An 18-year-old from Manatee County, which is south of the Tampa area, died after her vehicle was hit by another motorist running through a red light. The other motorist was attempting to flee after being involved in a separate, unrelated car accident. The impact flipped the teen's truck and sent it in to a nearby utility pole.
A head-on collision in Central Florida resulted in four fatalities, two of the victims being a teen girl and her grandmother. The accident happened on Christmas, and the girl was spending time with her grandmother, who had recently been widowed. The accident was serious enough to attract the attention of Tampa media outlets.
Lots of people from all walks of life rely on their physicians to give them correct advice about their medical conditions and to prescribe the proper course of treatment for them.
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.