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Fatal collision in Florida leads to accusations against NHTSA

There are many gadgets that make travel more convenient than it was a few decades ago. For instance, it used to be necessary to pull out a map in order to find a correct travel route. Today, a click of a button on a GPS device talks drivers to their destinations. However, advanced technology is not always as helpful as one might hope, such as a fatal auto accident that occurred when a driver had his car on autopilot.

The vehicle apparently did not apply the brakes when needed, and while traveling approximately 69 mph, the car collided with a tractor-trailer that had turned into its path. Sadly, the 50-year-old driver of the car suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The tractor-trailer operator was not hurt. 

Workers' compensation benefits can help grieving Florida families

There is a lot of new construction going on in Florida and many other states. The industry has a high risk of worker injuries. Employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment to help construction employees stay as safe as possible on the job. A community in another state is grieving the loss of one of its workers, who was killed in a workplace accident on a recent Tuesday, just before noon. The workers' compensation program can be a great asset to grieving family members in situations like this.

A state university was adding a new residence hall to one of its campuses, which is why the construction worker was on-site that day. Investigators say they still do not have all the details regarding the tragedy. They do know, however, that the worker was hit with construction materials at some point, and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Florida coach involved in fatal motor vehicle accident

Turning left at traffic lights can be tricky. There is often an arrow light as well as a regular light. Drivers in Florida are obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations, which include yielding on a left turn when the light is green with no arrow if there is an oncoming car on the other side of the light. A recent fatal motor vehicle accident occurred when a van carrying members of a Florida rowing team turned left on a green light with no arrow.

There was a pickup truck in the oncoming lane, and the driver later told police the man behind the wheel of the van turning left was looking down at something in his vehicle and not at the road as he was making the turn. The pickup truck driver said there was nothing he could do to avoid a collision. The driver of the van was the coach of a Florida rowing team, and the van was rented to transport the rowers to practice.

Workplace injuries: How dangerous is your job?

When you go to work each day, are you among other Florida workers who do so with the understanding that they are at great risk for injury on the job? The answer largely depends on what you do for a living. Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Then again, don't think that, just because you sit at a desk all day in an office, you have zero risk of workplace injuries.

Many office workers carry out duties that involve repetitive motions, such as typing. In such cases, they may be at risk for repetitive stress injuries. The bottom line is that no job is 100% injury-proof. This is why it's important to know what to do and where to seek support if you suffer injury in the workplace.

Workers' compensation: What if a workplace fatality occurs?

Many Florida households include members who leave their homes to go to work each day. Most people assume they will travel to and from their job sites without any serious, unexpected problems arising. The fact is, however, that some types of work are inherently dangerous, such as construction jobs or fire and rescue missions. Thankfully, most employers purchase workers' compensation insurance to provide financial benefits to employees who suffer injuries while carrying out their duties in the normal course of an average workday.

Sometimes, it is a spouse who is left to navigate the workers' comp system if his or her loved one dies in a workplace accident. A workplace fatality occurred on Interstate 95 when a construction worker was pulling a night shift. It was approximately 2 a.m. when a passing vehicle struck another car.

Pickup trucks and SUVs cause more fatal car accidents

It may seem like there are endless options when vehicle shopping. You might have considered a lot of different things when looking for your own car, like Bluetooth capability, stereo systems and even crash avoidance technology. You probably also considered its size, but maybe not for the right reasons. When it comes to car accidents, your smaller vehicle is at a big disadvantage.

You already know just how unsettling it is to drive by larger vehicles. It does not matter whether you are passing an 18-wheeler on the interstate or SUV in your neighborhood, you know that they can do some serious damage. Pickup trucks are also a threat.

Florida collision prompts the need for medical airflight

Florida roadways are often busy during morning hours. From people commuting to and from work to students and faculty traveling to school, traffic often gets backed up to a standstill. The more vehicles on the road at any given moment, the greater the chance that a car accident might occur.

It was approximately 9 a.m. on a recent Wednesday when State Road 405 became the scene of a collision. Rescue workers arrived at the site of a head-on crash. The impact caused two people to suffer injuries. They were transport by helicopter to the nearest medical facility equipped to address their injuries.

Police can sometimes tell if a driver is drunk -- can you?

In a perfect world, you could always get behind the wheel of your car and enjoy an uneventful trip where you ultimately safely arrive at your chosen destination. In reality, any number of problem issues can arise that delay or impede your travel plans. For instance, you might arrive late to work because of unexpected traffic that has come to a halt due a collision in the roadway.

It pays to be cautious and alert at all times when you drive. However, when you're sharing the road with other drivers, you have no control over their actions. This is why it's always a good idea to know how to recognize signs of drunk driving. If you witness suspicious driving behavior, you might be able to create a safe distance between you and the person who appears to be driving erratically. Drunk drivers cause a high number of injuries and fatalities.

A sideswipe crash could leave you with serious injuries

If most drivers thought about the number of times they could potentially get into an accident on Florida roadways, they may never want to drive again. Of course, you and most other people can put this thought out of your mind and trust others on the road to act appropriately while behind the wheel. Still, you know that not every driver will do what they are supposed to, so you should always remain vigilant about focusing on driving and watching for hazards.

Unfortunately, your best efforts may not be enough for you to avoid a car accident. Another driver could seemingly come out of nowhere and crash into your vehicle. If you end up in a sideswipe accident, you may never have seen the other car coming, or you may have seen it coming straight toward you and narrowly avoided a head-on collision.

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