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Florida Cities Rated Worst in America for Drivers

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

According to Allstate’s America's Best Drivers report for 2013, at least two Florida cities are some of the worst in the country for drivers. Miami and Hialeah were rated at the bottom of the list as being some of the worst cities in the country for motorists.

According to the report, the worst city for drivers in the country is Washington DC, where motorists have an average of 4.8 years between collisions. The average likelihood of a collision in this city is a staggering 109.3% higher than the national average. The national average between accidents is 10 years. In comparison, Miami drivers spend an average of just 6.3 years between accidents. The accident risk here is approximately 59.4% higher than the national average.

Motorists in Hialeah fare even worse. Here, they have just 5.6 years between accidents, and a collision likelihood that is 78.7% higher than the national average.

No Orlando car accident lawyer would be surprised by the fact that no Florida city features anywhere at the top of the list as being the best driving city in America.

Across the country, there has been a spike in the number of people being killed in traffic accidents. This increase in traffic accident fatalities, although very worrisome, is not really surprising. It is linked to an increase in the number of people involved in distracted driving accidents.

In 2012, there was an increase in the number of traffic accident fatalities in Florida, compared to the previous year. Florida continues to be among a handful of states that do not have laws against texting or cellphone use while driving. It's no wonder that our cities are ranked so poorly for highway safety.

AAA Predicts Increase in Thanksgiving Traffic This Year

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The AAA has predicted that there will be a slight increase in vehicular traffic this Thanksgiving, with approximately 39.1 million people expected to drive over the holiday. That is a 0.7% increase from the number of people who drove over the holiday last year.

The AAA expects 3.14 million people to take flights to their destinations this year. Overall, the AAA expects 42.6 million people to travel over Thanksgiving this year.

Those numbers are a steady improvement from back in 2008, when the economy was just beginning to tank, and there was widespread panic. That year, the number of people who traveled overall was just about 37.8 million people. Over the next couple of years, motoring traffic remained down, as people struggled to cope with rising costs, unemployment as well as high gas prices by cutting down on unnecessary or holiday travel.

Now, however, as the economy begins to recover, Orlando car accident lawyers expect an increase in travel, especially holiday travel and nonessential travel. That means more vehicles on the road.

This Thanksgiving, when there are more motorists in a hurry to reach their destination, it becomes even more imperative that people drive slowly, cautiously and avoid rash driving.

If you are among the thousands of motorists who will be driving across Florida this Thanksgiving, drive at low speeds, and drive defensively. With more motorists on the road, you cannot afford to be distracted. Switch off your cell phone and other electronic communication devices while driving. It goes without saying that you must avoid driving after having a few drinks, and stay at posted speed limits.

Study to Focus on Effectiveness of EOBRs in Preventing Accidents

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A new study that has just been commissioned by the federal administration will focus on whether electronic onboard recorders or EOBRs are effective in helping reducing the incidence of driver fatigue, and preventing truck accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced a grant to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute for the study. The study will analyze data from the Department of Transportation, in order to determine whether electronic onboard recorders have the kind of safety benefits that supporters claim.

Specifically, the researchers will analyze crashes involving trucks that were equipped with EOBRs, compared to those that were not. The study will also focus on the costs of these devices, as well as current usage around the country. Orlando trucking accident attorneys have supported the use of these devices in cases involving truckers who have had issues sticking to the work hour restrictions.

The federal administration is on a course to mandate electronic onboard recorders, and a transportation safety funding bill that was recently passed by Congress, includes provisions for this. However, the provision has been controversial, with many lawmakers expressing their opposition to it. Many lawmakers do not believe that electronic onboard recorders are the solution for issues involving truckers driving beyond the hours of service limitations.

The Owner - Operator Independent Drivers Association has been especially critical of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s attempts to mandate electronic onboard recorders for the entire trucking industry. Those efforts are expected to cost as much as $2 billion, and the Owner - Operator Independent Drivers Association says that it cannot meet those expenses. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that the $2 billion may be an overestimated figure. The agency believes that the cost of electronic onboard recorders has come down since the agency made that estimate. In fact, the agency has been looking at ways of reducing the costs to make the devices more affordable.

I-95 Most Dangerous Area for Truck Rollover Accidents in Florida

Monday, May 21, 2012

Interstate 95 and Interstate 10 are the 2 most truck rollover accident-prone areas in Florida, and accounted for 14 rollover accidents during the past decade. That information comes via a study conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute.

The Institute has generated a list of the most truck rollover accident-prone areas in the United States. In Florida, there were a total of 2,596 rollover accidents involving large commercial trucks and tractor trailers between 2001 and 2009. Out of these, 135 rollover accidents were fatal. The remaining 2461 accidents resulted in injuries.

The most dangerous area for truck rollovers seem to be Interstate 95 and Interstate 10, followed by the Florida Turnpike and US 27, where there were a total of 11 truck rollover accidents during the same period of time. Interstate 95 and Interstate 4 had 10 rollover accidents, during this period of time and US 27 at SR 29 saw 8 rollover accidents over the same period of time.

The other accident-prone magnets in Florida included S Bermuda Boulevard, Florida Turnpike and I-595, I-95 at Exit 38 A, Interstate 10 and US 90, US 17 and Interstate 75. The lowest number of truck accident rollovers occurred at Interstate 95 Exit 83, Donald Ross Road where there were 6 rollover accidents during the same period of time.

Truck rollover accidents are some of the most devastating accidents that Orlando truck accident attorneys see, although they comprise a small percentage of the number of 18-wheeler accidents in the US every year. These accidents can be devastating not just for the truck driver, but also the passenger vehicles in the vicinity.Many truck rollover accidents that occur in Florida involve vehicles carrying hazardous materials. There may be serious risks of environmental damage and chemical exposure when a tanker truck containing hazardous material is involved in a truck rollover.

Many of these rollovers can be averted if all tanker trucks come with electronic stability control systems, but the federal administration has failed to make these devices mandatory in all tanker trucks.

Efforts to Minimize Speeding, Aggressive Driving-Related Accidents in Florida This Summer

Sunday, March 25, 2012

With spring here and summer just a few weeks away, Orlando car accident lawyers expect a spike in vehicular traffic and accident risks across the state. The Florida Highway Patrol is increasing efforts to prevent accidents related to speeding and aggressive driving.

The Florida Highway Patrol is dedicating the week from March 30 to April 4 to a campaign focused on increasing awareness about the risks of aggressive driving. The aim is to ticket drivers who drive at excessive speeds, change lanes rashly, and follow larger vehicles like 18-wheelers too closely. The agency is having more troopers stationed at South Florida's busiest highways and roadways, to ticket motorists who drive aggressively.

The Florida Highway Patrol has also announced that it is partnering with the Florida Trucking Association in a special initiative aimed at encouraging motorists to avoid the blind spots of a commercial tractor-trailer. Every commercial tractor-trailer driver has a few blind spots in his vision. These spots usually fall to the sides and rear of the truck. Motorists traveling in these blind spots may be invisible to the tractor-trailer driver. That means that the motorist is at a high risk of colliding with the truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol-Florida Trucking Association’s No-Zone Campaign encourages motorists to avoid these blind spots. The campaign is also raising awareness about the need for motorists to avoid driving too close to tractor-trailers. The agency plans billboard campaigns as well as radio spots to get the message out. Similar education efforts will be made at schools and community centers.

Over the next few weeks, there will be more motorists than usual sharing the road with you. Avoid driving under the influence, and using cell phones while driving. Drive at safe speeds. Speeding is linked to at least 1/3rd of all accident fatalities every year.

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