phone, can help paint a clearer picture of what occurred, how it occurred, and establish fault and liability for it.
Bikeshare and rental bike programs are increasingly becoming popular in various U.S. cities, and the city of Sarasota is no exception
Truck accidents can be frightening for the victims and other people who witness them.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover crashes.
Only about two percent of motor vehicle accident deaths are among bicyclists. However, Florida is unfortunately ranked number one when it comes to bicycle deaths from motor vehicle accidents across the nation.
According to Visit Florida, approximately 36 million people visited the state from January up to March 2022, a 14% increase over last year’s fourth quarter.
Individuals who are injured in a car accident face many losses and expenses. For example, they are responsible for paying ambulance and emergency room bills, and they experience pain and suffering.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident by an out-of-state driver, you must be ready to face certain challenges that are unique to crashes involving out-of-state motorists
Being involved in a car accident brings a lot of stress and worry to the victims and their family members. They often want to seek justice and fair compensation, but they aren’t sure how to do so, or they are afraid of ending up in court.
As of May 2022, there have been 2,348 motor vehicle crashes in Sarasota, and these crashed have resulted in 1,350 injuries and 17 deaths.
Most drivers who get into an accident in Florida carry at least the minimum amount of car insurance required by law.
Maybe someone backed into your vehicle in a parking lot, or you had what you thought was a simple fender bender at a stoplight.
The Tampa Bay Area is known as one of the most dangerous places in Florida for pedestrians and cyclists.
Yes. Any crash that occurred because a driver failed to regularly maintain their car or make necessary repairs to crucial components isn’t an accident but a choice.
On February 8, 2022, a bicyclist was killed after getting struck by a FedEx truck. The accident happened at 71st St. and 50th Ave. N. in Pinellas County.
Being involved in a truck crash can be overwhelming and leave you confused about what you should do next.
On December 27, 2021, a sedan struck two pedestrians on Palmer Blvd. near Raymond Road. An unidentified 17-year-old was driving the sedan.
When you have suffered injuries in an accident, like a slip and fall or auto accident, it’s crucial to seek medical attention right away.
Yes. You can sue a driver who was texting when they crashed into you. Texting while driving is among the most common causes of distracted driving accidents, and it is illegal in Florida.
While some car accidents can seem simple and straightforward, others can be more complicated.
More now than ever before, Florida drivers are using dashcams in their cars. Maybe you want the security and protection that one can offer if you are pulled over by the police or involved in an accident.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere—often when the victim is least expecting. Over 8.5 million people in the U.S. are hurt in falls every year, and another 35,000 die from fall-related injuries.
Motorcycles are symbolic of American freedom, adventure, and the open road to many who ride them.
The most recent report on large trucks by the NHTSA found that 5,005 people were killed in 2019, and approximately 159,000 people were injured in truck accident crashes nationwide. A whopping 71% of the people who lost their lives in these crashes were drivers and passengers of other motor vehicles.
The holiday season is the perfect time for friends and family to create unforgettable memories and experiences together. But during the holidays, Florida’s roadways can be among the busiest and most dangerous in the country. From November to December 2020, 1,052 motor vehicle accidents involving drunk and/or drugged driving occurred in Florida. Law enforcement officials also issued 5,442 tickets for DUI around that time.
Based on a report by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, of the 17.5 million drivers in the Sunshine State, authorities only issued 3,174 tickets for texting while driving in 2020. The texting while driving law took effect in 2019, enabling law enforcement officials to give tickets to drivers caught texting behind the wheel. But it’s fairly easy to find loopholes in this law.
In 2019, 846 bicyclists died in the U.S. based on the most recent NHTSA stats. Bicycle accidents and deaths are, unfortunately common, particularly in certain parts of the U.S., such as Florida, which is one of the most dangerous states for biking.
Florida law does not require automobile drivers to have bodily injury liability coverage.
If you are driving in Tampa or Sarasota, Florida you will encounter semi-trucks on highways and interstates.
Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami are just some of the cities on the list of 20 deadliest cities for pedestrians across America, according to the Dangerous by Design 2021 report by Smart Growth America.
Many people have conditions from previous injuries that they are living with. When you get into a car crash, it is entirely possible that the impact can worsen your preexisting condition, requiring additional medical care and presenting more challenges than you previously faced.
Bus accidents are common throughout the United States. Tour buses are a regular sight throughout Florida, carrying tourists and retirees interested in seeing different parts of the country.
Recently, four people needed to be airlifted to the hospital and several others transported by ambulance for severe injuries after a commercial truck driver failed to slow down and barreled into five different passenger cars on Interstate 75 in the Sarasota area.
With tens of millions of people expected to take to the road this Thanksgiving season, you must be extra vigilant when traveling or just driving around in your community.
Self-driving cars were once thought of as something coming in the future, but many of these vehicles have now been tested or operated regularly on our roads.
Accidents happen, and when they do, sometimes people get hurt. We see lots of advice on what to do if you are the driver involved in a car accident in Florida, but what do you do if you are an injured passenger.
You see it all the time. Bicyclists wear headphones to listen to music, podcasts, and fitness programs.
Bicycle use is increasing, and so are bicycle injuries. According to some sources, in 2020, Florida was the most dangerous state in the U.S. for cyclists, pedestrians, and others who roll. In 2020, there were 5,948 bicycle crashes, with 163 fatalities.
Boating accidents are a very common occurrence in Florida. In fact, according to the National Safe Boating Council, there were more than 679 boating accidents in Florida in 2019 that resulted in 55 deaths.
The use of hands-free headphones while driving has become a hot topic lately, with people on both sides of the debate.
After a motor vehicle collision, it’s fairly common standard procedure for both drivers to stop, exchange insurance and contact information, seek appropriate medical care, and mutually come to a fair settlement to reimburse motorists who were not at fault for any losses.
Florida is home to some fairly walkable and picturesque cities, like Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Orlando, and Miami. Unfortunately, this walkability can also be an extremely double-edged sword for both pedestrians and drivers who aren’t careful.
Florida is known for being the “Sunshine State,” its numerous beaches, and for being home to many amusement parks. It also happens to be home to nine of the 20 most dangerous cities for pedestrians, including Tampa. Perhaps one reason for this is that Florida towns typically have more pedestrians.
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