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Motorcycle Pedestrian Fatalities Drive up 2012 Accident Toll

Friday, November 01, 2013

The number of traffic accident fatalities that occurred in 2012 was a significant increase over 2011, and increases in the number of people killed in motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, is being blamed for that increase.

In 2012, there were 33,561 traffic accident fatalities which was an increase of 1,802 fatalities over the previous year. Much of that increase was attributed to an increase in the number of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians killed in accidents. In those three categories alone, there were 9,426 fatalities in 2012. Florida saw an increase of 24 fatalities from 2011.

Last year also saw significant numbers of people being killed in alcohol-related car accidents. About 10,322 people were killed in accidents blamed on an impaired driver.

Last year's data also marks an increase in traffic accident fatalities for the first time since 2005. The increase in traffic accident fatalities could be due to the fact that more people are driving now, with the recovering economy.

However, there is hope. There is reason to believe that 2003 fatality numbers are on a downward trend, although it is far too early to make any predictions.

There is no denying the fact that there has been little progress in reducing the number of people killed in pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle accidents. These are some of the most vulnerable people on our roads, and over the years, there seems to have been little progress in helping ensure their safety. For example, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatalities in pedestrian accidents and motorcycle accidents actually increased for the three third consecutive year in 2012.

The federal agency is already planning strategic measures to reduce the number of traffic accident fatalities. The feds plan to speed up a program that would encourage auto manufacturers to install seat belt interlock systems to encourage seat belt use.

In-Car Apps Allow Parents to Supervise Teen Driving

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Parents of teenage drivers now have a range of options that can help them track or monitor their children's driving behaviors via in-car apps. Many providers now can help parents monitor not just their teenage child at any given point in time, but also the speed of the car that he's driving, acceleration and braking habits, and even driving hours.

Orlando car accident lawyers believe that such parent control can be crucial in the case of teenage drivers who are inexperienced, and face far too many pressures that encourage dangerous driving. For instance, teenagers may be under pressure to drive at excessive speeds, or under the influence of alcohol, and may also face distractions from passengers.

It's very important for parents, therefore, to not just monitor their teenage child and find out where he is at any given point in time, but also monitor his driving habits. That includes not just monitoring his speeds and braking to make sure that these are safe levels, but also staying updated about driving habits through SMS text alerts.

Some app providers now allow parents to get an alert if the car goes outside predetermined boundaries that the parent has already set. Some of the most basic apps send out text message alerts to incoming mail or voice calls when the car is going at above 25 mph. If the person must make a call, he can manually turn off the app.

Other apps include cell phone blocking technologies while the car is in motion, that block a number of functions including texting, cell phone calls as well as camera and web access unless the motorist is wearing a headset.

Florida Reports Increase in Motorcycle Accident Fatalities

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Florida transportation agencies must analyze the reasons for a disturbing increase in motorcycle accident fatalities in the state last year. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, there was actually an increase in the number of these fatalities last year. During the first 6 months of 2010, there were 205 motorcycle accident deaths in the state of Florida, and that number increased to 215 deaths in the first 6 months of 2011. When you analyze the data for the first 9 months of last year, you find that there were 303 fatalities in 2011, compared to 292 the previous year during the same period of time.

Overall, there has been no change in the number of motorcycle accident fatalities across the United States. These are preliminary statistics, but the final numbers are expected to indicate more or less the same number of motorcycle accident fatalities as last year.

It's time for Florida transportation safety authorities to take a closer look at those statistics, and find out why progress made in reducing the fatality toll in the state was reversed last year. Over the past couple of years, Florida motorcycle accident attorneys have seen a slight decline in motorcycle accident fatalities, as the recession swept in, and dampened motorcycling enthusiasm. During the recession, fewer motorcycles were sold, and fewer motorcyclists wanted to bike recreationally.

The Governors Highway Safety Association warns that as the economy improves, and more motorcyclists take to the streets, we will likely see a further increase in fatality rates. A greater focus on motorcycle safety awareness among motorists, reducing DUI and distracted driving, and encouraging motorcycle helmet use would go a long way in helping reduce the fatality numbers in Florida.

Florida Motorcycle Accident Raises Questions about Senior Drivers

Monday, April 09, 2012

Earlier this month, an Apollo Beach motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in an accident involving a car being operated by a senior motorist. That motorist was 100 years old. The motorist had never been involved in an accident before, but this accident has once again caused Orlando motorcycle accident attorneys to raise questions about the wisdom of allowing driving privileges for people of a certain age.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the state currently has about 455 licensed motorists who are above the age of 100. There are 39 of these motorists in Pinellas County, 22 in Pasco, 16 in Hillsborough and 4 in Hernando County.

That is just the motorists who are aged 100 and above. The number of licensed motorists between 91 and 100 years in Florida is about 65,000.

Florida has some of the highest numbers of senior drivers in the US because of its reputation as a retirement hub. Seniors get a lot of bad rep for their driving skills. However, the fact is that senior drivers above the age of 90 account for some of the fewest accidents in the state.

These motorists have some of the lowest crash rates in Florida. In the 15 to 19 year age demographic, there are about 364 accidents for every 10,000 licensed drivers. However, in the above-90 age demographic, there are just 79 accidents for every 10,000 licensed motorists.

However, those facts are not sufficient to placate the family of the motorcyclist who was seriously injured in this particular senior driver-related accident. They're calling for driving tests to determine whether a senior is able to drive, before his or her driver’s license is renewed. Currently, the law only requires senior drivers to submit to a vision test every 6 years.

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