Saying Thank You to the First Responders

In Tallahassee, Florida, the recent recognition of several members of the first responders took place. Among those recognized was Chris Smith, the Deputy Sheriff in Leon County. Born to a bomber-pilot father who was part of the Strategic Air Command, his military family upbringing gave him quite a bit of information going into his future career. He was also surrounded …

Ford Settles Takata Air Bag Claims for $299.1 Million

In order to resolve economic damage claims made by consumers in the far-reaching Takata air bag litigation, Ford Motor Company has entered into a settlement under which it will pay $299.1 million. According to records from the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, the agreement is designed to compensate affected consumers for any out-of-pocket costs incurred due to the …

Sharing the Roadway: Bicyclist Accident Statistics

Riding a bicycle is an environmentally-friendly and physically beneficial alternative to driving a car. Sharing roadways comes with a fair share of potential hazards, especially considering the increased likelihood of accidents that result in injury or death. Over 800 bike riders in the United States were killed in 2015 as a result of crashing into a motor vehicle. The injury …

FHP Ticket Aggressive Drivers In Bid To Improve Safety

Each year, Florida has over 395,000 accidents. In many cases, these accidents are caused by an aggressive driver. In fact, Florida comes in at number eight on the list of aggressive drivers. The Florida Highway Patrol proposed the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program in 2014. This program was recently re-launched. Studies have shown that driver error plays a role …

Bill Banning Texting While Driving Passes Another Hurdle

On January 10, 2018, the Florida Senate panel passed a bill that would ban texting while driving. The bill classifies texting and driving as a primary offense. Florida Law previously classified texting and driving as a secondary offense. This means that an officer would have to pull the person over for another offense in order to give them a ticket …

Employee of Destin Watercraft Company Okay After Being Knocked Unconscious

Accidents even happen in paradise. Last week, it was reported that a 25-year-old employee of a personal watercraft rental company was knocked unconscious in Destin, Florida, one of the most popular tourist spots in Northwest Florida. Located on what’s called the Emerald Coast of Florida, Destin is known for its emerald-colored waters and its quartz-laden fine sand that’s so white …

Uber Disabled Brake In Accident That Killed Pedestrian

The emergency brake in an Uber vehicle had been disabled when it struck a pedestrian in Arizona back in March 2018. The woman was killed instantly. This was one of the first fatal crashes involving a self-driving vehicle. The car had identified that the emergency brake needed to be applied 1.3 seconds before the acciden occurred. However, the emergency brake …

Proposed Constitutional Change Promises Greater Protections to Residents of Care Facilities in Florida

Hurricane Irma, which devastated Florida last September, also created a hurricane of controversy in the state’s nursing and assisted living industry, leading to a proposed constitutional amendment. Prompted largely by a large number of deaths in a rehabilitation center in Hollywood Hills, fatalities that were indirectly blamed on the storm, Proposal 88 will create a “bill of rights” for the …

Lee County Has The Most Boating Accident Fatalities In Florida

Lee County has had more fatal boating accidents than any other place in Florida. There were nine boating accident deaths last year. This data is based on the information that has been given by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. There were 766 boating accidents in Florida and 67 boating deaths. Lee County had 43 boating accidents. Collier county …