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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. 

Drivers With ADHD May Be More Likely To Cause An Auto Accident

If your teen driver has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it is extremely important to ensure that they are taking the right medicine to treat the condition in order to avoid a Tampa auto accident. Without managing the symptoms of ADHD, adolescents could be much more likely to cause an auto accident than other teen drivers who do not have ADHD, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. An article in CNN discusses the study, and provides more information for families and motorists in West Central Florida who need to recognize the risks surrounding teen driving crashes and ADHD.

How Tampa's Mangrove Losses Could Increase Risk of Wind Storm Damage

Are mangrove losses in West Central Florida putting Tampa Bay homeowners at greater risk of windstorm damage in the event of a hurricane or other severe storm? If you live in Florida, you may have heard that mangrove forests can provide protection against severe storm damage. If you know about the benefits of mangroves to people and property, you also may know that human impact has been extremely damaging to native mangrove forests throughout the state. We want to talk more about how a greater emphasis on environmental protection also might be able to help protect your home from severe storm damage.

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