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The dangers of golf carts in Florida

While most parts of the U.S. are dealing with snow, wind chill and cold vehicles, Florida residents are enjoying the beautiful weather outside. The season is right for golfing, and if you do not walk the course, then this means using a golf cart.

Many residential communities allow for golf cart usage as well, helping with parking problems and making quick trips around the area fast and convenient. However, no matter where people drive them, golf carts come with their own dangers people may not even realize.

Is walking always safer than driving for senior citizens?

You may be thinking about hanging up the car keys as you have gotten older, or maybe you are a younger person considering whether it is time to have that difficult conversation with parents or grandparents. Fortunately, making the transition from driving to other forms of transportation can be easier if you live close to public transportation and in walkable neighborhoods.

However, it is important to point out that walking when you are older has its share of risks, especially in many Florida communities. In fact, Florida has nine cities in the top 20 most deadly cities for pedestrians, and they are all in the top 11. Part of this is due to poor street design, but age is a factor as well.

Causes and consequences of amusement park injuries

Amusement parks are a lot of fun. Whether you want to ride an exciting rollercoaster, drive a go-kart or splash around the water park, you can have the time of your life at places like this. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents can occur at these hubs of family enjoyment. In fact, Time Magazine reported that a roller coaster accident in July injured 33 people.

One mishap could leave you, your friend or a member of your family injured. The last thing you want is for your trip to the amusement park to be interrupted by an injury and a visit to the hospital. This is why it is important for you to be informed about the risks and potential injuries. Below is a look at the causes and consequences of amusement park injuries.

Avoiding the dangers of distracted driving

On the road, everything can go smoothly until, suddenly, it does not. A second's distraction at a crucial moment can turn a routine Florida commute into a nightmare.

While you cannot always guarantee yourself a distraction-free trip, you can take steps to eliminate voluntary distractions and to minimize the effect of unforeseen outside distractions. Advance planning can go a long way towards making your commute safer. While avoiding texting and other electronics use heads the list, there are several other common types of distractions to avoid.

Drowsy driving is not worth the risk

It has been a long day and you still have the drive home to get through. Are you too tired to get behind the wheel safely?

Drowsiness lacks the connotation of irresponsibility associated with activities such as texting while driving or becoming intoxicated. However, its effects can be the same, with the same serious results.

Tips for staying safe around commercial trucks and buses

If you are like many Floridians, you may develop anxiety anytime you share the road with large commercial vehicles. While there is only so much you can do when truck and bus drivers choose to drive under the influence or while distracted, there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of an accident.

For example, to minimize your risk of suffering a serious injury following a crash with a commercial vehicle, consider taking the following steps.

Injuries you can receive at a water park

One of the best ways to spend summertime in Florida is in the water to escape the heat and humidity. What better place to enjoy family fun and water entertainment than at one of the many water parks in the area?

While a water park can bring lots of joy and help your family make memories, it also comes with the very real risk of injury. Water park rides do not have restraints and are generally slippery, contributing to their danger.

Walk a lot? Know these 3 tips to avoid a pedestrian accident

If you frequently walk around your central or northern Florida community, you might not think of all the dangers of being a pedestrian. While walking is a normal, healthy and positive action, sometimes accidents occur. If a negligent driver hits you while you are walking, you could suffer serious injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 430 people go to the emergency room on average each day for pedestrian injuries. You deserve to walk in peace without fear of injuries. While you cannot control the behavior of drivers, you can control your own. Keep reading for some tips on how to stay safe as a pedestrian.

Why seniors are more likely to fall

As you age, you become increasingly susceptible to falling. Because the strength of your bones tends to deteriorate as you age as well, a fall that may have left little damage during your younger years may leave you in serious pain as you get older.

In addition to increasingly brittle bones and diminished overall strength, these are additional factors that place you at risk of falling as a senior.

Can I hold my neighbor liable for my ankle injury?

You may have decided to take the backyard path to the pot luck dinner your neighbor is hosting. This is the fastest route, and you are carrying a heavy bowl of fruit. You have gone this way often during the day, but this is your first nighttime excursion, and you trip over a shovel someone left on the path. The result is a painful ankle injury and fruit all over the place. Now premises liability comes to mind. Is your neighbor liable for the injury you suffered? 

Types of slip-and-fall injuries

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