When someone causes the wrongful death of another person, the surviving family members may seek financial compensation for various losses and damages. However, not every fatal accident merits legal action, and while you may be grieving the unexpected loss of a loved one, you may also want to know if you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim.
On January 1, we celebrate the new year and look forward. As the year continues, the numbers come in and it becomes easier to look back with a clear picture. The National Safety Council just released statistics concerning driving habits in 2016 and they are alarming.
Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the roads, often driving for hours at a time without stopping for rest. Because of the nature of their occupation and other factors, many large vehicle operators in Hillsborough are at risk for accidents.
Truck drivers in Hillsborough work long hours on the road, and they often drive many miles without stopping to rest. Due to the nature of their jobs, commercial drivers who have sleep apnea have a higher risk of being involved in motor vehicle crashes. This condition can make it difficult for truck drivers to stay awake and attentive while they are on the road.
A few weeks ago, our blog started discussing how the process of driving can become so routine that drivers sometimes fail to account for the limitations or unique dangers posed by the other cars, motorcycles and trucks with which they share the road.
The vast majority of drivers on the roads and highways are accustomed to sharing their space with other cars, motorcycles and, of course, trucks. Indeed, it's not uncommon for people to be so accustomed to the presence of these other types of vehicles that they actually become inured to the unique dangers they pose and vice versa.
The first incident that a Seminole County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in occurred at about 9:30 p.m., and was a pursuit with an alleged drunk driver. That driver eventually crashed into a patrol car at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and State Road 434.
It can be truly terrifying to be traveling along the highway only to have traffic come to a sudden halt, forcing you to apply your brakes, and hope in that split-second that you aren't hit from behind and are able to come to a complete stop before striking the vehicle in front of you.
Statistics from the federal government paint a rather sobering picture of just how serious the problem of distracted driving remains on the roads and highways here in the U.S. For example, an astounding 3,154 people were killed and another 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2013 alone.