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Three years ago, Rebecca Forkey was a 24-year-old woman heading to the gym, training for a bodybuilding competition. Little did she know, her physical fitness is likely what kept her alive in a car accident that would have killed most people, her doctors now say. Driver

The Missouri woman is now quadriplegic. She hopes one day to regain some use of her hands and arms. Her physical therapy is intensive, and while she makes strides, she’s likely to remain permanently disabled the rest of her life.

Now 27, the East Bay Times reported she just secured a $24 million settlement against the employer of the so-called “Good Samaritan” who nearly killed her while trying to do the right thing.  Continue reading

The National Survey of Speeding Attitudes and Behavior, recently released by officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reveals that speeding is a serious problem on our roadways and drivers aren’t making a conscious effort to help to alleviate the risks.  In the survey, roughly half of all drivers agree that speeding is a serious problem, yet about 20 percent of those same drivers admitted to driving far too fast.

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Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers understand that speed-related accidents account for about a third of all traffic accident fatalities on U.S. roadways each and every year.  About 10,000 lives are lost annually in speed-related traffic collisions.  Through the busy holiday season and more and more snowbirds make their way south, it’s more critical than ever that we keep an eye on our speed and keep safety a top priority on the road.  Being responsible behind the wheel is our best defense against a potentially fatal traffic accident.

“We all have places we need to go, but it’s never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm’s way to get there faster,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

If there’s one thing we all know about driving, it’s that we need to pay attention to the road.  We need to look and be cautious when braking, merging and turning.  With that being said, it makes sense as to why parents oftentimes get distracted from the traffic around them.  When traveling with a child in the vehicle, parents are much more likely to get distracted by their children than if they were to use a cell phone in the driver’s seat.

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According to a recent study from the Monash University Accident Research Center, parents are at serious risks for distracted driving car accidents when traveling with children.  As a matter of fact, they’re 12 times more likely to get into an accident, the study reports.

Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that dealing with passengers is one of the most frequently reported causes of distraction.  Energetic teens and young children can be particularly distracting, especially to inexperienced, young drivers.  Managing children and infants also required special attention for more experienced, adult drivers.  Researchers report that kids are four times more distracting than adults as passengers, and infants are eight times more distracting, according to Medical Daily.

To help to promote Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have launched a new roadmap to help ensure the safety of the nation’s elderly population as the number of older drivers on the road continues to grow.

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“This plan will help enhance safety for everyone by helping states address the mobility needs of their older drivers,” said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary.

Our Fort Myers car accident attorneys understand that the population of older drivers (those 65 and older) has increased by approximately 20 percent since 2003.  At the same time, the number of these elderly residents who have driver’s licenses has increased by about 21 percent, totaling close to 40 million elderly licensed drivers in 2012.  The NHTSA’s latest issue of Safety In Numbers reports that there were more than 5,500 elderly people who were killed and another 215,000 who were injured in motor-vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2012.  One of the biggest problems among elderly drivers is that they face a higher risk of death and serious injury in the event of an accident, even in low-severity collisions.

A woman from Coral Springs was killed in a recent head-on car accident along Sawgrass Expressway.  According to CBS Miami, the 21-year-old victim was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a wrong-way driver.  The 20-year-old driver of the vehicle was heading west on the expressway when she was hit by an oncoming vehicle, just west of University Drive shortly before 2:00 a.m.  The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that the passenger was killed on impact.

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To help put an end to wrong way drivers, the victims uncle is suggesting a physical barrier, whether it be a tire spike or something else to stop drivers from heading the wrong way.

Our accident lawyers in Coral Springs understand that wrong-way accidents are too often deadly.  Although these accidents only account for about 3 percent of all motor-vehicle accidents, the force of such collisions make them particularly difficult to survive.  Did you know that about 75 percent of all wrong-way accidents are caused by a drunk driver?  They peak at roughly 2:00 a.m.  According to recent statistics, wrong-way drivers typically have more traffic violations, accidents and felony convictions that the average driver.  Unfortunately, wrong-way crashes are becoming more common, even as the overall fatal crash rate has declined.

To help make sure that motorists make it safely through the busy travel season, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are pushing Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort).  According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), law enforcement officials will be looking for drivers who follow too closely, speed and drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  Officials will also be on the hunt, making sure that everyone, including children, are properly restrained in each and every vehicle.

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Our Fort Myers car accident lawyers understand that holidays are some of the worst travel periods of all.  And this time of year, we’ve got Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.  In 2012, officials with the FHP handed out close to 9,500 traffic citations over the Thanksgiving Holiday period.  Of these citations, there were more than 4,000 who were cited for speeding, close to 700 who were cited for seat belt violations and close to 150 arrested for driving under the influence.  Officials were also able to provide roadside assistance to close to 2,500 motorists.

To help to make sure that you get to your holiday destination safely this year, officials with the FHP offer the following safety tips:

When you think about distracted driving, “selfies” wouldn’t be most people’s first response.  Well, meet the new and very real threat.

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“Taking a photo of yourself while you’re driving a 2,000-pound vehicle down the road at 50 or 60 miles per hour?” asked Jackie Gillann with the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.  “That is putting your life in danger and putting the lives of those around you in danger.”

Our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers understand that smartphone cameras have sparked a new trend among drivers — self portraits in the driver’s seat.  According to CNN, social media does all the talking in this case.  Just searching a simple #drivingselfie hashtag on Instagram will return thousands of pictures of drivers snapping shots of themselves while operating a motor vehicle.  The results are the same on social media outlets across the board, including the hasgtags #drivingtowork, and cleverly, #ihopeidontcrash.  And in many of these photos, the cars are in motion.  To make it even worse, drivers oftentimes don’t have their hands on the steer wheel or even their eyes on the road.

As of January 2004, all drivers who are 80 years of age or older and who are in the process of renewing their driver license are required to pass a vision test, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  As we age, there are  numerous factors that can affect our driving skills, and hinder our ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Vision may be the most important.

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But some of the younger drivers are facing the same problems — vision impairments.  All drivers — regardless of age — who wear glasses or contact lenses will be required to wear them when driving.  This will be indicated on your license with restriction code A.  In order to pass the test, you have to prove that you have 20/40 vision or better.  And that has to be in both eyes.  If a driver has surgery and no longer needs corrective lenses, this restriction may be removed.

Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers understand that many specialists recommend that you have your eyesight checked at least once every 2 years.  When it’s dark out or when it’s raining, many of us experience difficulty seeing even though we can see fine during the day.  In these cases, we need special visual attention and focus because of bright lights, glares from headlights and even total darkness.  When the sun sets, even the best sighted drivers can become short-sighted due to eye pupil’s dilation.

According to the early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 7,000 traffic accident fatalities during the first quarter of 2013.  Although a decrease of about 4 percent from the same time from the year before, we have a ways to go before the end of the year, and that time includes our busy and deadly holiday/tourist season.

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The NHTSA is continuing to gather data on crash fatalities for 2012 and 2013, using information from police accident reports and other sources. While it is too soon to speculate on the contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways, it should be noted that the historic downward trend in traffic fatalities in the past several years means any comparison will be to an unprecedented low baseline figure.

Our Cape Coral car accident lawyers understand that the most recent statistics we have available for the state of Florida are the 2012 numbers from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES).  In this system, Florida appears to have seen close to 281,500 traffic accidents, which serves as an increase in the number of accidents from the previous year.  We saw an average of 770 accidents each and every day, a steep increase from the 625 average from 2011.

When you’re driving along the side of the road, most of you will slow down if you see flashing lights on the side of the road.  Most will stop for red or blue, but what would you do if you saw flashing yellow lights? Believe it or not, many drivers don’t know what to do when they approach an accident scene of law enforcement stopped at the side of the road.

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According to the Sun-Sentinel, tow trucks with their lights on are emergency vehicles, which means that even if police aren’t on the scene, drivers still have to move over for tow trucks. If you’re busted not moving over, you could wind up with a fine of $160.  What’s worse that a ticket is that you could wind up killing an officer or another worker on the side of the road who is only trying to do their job.  .

Our Boca Raton car accident lawyers understand that many drivers may not follow the state’s move over law, and that’s when we lose lives.  In 2012, officials with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) issued more than 8,000 move over citations.  And there were many more that were never busted, and many lives lost because of it.