Given the great year-round Florida weather, you are probably accustomed to having guests over for an enjoyable evening. Food and drinks served out by the pool may be popular with your friends, and you might be used to having quite a crowd. However, as host, you must be concerned with the issue of driving safety once the party is over. You may think that appointing designated drivers solves this problem, but did you know that DDs are not always sober?
It is encouraging to know that since the 1980s, alcohol-related deaths on our highways have continued to decrease, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, the NIH also reports that alcohol is still related to 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the U.S. Learning how drinking affects the body makes it easier to understand that even a small amount of alcohol can impair driving skills.
Driving is a privilege, sometimes a necessity and often a pleasure. However, because distractions are all around, operating a vehicle can also be dangerous. Driving is a responsibility that everyone should take seriously, and that means eliminating as many distractions as possible.
Texting-while-driving has become an epidemic. The statistics are nothing short of ghastly. Indeed, the National Safety Council estimates that a quarter of all accidents on American roads last year - 1.6 million - were the result of texting-while-driving. Texting behind the wheel accounts for nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year.
A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) names the United States as the country with the highest rate of fatal motor vehicle accidents among 20 developed countries with similar populations. What puts the U.S. in this unenviable position is the more than 32,000 annual car crash deaths - about 90 a day. More than two million others are injured.
In some cases, auto accident victims are very fortunate to be alive. However, those who survive a wreck may have to struggle with numerous hardships, such as medical expenses, lost wages due to an injury which prevents them from working, physical pain and an inability to live life the way they want to. Sadly, car crashes occur far too often in Ocala and throughout Florida. At the King Law Firm, we work hard to stand up for the rights of those who have been hurt in an accident that was caused by a negligent driver and are trying to move forward.
All too often, Florida drivers get behind the wheel of their vehicle after they have consumed more than just a few drinks of alcohol. Despite the risks of drinking and driving, it happens in Ocala and all throughout the country.
Determining fault after a car accident is not always crystal-clear. Perhaps one person was making a left-hand turn while another person came speeding down the road, resulting in a collision. Or take the example of a driver who skids on a slippery road, colliding with a second car, which then goes on to collide with a third car. If a person is partially at fault for a car accident in Florida, can they still pursue compensation? While this blog is not to be considered legal advice, in some cases the answer is yes, they can still seek damages.
Every year, drivers in Florida are involved in roughly one quarter of a million motor vehicle accidents. In most cases, accidents happen very unexpectedly and quickly. This means that the drivers involved may be experiencing shock, panic and fear immediately after a car accident. This can make it difficult to think straight and to reason through the proper course of action. So what are the steps that drivers should take after an accident?
We have all likely heard a substantial amount about distracted driving and texting while driving these days. In listening to this national conversation, you may wonder how significant the problem is. The reality is that distracted driving is a serious concern which leads to car accident injuries and deaths.