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Florida lawmaker, accident victims, makes appeal to public

A member of the Florida legislature, who herself lost a twin sister in a fatal car accident, recently made a public appeal to drivers both in Tampa and in the rest of this state. Her request was that Floridians put down their phones when they are driving and instead pay careful attention to the road in front of them. She believes that doing so will save many lives across this state.

Survey says Florida roads among least safe in the U.S.

When compared to other states, Florida's roads are apparently quite dangerous for those who travel on or near them. According to the website WalletHub, which recently conducted a survey of the "Safest States in the U.S.," Florida had scores near the bottom in all of the factors that the survey weighed when ranking states for the overall safety of their citizens. When all categories were considered, Florida came in 46th overall - only Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked lower.

Survey says Florida roads among least safe in the U.S.

When compared to other states, Florida's roads are apparently quite dangerous for those who travel on or near them. According to the website WalletHub, which recently conducted a survey of the "Safest States in the U.S.," Florida had scores near the bottom in all of the factors that the survey weighed when ranking states for the overall safety of their citizens. When all categories were considered, Florida came in 46th overall - only Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi ranked lower.

Legal reckoning for self-driving vehicle makers

In recent years, as the technology has advanced out of labs and onto the roads, a series of accidents across the nation - including a fatal crash in Florida - has brought the manufacturers of self-driving cars under considerable scrutiny from both regulators and consumers. The industry is now starting to see the legal fallout from rolling out technology that may not have been road-ready. As the first law suits regarding such car accidents are being resolved, it's clear that crashes involving self-driving cars are not your more typical accident cases.

Assisting Tampa-area victims of inattentive drivers

In the Tampa area, across Florida and throughout the United States, distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions. The National Highway Traffic Safety says distracted driving now plays a role in the majority of all traffic accidents. Every year, hundreds of people die in Florida and more than 3,400 nationwide in distracted driving accidents.

Distracted driving continuing peril on Florida roads

April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month in Florida and across the United States. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, nearly 50,000 car accidents in 2017 involved a driver who was in some way distracted from his or her driving duties. Although a lot of media and legislative attention focuses on the use of the electronic devices or texting while driving, distracted driving is anything that diverts a driver's attention from the safe operation of a vehicle.

Drunk drivers are perilous for Tampa-area motorcyclists

Drunk drivers present a danger for motorists in the Tampa area and on the roads and highways throughout Florida. Not only is drunk driving responsible for a large number of car accidents each year, it is also the disproportionate cause of a large number of traffic fatalities. Because those on motorcycles are particularly exposed to road hazards, and are on smaller, lighter vehicles, drunk drivers are especially dangerous to motorcyclists.

Too soon for autonomous vehicles in Florida?

Thanks to legislation championed by Senator Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg, autonomous - self-driving - vehicles are legal in Florida. While they may eventually be a boon, particularly for older drivers, several high-profile car accidents have called their safety in question. Although state lawmakers and auto manufacturers are doing what they can to make such vehicles safer for travel on public roads, the types of accidents in which these vehicles have been involved call into question their readiness for public use.

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