Florida lawmakers are taking their fight against distracted driving to new levels. The state recently passed a law that makes driving in an active construction zone or in a school zone while using a hand-held phone a primary offense. This means enforcement officers can pull drivers over and issue a ticket for violating this law.
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.
Chances are your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will not cover all of the medical expenses you incur in a car accident, especially if you went to the emergency room. You should consider retaining an attorney who can help you recover additional coverage by making a detailed claim or eventually filing a personal injury lawsuit. You may have a basic understanding of PIP and your policy limits, but only an attorney who practices in personal injury law will know the complexities involved.
They're here every year, without fail -- our migratory winter visitors. They flock to our fair Florida sometime in December or after the holidays, taking refuge from the bitter winter weather of their more permanent homes until spring makes it safe for them to migrate north again.
Even the most minor of car accidents can be very jarring and stressful. The shock of this experience can cause everything that happens immediately afterward to feel like a blur, especially if you have been injured or if you have never been in an automobile accident before. For this reason, it's a good idea for all drivers to take the time to review what their legal responsibilities following an accident well before something like this ever occurs. This knowledge will be helpful in general if you are the first to arrive at the scene of an accident, but may even be crucial in the event you are in an accident yourself.
It's a tale as old as time: Jane Doe's car collides with John DoRight's truck because she wasn't paying attention. John's truck is severely damaged and he's also injured. He wants to file a claim with Jane's insurance company, but she's worried about what this will do to her rates and her coverage. She already has a few accidents on her record and this one could cause her insurer to drop her. Hoping to avoid this possibility, she tries to negotiate payment for damages without involving the insurance company.
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.
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.
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.
The car manufacturing industry has developed in leaps and bounds. Today, auto manufacturers have included new technology and innovative features to enhance your safety while driving on the road.