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Could connected vehicle technology make Tampa roads safer?

If you’re a driver in Tampa, then you know how dangerous the roads can be. With increasing congestion, erratic motorists and nearly constant speeding, it’s no wonder that the Tampa area consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous metros in the country for motorists.

To combat this public safety threat, the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) has just started a pilot program with so-called “connected vehicles” to see if wireless technology can make our roads safer places to drive.

Avoiding Personal Injuries in Tampa Bay this Holiday Season

Whether you are planning a family dinner for Christmas or Hanukkah, or throwing a party for New Year's, it is important to think about personal injury risks and to consider ways to keep yourself, as well as your friends and family, safe this holiday season. Personal injuries can happen without warning, but many are preventable if we think about safety issues ahead of time. What do you need to know about safety tips and personal injury prevention in Tampa Bay?

We have compiled some important safety tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the American Red Cross for you to think through as you plan your holiday festivities.

Settling after a car accident: what to expect

Florida's vast coastline and numerous inland attractions can mean spending a lot of time in the car traveling around the state. However, Florida ranks highly on the list of states with serious and even fatal car accidents, so it is beneficial to know how to handle the aftermath of an accident. 

Being an auto accident victim is stressful, and often there is a long road to recovery. Unfortunately, an extensive insurance claim and the settlement and/or litigation process can feel equally as stressful and long. Knowing what to expect during the process, and the right attorney to guide you down that path, can lessen the stress and time your settlement takes.

Considerations after being injured in a truck accident

We see them every single day: large trucks. And while they are part of life for most motorists, an element of danger rides along with truck drivers. Whether due to truck driver exhaustion, stress or other extenuating factor, major truck accidents happen every day and are often devastating. When an individual is injured in a truck accident, he or she is usually due compensation. Determining how much compensation is a complicated process.

The limitations of advanced automotive safety technology

Automotive technology continues to rapidly improve. As built-in functionalities such as navigation and entertainment systems advance, state-of-the-art safety mechanisms are also becoming commonplace in newer vehicles.

While these features are useful in preventing accidents, they cannot completely account for human error. Collision warning features and backup cameras can prove helpful, but how aware are Florida motorists of the limitations of such tools?

The dangers of sleepy truck drivers

Truck drivers have an exhausting job with long hours and late nights. It’s natural they would get fatigued occasionally. But when tired truck drivers get behind the wheel, it can make the roads less safe for other drivers.

We all feel a little sleepy while driving at times, especially during the morning commute or a long road trip, but drowsy driving can be serious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines drowsy driving as “the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.”

All-Risk vs. Named Peril Policies: What Is The Difference?

The world of insurance can be confusing. There are many different types of insurance, and consumers are often left to figure out the intricate details of these policies for themselves. There are two main types of property insurance policies for homeowners: all-risk policies and named peril policies. If you have a claim after a natural disaster or damage caused by an incident at your home, the amount of your reimbursement, if any, will depend on which type of policy you have. 

Read on for information about these two types of insurance policies and which one may fit you best.

Florida is the deadliest state for bicyclists

Biking for Florida adult residents continues to increase as a major outside activity. It is becoming the primary mode of transportation for many Floridians. As a Florida resident, it is easy to hit the road on a bike. Florida has vast amounts of biking trails and year-round biking weather. Even public transportation buses are usually equipped with bike racks, and many businesses have installed racks for both customers and employees. These conveniences, along with the health benefit biking provides, tempt riders to hop on a bike no matter where they are going. 

Unfortunately, with our already crowded roadways and more cyclists engaging in daily travel with a bike, it increases the likelihood of accidents and deaths. A recent study ranked Florida the top spot for dangerous places to bike. From data collected in 2015, Florida led the nation in bicyclist fatalities with 150. California was the next highest at 129. For Florida, this was an increase of 21 deaths from the previous year. Bicycle deaths are increasing nationally too. There were 818 bicycling deaths counted in the study, which was a 12 percent increase from the previous year.

New Hurricane Insurance Options In Florida

Hurricane season is starting up in Florida, which could also be called “insurance claim denial” season. Just when you need help the most, insurance companies do everything they can to withhold payment. Insurance is a business, and the way they make money is by keeping as much of it as possible. After Hurricane Irma, insurance companies denied almost a third of all claims, mostly because the assessed damage was less than the deductible on the policy.

New insurance options are now available in Florida that could fill in the gaps for certain homeowners. Are they right for you? Read on for more information. 

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