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When Angry Drivers Collide: A Road Rage Tale

It was the road rage accident waiting to happen. Florida police are on the lookout for have arrested the driver of a Silver Mazda hatchback that had a literal run-in with a motorcycle. Police describe the incident, in Sarasota, as a road rage accident. And, given the motorists involved, it seems like a perfect description. Another traveler captured the roadway altercation on video from a safe distance.  In the video, the rider of the motorcycle is traveling alongside the car on a busy street. According to the Herald Tribune, the motorcycle rider said that someone in the car had thrown coins out the window, which...

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Change Your Mind TBI Awareness

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) wants to Change Your Mind. Actually, the advocacy organization wants to direct your attention to a condition that affects millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 2.5 million people suffer traumatic injuries to the brain every year. In order raise awareness of the problem and highlight support for victims, the BIAA has kicked off a two-year awareness campaign called Change Your Mind .    Types of Brain Injuries According to the CDC, TBIs contribute to about 30% of yearly injury-related deaths in America. Experts say that in addition to the...

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Takata Airbag Recall – What You Should Know

Orlando car accident attorneys note that the Takata airbag recall has become the "largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history" according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An estimated 42 million cars have been recalled so far in a 10-year-old saga of defective manufacturing, auto accidents, injuries and deaths, lawsuits and criminal convictions. Takata is a Japanese-based auto parts manufacturer with factories around the world that supply airbags to every major car maker. In 1988, Honda was the first to recall cars because of a potentially dangerous defect in the design of the airbags. Takata designed the airbags to deploy in...

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6 Main Causes of Florida Auto Accidents

A recent story in Slate Magazine points out that there are 6 million car accidents every year in the United States. Of those, Florida auto accidents account for nearly 88,000 statewide, and more than 7,000 Florida auto accidents happen in Orange County. The name of the ongoing I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project implies that Central Florida's busiest roadway will be safer. But in the meantime, construction confusion is actually causing more Orlando car accidents. While technology improvements and highway safety designs can help reduce car crashes, drivers cause most car accidents. The coming of self-driving vehicles is touted as a way to reduce...

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Bike Week! Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Motorcycle week was really Motorcycle Ten Days this year, according to organizers. Actually, Daytona Beach Bike Week, as it is officially known, has grown more subdued over the years. Officials had been bracing for excitement because the main motorcycle event coincided with spring break for a lot of college students. Each event on its own is usually enough to stress out public safety officials, but this year was mercifully pleasant for the most part. Lower than record attendance for both events and cooler weather accounted for the lack of calamity.   Florida Motorcycle Accidents Not to say that there weren't tragedies. Florida still leads...

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Lawyers, Self Driving Car Accidents

The video below is a jarring reminder of the price we as a society pay for material progress. Self-driving car accidents are comparatively rare, and so we pay more attention when they happen. Forty thousand people die every year in car accidents across the country. In Florida, car accidents kill 3,000 people every year. Autonomous driving is touted as the answer to all the carnage. Most car accidents happen because drivers make mistakes. Computers think and react faster and they don't get distracted or drunk. Self-driving car accidents have claimed a total of two lives since the serious real-world road testing began several...

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Are Self-Driving Cars in Your Future?

Recent news that an auto accident in which a self-driving car killed a pedestrian is raising questions about the safety of driverless vehicles. A 49-year-old Tempe, Arizona woman was struck by an autonomous Uber SUV. The SUV hit her while she was walking her bicycle across a street. While there was an operator behind the wheel, the SUV was driving in autonomous mode. Uber was testing the vehicle in Tempe, and most self-driving car developers have operators in cars during testing. Companies suppose that it lowers the chance of an auto accident. In addition to Arizona, Uber had been testing autonomous...

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Top 10 Malpractice: Diagnostic Errors

Medical malpractice attorneys in Orlando are not surprised by a new Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI) report. ECRI, a sort of Consumer Reports for medical devices, says that in its list of the top 10 patient safety dangers, misdiagnosis is number one. According to studies, doctors make the wrong diagnosis to as many as 1 in 20 patients. A recent report in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety says that adds up to about 12 million Americans misdiagnosed every year. “Diagnostic errors are not only common, but they can have serious consequences," says Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST, patient safety analyst, ECRI Institute. She...

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Regulations, Car Accidents, Saved Lives

In this era of deregulation, it's good to remember why regulations exist at all. For example, before the 1960's, the government did not generally force car makers to take steps to make safer automobiles. As the number of cars on America's roads continued to grow, the number of car accidents steadily rose. And more car accidents meant more car accident injuries and deaths. Seat belts used to be optional in most cars. Even then, the only type available was the standard lap belt, which led to many head and neck injuries. Most dashboards were metal and few cars came equipped with headrests....

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Bridge Safety: 1O Worst States

As yet another "Infrastructure Week" comes and goes in Washington, a pedestrian bridge collapse near Miami reminds us of the deadly price we pay for accidents, poor oversight, and shoddy construction. The structure, officially named Florida International University-Sweetwater University City Bridge, served as a walkway for students over a busy street. It was meant to make it safer for students to get back and forth to the Sweetwater neighborhood. As far as transportation accidents go, this was one of the most shocking. Police say 6 people were killed and 10 were injured by nearly 1,000 tons of falling concrete and steel. The...

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