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43-year-old Tampa man dies in car accident

Although it is advisable for the motorcyclists to wear helmets and proper safety gear, sometimes the impact of the accident is such that even appropriate safety gear fails to render required protection to the motorcyclist.

A recent car accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 near Hillsborough Avenue, Florida, is a prime example of the risk involved in riding a motorcycle. The fatal accident occurred when a Toyota Camry ran into a motorcycle while attempting to merge into an exit lane that the motorcyclist was traveling in. The impact caused the motorcyclist to lose control and collide with the guardrail.

Family of woman killed by garbage truck files lawsuit

The loss of a loved one is unbearable for any family and causes emotional distress and sadness. Losing someone brings emotional stress, especially if the loved one died in an accident. The recent incident of a lawsuit filing against the City of Tampa by the family of a woman who was hit and killed by a city garbage truck nearly nine months ago is a shocking reminder of the consequences of a wrongful death.

According to reports, a 65-year-old woman was jogging when she was hit and killed by a garbage truck in Tampa's Davis Islands neighborhood. According to police, the driver of the garbage truck would not face criminal charges. However, he would face a civil traffic citation involving a death. But, the lawsuit filed by the family of the of the victim claims the garbage truck's backup lights were not working and there were no "audible sounds" when the driver reversed the truck.

Intersection collisions often result in catastrophic injuries

If you recall the days when you were learning to drive, you might remember that certain situations caused you more stress than others. For instance, you might have felt nervous the first time you accelerated to highway speeds. Merging or exiting a roadway can also be tricky, causing inexperienced drivers much stress. You hopefully had a good driving instructor and were not only able to master such skills but felt more comfortable behind the wheel.

No matter how many years you have been a licensed Florida driver, you might still experience situations that startle you or cause you stress while driving. Many times, such incidents occur at intersections, which are high-risk areas for collisions. Even if you adhere to traffic regulations and are alert and cautious at the wheel, it doesn't guarantee that the drivers near you are the same. In fact, some motorists are quite reckless at intersections.

Understanding toy safety standards per the CPSIA

If diamonds are a girl's best friends, then it is probably safe to say that toys are children's best friends. And as many people in Tampa may agree, this statement holds true from children well into their teenage years. For those children's safety, it is important that a toy is safe because dangerous children's toys have been known to cause injuries among children, which can have some very long-term consequences.

In order to ensure the safety of children, United States Consumer Product Safety Commission provides guidelines, which all toys intended for use by children 14 years of age and under must comply with. The standards recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 refer to the consumer safety standards contained in ASTM F963-17 and released by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Woman seriously injured in fiery wrong-way crash on I-275

Motor vehicle accidents do happen everywhere and Tampa, Florida, is no exception. These car accidents usually occur due to the negligence or recklessness on the part of drivers. Drunk driving is a major contributing factor to reckless driving.

In a recent incident, a woman suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 275. The accident took place when a drunk driver going the wrong way struck the victims' car. According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, the victim, a 24-year-old woman was driving a small sedan in the inside southbound lane of Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard in the early morning hours on a recent day.

Did another driver unsafely cut across a gore area?

Many people may understandably feel nervous when they drive in unfamiliar areas or on busy Florida highways and interstate roads. These roads often have more heavy traffic than two-lane roads, and you may have to merge into traffic and veer off the highway in order to exit.

These maneuvers can seem intimidating, and even if you are already on the highway, you may worry about other drivers cutting in front of you or not paying attention to signs and symbols that help keep the roadways more organized and safer.

Man critically injured after accident in near Tampa

A large number of people become the victims of road accidents in and around Tampa every year. These accidents cause injuries that can range from minor to life threatening. Accidents on highways prove to be more fatal due to the high speed of vehicles. A little mistake on these roads often results in catastrophic auto accidents that seriously endanger people's lives.

In a recent incident near Tampa, a man is fighting for his life after a pickup truck struck him while he was crossing the road. According to the police, the 74-year-old man was on a crosswalk at an intersection when he was stuck by the truck. The driver did not stop at the scene of the accident but police tracked him down and arrested him soon thereafter. Reports say that victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Man in wheelchair injured by hit-and-run driver in Tampa

Being involved in an accident is a serious event. But, what happens when the driver flees the scene of the accident? Is a victim left without a liable party to hold responsible for their injuries and damages? This is the scenario in hit-and-run incidents. Leaving the scene of an accident could result in civil and criminal penalties for a driver after they are apprehended.

In a recent incident, a wheelchair-bound man has been rushed to hospital with serious injuries after he was mowed down in a hit-and-run incident. The accident happened one recent night at the intersection of Nebraska Avenue and MLK Boulevard. At the time of publication, police were still on the hunt for the driver of the white sedan that hit the disabled man, who is in his 60s, and has released surveillance video of the suspect's vehicle on Tuesday.

Reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents in Florida

Florida highways are often dangerous places. Whether you commute to and from work every day or only venture out to run errands or for social occasions, you've likely been in a situation or two where you narrowly escaped a collision. One of the greatest menaces to motor vehicle travel is drunk driving. A nearby driver's irresponsible decision to get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content level that exceeds the legal driving limit places his or her own life, as well as yours, at risk.

As a cautious and alert driver, you sometimes might notice another motorist driving in an erratic or reckless manner. Certain situations should be red flag warnings that the driver in a particular vehicle might be intoxicated. If you can pull off the road or distance yourself from the vehicle, you have a good chance of avoiding a collision. That's not always possible, however, which is why it's a good idea to know what to do if an accident occurs.

Some interesting statistics about distracted driving

This blog has previously reported on the ongoing problem of distracted driving in Tampa, Florida.

When people think of distracted driving, the first thing that may come to mind is a person talking on his or her phone, checking email or sending an instant message.

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