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Electric scooter craze coming to Tampa

Tampa will join the growing number of cities that allow pedestrians to rent electric scooters in downtown and other crowded areas here in the coming months. The city was until recently accepting applications from scooter distributers who want to participate in the city's pilot program, which is scheduled to start in February 2018.

The beauty of these devices is that they are environmentally friendly and much faster than walking. As they can be left just about anywhere, a would-be pedestrian, or motorist, can, for example, get off at a nearby bus stop and use a scooter to quickly get to where he wants to go.

Mind your step when shopping this holiday season

Heading into the busy holiday season, business owners in Florida will need to pay more attention to the safety of their premises than at any other time of the year. Any uneven or slippery floors, potholes in a parking lot, assaults or robbery threats could harm consumers and lead to premises liability lawsuits. The list of potential public safety hazards is endless.

As a consumer, you probably expect business owners to consider the safety of you and other members of the public. You will likely trust them to ensure that you will be safe in and around their buildings. Although slip-and-fall accidents are typical causes of injuries that could lead to civil lawsuits, the potential liability is everywhere.

Several children hurt while at school bus stop

Tampa police are investigating a pedestrian accident in which a driver of a passenger car allegedly struck five children who were at a school bus stop, presumably waiting for a ride to their nearby school. The children along the side of the road when the accident happened.

While reports suggested that the driver who hit these 5 children was driving very fast for the conditions, police have to this point refused to say that the driver was legally speeding. The driver reportedly remained at the scene of the incident, and police have yet to file any sort of charge or traffic citation against the driver.

Can your driving posture put you at risk for serious injuries?

You may be among the many people who feel irritated when another person drives your vehicle and moves the seat without putting it back. You likely had it in the perfect position, and now you have to find that sweet spot again, possibly while in a hurry.

Of course, what you may think of as the perfect seating position could actually put you at risk for serious injuries in the event that a car accident takes place. Additionally, if you do not have your seat positioned correctly, you may put unnecessary strain on your body while you drive.

Floor collapse at college apartments raises issues

Being a relatively large state, Florida is the home to several colleges and universities. The young people who attend these schools, assuming they do not just commute from their parents' homes, will no doubt a need a place to call home while they are attending classes.

Dormitories are one option, but many students choose instead to live in apartments and pay rent to a private landlord. Many complexes even cater to this type of renter with promises of things like cheap rent, proximity to campus or other amenities college students would appreciate.

Tampa is the home to the country's deadliest highway

Interstate 4 in the Tampa area is, at least according to one report, the deadliest major highway in the country. This route, which runs across Florida from Tampa through Orlando and over to Daytona Beach, reportedly experienced 165 traffic deaths over a recent five-year period. Since the highway is only 122 miles long, this translates to 1.25 deaths per mile of highway.

While Orlando, not Tampa, was the worst city on this route when it came to traffic deaths, this statistic should still serve as a wakeup call to area drivers about how important it us for them to mind their speed while on the highway and to be sure to remain alert and attentive at all times while on the road. Not doing so can easily cause a fatal car crash.

Brain injury types and how to seek compensation as a victim

As you make your way to work, you see a car approach you. The next thing you know, you are in the hospital. Fortunately, you survived the crash, but unfortunately, you suffered a brain injury.

Sometimes brain injuries resulting from a serious motor vehicle accident in Florida occur due to the carelessness of a driver. If this is your situation, you have the right to seek monetary compensation for your injuries and suffering.

Florida pedestrians do not fare well on the roads

Residents of Tampa who have tried to walk downtown or in other busy areas probably realize that navigating through traffic is risky. Others may have noticed lots of articles in the local papers about pedestrians in this state who got seriously hurt or even died after a car hit them.

An analysis of relatively recent data confirmed what many might have already realized anecdotally. Namely, Florida is not a great state when it comes to ensuring the safety of those who travel by foot.

Traffic deaths down overall, but SUV-related deaths up

According to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the number fatalities on America's roads fell in 2017 after two years of rising deaths.

Comparatively, the decrease was a modest 1.8 percent. To put this in perspective, the number of deaths rose almost 8.5 percent in 2015 and rose another 6.5 percent in 2016. Overall, over 37,000 people died in fatal crashes in 2017.

Deadly bridge accident results in fines

Many residents of the Tampa area probably remember last spring's deadly pedestrian bridge collapse in another big city in Florida that resulted in 6 fatalities and several serious injuries. One of the victims who died was a worker, and 5 of the injuries also involved people on the clock.

Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced it was fining several contractors who were responsible for building the bridge. OSHA is the federal agency in charge of regulating workplace safety and ensuring that employees provide a safe work environment.

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