Car Accidents

Despite Obvious Danger, Many Drivers Still on Their Phones

At any given moment, thousands of Americans are distracted behind the wheel because of their phones. Whether these drivers are looking up information, texting, talking, or fiddling with a music app, their behavior endangers others on the road around them. We have embraced technology as part of our daily lives, but technology undermines highway safety when it distracts drivers. According to the National Safety Council, about 25 percent of all car accidents involve drivers who are texting or talking on their phones. And [...]

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Will a 75 mph Speed Limit in Florida Lead to More Accidents?

Florida may soon become the second East Coast state to allow motorists to drive as fast as 75 miles per hour. Legislation to increase the speed limit has been advancing through House and Senate committees with little opposition.  If approved, it would set a 75 mph maximum speed limit, but would give the state Department of Transportation the authority to determine what the speed limit should be on individual divided highways with at least four lanes. The most likely stretches of [...]

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What is Florida Doing to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents?

At any given moment, five percent of motorists in the U.S. are holding a cell phone to their ears. During daylight hours, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports, an estimated nine percent of motorists are using their phone, whether hand-held or hands-free. Distracted driving clearly is a serious problem. According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS), released earlier this year, a growing number of states restrict cell phone use by drivers. But this does not mean drivers are putting their phones down. [...]

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Can Technology Stop Drunk Driving?

It is clearly understood that drinking and driving and the drunk driving accidents that follow are a threat to innocent drivers and pedestrians in Florida and across the nation. This may be why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), a group of 17 car manufacturers, are turning to technology for the answer to America’s drunk driving problem. First, let’s examine the issue: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that, over a [...]

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What’s Happening with Takata Airbags?

The scandal surrounding defective air bags made by Takata Corp. in American cars may be headed for court as the Japanese manufacturer defies U.S. demands for a nationwide recall. In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) called for a recall of all U.S. automobiles with the potentially deadly air bags. However, Takata has so far only agreed to replace drivers’ side airbag inflators in about 8 million cars sold in high-humidity areas of the U.S. such as Florida and other Gulf Coast states. Takata [...]

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Is Florida Really the ‘Worst State’ for Car Crash Victims?

A recent study ranked Florida dead last – 51st among all the states plus Washington D.C. ­– in a ranking of how risky each state is “for drivers’ wallets” after they are involved in a car accident. The study by WalletHub weighed the percentage of underinsured drivers in each state along with auto liability insurance minimums and other auto insurance requirements to determine how the average driver might fare after being in a crash. According to WalletHub, Florida earned a “worst” ranking because an [...]

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Talk to Your Teens About Distracted Driving

A study published recently by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety underscores the need for parents to talk with their teens about the dangers of distracted driving. As the study notes, 963,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in auto accidents in 2013, with 383,000 teens suffering injuries and 2,865 losing their lives. Based on the results of the AAA study, which was conducted by University of Iowa researchers, distracted driving may have played a role in many of those [...]

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Is Your Vehicle Involved in the Takata Air bag Recall?

The automotive defects recall of Takata air bags has expanded once again. If your vehicle was not among the models affected before, you need to check into this issue again. In the last several days, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru added 715,000 cars and trucks to what was already the largest auto safety recall in history. According to the New York Times, that number could continue to grow. This is because the Mazda and Subaru recalls, to date, only cover models sold in Japan. A [...]

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How Bad Is Driving in Orlando?

If you have been stuck in Orlando traffic, crept along during “rush” hour or been involved in a car accident or near-accident, you have probably complained about the “terrible driving” in Orlando. But is it really that bad? Well, in relation to the 99 other cities ranked among 2015’s Best & Worst Cities to Be a Driver by WalletHub, Orlando actually is better than most. Orlando ranks No. 38 on the WalletHub list, placing it behind only Tampa (No. 33) among Florida cities. Four other [...]

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Distractions are Driving the Rise in Deadly Florida Car Accidents

Based on car accident statistics from the first six months of 2015, Florida and the rest of the country could be on pace for the “deadliest driving year since 2007,” according to the National Safety Council. As a law firm that investigates car accidents for clients in Orlando, Winter Park and throughout Florida, we are not surprised. We believe a key contributor to the increase is driver distraction. Florida’s Traffic Fatality Increase Is Among Nation’s Highest The NSC reports that 18,630 traffic deaths occurred between January and [...]

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