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.
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.
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.
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.
While many residents of Florida may think that the day with most fatal car crashes would inevitably fall right around the time of a major holiday, such in fact is not the case. Indeed, the deadliest day for drivers, August 2, passed just a couple of weeks ago.
In Florida - and across the United States - May was Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. However, in a place like the Sunshine State, where motorcyclists can ride year-round, motorcycle safety needs to be a priority during every month of the year. This is of particular importance in Florida, which leads the nation in fatal motorcycle accidents.
A report that the AFL-CIO released in April reveals that workplace fatalities jumped significantly in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. That year, 5,190 people died while working at their jobs, compared with 4,836 worker deaths in 2015 - an increase of more than 5 percent. In Florida, alone, there were 309 wrongful deaths in the workplace.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be life-altering - or life-ending. If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, you know this. You also know that treatment for a TBI can be a long, and in some cases lifelong, process. Prolonged treatment means mounting medical expenses that become increasingly difficult to cover. However, if you or a loved one suffered a TBI as the result of an accident in Florida, compensation may be available to you.
Few sights are as frightening on a Florida freeway as a wrong-way driver. Wrong-way drivers on the freeway often end up in high-speed, head-on collisions. These types of car accidents can be difficult to avoid - especially if the wrong-way driver is impaired - and even harder to survive. Tragically, such head-on crashes often result in the wrongful death of motorists or passengers.
Coming to terms with a sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can be extremely difficult. You may have been going about your tasks and duties on an average day when you got a call informing you that your family member had suffered serious injuries in a Florida motor vehicle accident.