The epidemic of distracted driving is putting drivers in Florida and throughout the country at risk. Safety officials are making a concerted effort to get people to put their phones away while driving. There is good reason for this focus on distracted driving as estimates find that more than a quarter of all collisions stem from cell phone use. That number does not account for all the other distracted behaviors drivers engage in when behind the wheel.
The moments after a car accident are often a blur. You may be injured. You may be concerned about the other passengers. Depending on where the accident occurred, you may be on a busy street or highway. In all this chaos, if you are alert enough to think clearly, you should begin to think about how you can protect your rights as an injured person.
Florida lawmakers want to take action when it comes to preventing car accidents. Yet according to a recent article in the Miami Herald, legislators are considering outlawing red light cameras throughout the state despite loudly voiced objections from officials in individual cities and counties. If lawmakers in our state want to curb the rate of auto accidents on Florida's roads, is removing red light cameras really the best decision? According to Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, red light cameras have "essentially no safety benefit." To be sure, lawmakers believe that distracted driving and cellphone use behind the wheel are to blame for a majority of traffic collisions.
Over the last couple of years, news about sports-related concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in football have been a topic of serious concern. Indeed, numerous current and former NFL players have alleged personal injuries resulting from the sport, and researchers have been delving into the long-term effects of head trauma and a condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). According to a recent article in Medscape, brain injuries sustained in football have reached a "tipping point."