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July 2017 Archives

Tornado Research in West Central Florida

Should West Central Florida residents expect to see tornadoes this summer as a result of strong thunderstorms and hurricanes? While we do not receive the same type of advance warning for tornadoes that we usually do for hurricanes, it is still possible to take steps to ensure that your home can withstand, as much as possible, the strong winds of a damaging tornado. And if we were to gain a better understanding of when tornadoes are likely to strike and the type of damage they might create, Florida homeowners could be even better prepared. That is one of the aims of Vortex SE, a project with $5 million in research backing that is designed to provide insight into "how environmental factors characteristic of the southeastern United States affect the formation, intensity, structure, and path of tornadoes in this region."

5 most common causes of car accidents in Florida

Driving is an incredibly risky endeavor in Florida and that's no exaggeration. In this year alone, our state has seen 194,836 crashes, according to the most recent data available from Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System. Of those crashes, 81,641 resulted in injuries and 1,467 were fatal collisions. And as of July 17, the total number of crashes in July alone was nearly 7,600.

How Technology Can Prevent Teen Auto Accidents

For parents in the Tampa Bay area, it can be unnerving to know that your child is nearing the age of driver's license eligibility. Teen car accidents happen much more often than they should, frequently as a result of the teenager's inexperience behind the wheel, as well as the teen's engagement with poor driving behaviors such as texting while driving. According to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicated that "new teen drivers ages 16-17 year old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash." During the summer months, teens are at a particularly high risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle collision. AAA describes these months as the "100 Deadliest Days," when teens are out of school, are driving much more frequently, and are placing themselves at risk of an auto accident.

Massive sinkhole causes major problems for Florida homeowners

There are several families in Land O' Lakes this week who are counting their blessings and are thankful to be alive after a 50 foot deep sinkhole opened up in their neighborhood. At present, two homes are reported to have been destroyed with other nearby homes likely to have suffered structural damage.

How Can I Know if My Car Was Recalled?

When we buy products in Tampa Bay, we expect them to work properly. This is especially true when we purchase a new or used vehicle. In these situations, we should be able to anticipate that the car does not have a safety defect that could cause serious or even fatal injuries. However, product recalls are issued with some frequency, and consumers in the Tampa Bay area often are impacted by both local and nationwide recalls. Given the seriousness of an automobile recall, it is important for Floridians to learn more about these recalls and how they can stay ahead of the game. If your car is subject to a safety recall, you should be able to find out as soon as possible so that you can avoid driving until the problem has been repaired.

Storm damage: Making sure your home is covered

If you're dreading the next few months of hurricane season, you're not alone. Hurricane Matthew last year was a wake-up call for a lot of Floridians. For years we went without a powerful hurricane in our state, which lulled a lot of home owners into a false sense of security. Some home owners neglected their insurance policies as a result, which had ruinous financial consequences for some after the storm passed.

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