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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.

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.

Teens are hard-wired to be riskier drivers

While most people are not surprised by the concept that teens engage in risky behaviors, they might not be aware of the scientific research that backs up this claim. According to a recent study, teens in countries across the world showed risky behavior that peaked until they reached the age of 23 or 24. Unfortunately, this behavior includes teens driving more recklessly than their older counterparts, speeding, and letting themselves get more easily distracted.

Avoiding Car Accidents this Winter

Whether your family is staying in the Tampa Bay area or traveling out of town, it is important to learn more about safety tips for driving in Florida in the winter, as well as for avoiding car accidents if you are heading farther north into regions where you may encounter ice, snow, or other inclement weather conditions. Keep in mind that car accident prevention extends beyond avoiding hazardous atmospheric conditions. It also means being cognizant of the annual influx of drivers during the winter months, as well as an increase in drowsy drivers who have been on the road for too long. Do not forget that you should also take steps to avoid aggressive driving and drowsy driving yourself.

I was injured in a crash, what can I do about compensation?

You've been injured in a crash that was the direct result of someone else's negligence - it's understandable that you want to hold that person accountable for their actions. But do you know how to file a claim for compensation? Do you know what types of damages you're entitled to and how much those damages will cover? Do you even know who you can hold liable for your injuries?

Five reasons semi trucks pose a threat to motorcyclists

No matter where you travel in the state of Florida, you're bound to see a semi truck hauling its trailer either somewhere in state or out of state. But while these road giants only make up approximately 12.5 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States, says Truckinginfo.net, the fact that there are more than 15 million in service on our roadways means we have a good chance of running into one -- quite literally in fact.

Protecting Yourself from Wrong-Way Car Accidents

Has the recent rise in wrong-way crashes in the Tampa Bay area become a problem that will not soon go away? Last spring, a Hillsborough Sheriff's deputy suffered fatal injuries in a wrong-way collision on the Selmon Expressway, according to a report from WMNF 88.5, the Tampa area's listener-supported community radio station. In response to previous wrong-way crashes that have occurred in the area, "Wrong-Way Driver Alert" signs began appearing overhead on I-275, warning drivers in the St. Petersburg area of the serious risks of these dangerous car accidents.

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If you were injured in a car accident, you may have more immediate concerns, such as medical bills and lost wages. Some of those costs may be covered by your own insurance, but justice also requires the negligent driver to be held accountable.

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