There is no more universal way to get across or around the state of Florida than by car. Although there are several bus routes, train tracks and flights around the Sunshine State, nothing reaches the allure -- and the numbers -- of one's own motor vehicle.
So much of Florida's economy and transportation depends on trucks. Tractor-trailers, cement mixers and other heavy equipment on the road are the lifeblood of construction projects, trade and general commerce in the Sunshine State and beyond.
Florida is one of the most scenic states in the nation, from the breathtaking swamps of the Everglades to the coastal plains of Destin and the Panhandle. One of the best ways to cross the state is by car, and millions of Floridians commute or vacation in one every month.
A car accident is always a difficult experience to deal with, even if damage or injury was minimal. Drivers are likely to second-guess their moves for a while to come, and the business of restoring cars with insurance coverage can be an onerous process.
Florida sees more and more drivers on the roads each year, leading to increased likelihood of motor vehicle accidents. More than 3,000 people died in car accidents in the state in 2016, the highest level ever for Florida.
It is unfortunately common to hear news stories of individuals driving inattentively or recklessly, or driving despite knowing that they are impaired by drugs/alcohol. There is another driving hazard that is less commonly discussed but no less dangerous: driving with a debilitating medical condition.
Children are the most precious cargo on America's roads. Parents always observe extra precautions on a grocery run, pickup after practice or road trip with a child on board. Since other drivers cannot be relied upon to be careful, parents have a duty to protect children against car accidents.
Every year, thousands of individuals die as the result of injuries suffered in pedestrian accidents. Many times, these accidents are completely preventable and happen as the result of negligent, reckless and otherwise inexcusable actions committed by drivers. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in this type of motor vehicle accident, you have legal options available to you.
You may know of the dangers of distracted driving, but you may not know that fatigued driving can be just as dangerous. A tired driver can cause as much harm as an individual who picks up his or her phone while behind the wheel, and it is a serious problem in Florida and across the country.
In Tampa, a car left the roadway and crashed into a parked vehicle. That second vehicle was sitting right in front of a house, and the accident was so violent that the first car plowed right on into the home, smashing into a living room and a child's bedroom at just before 6 a.m.