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Easy to Get Hit by a Car in Orlando

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The traffic safety campaign Operation Best Foot Forward has launched its annual summer program reminding drivers that school's out. The program aims to reduce the chances of anyone getting hit by a car in Orlando and elsewhere in Orange County. During the campaign, the Orlando Police Department will team up with the Orange County Sheriff's Department to police crosswalks. The idea is to emphasize Florida's Driver Yield Law. The law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.  Plainclothes law enforcement officers from both departments will cross on foot at marked intersections. Police will give either tickets or warnings to motorists who do not...

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Distracted Driving Accidents

Orlando car accident lawyers are spending more and more time recovering losses for people injured in distracted driving accidents. Car accidents and injuries had been declining for years because of more and better safety features in cars. Seatbelts, airbags, and collision impact engineering had been steadily improving highway safety for decades. In 1972, nearly 55,000 Americans died on the nation's highways. Because of safety improvements, and a crackdown on drunk driving, that number had dipped to about 32,000 in 2010. Fatalities were declining at about 10% a year and It seemed that safety advocates were winning. But that all began to change with the...

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Orlando Police Car Wreck

Orlando police have identified the man whose joy ride ended in an Orlando police car wreck. Police say that a man who stole an Orlando police car and sped away is Alexander James Gonzales. He is from Largo, Florida, and had been a patient at Florida hospital. While the story in the Orlando Sentinel didn't mention the reason for the hospitalization, it said Gonzales was acting "frantic and paranoid." Gonzales was in a hospital gown when he got into an idle patrol car, flipped on the sirens and took off. He entered traffic at the corner of Prince Street and Orange Avenue, near...

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What Good are Car Accident Lawyers?

"Injured in a car accident?" You see those ads in Orlando and all over Central Florida.  Personal injury lawyers advertise on billboards, at bus stops, and on television. Auto accident attorneys urge you to call for a free consultation if you've been hurt in a car crash. The reason, of course, why you can't go anywhere in Orlando without seeing an ad for car crash lawyers, is because there are plenty of car and truck collisions in Central Florida every day. But if everyone has insurance, car insurance and medical insurance, why would you be looking for a good car accident attorney? One...

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Distracted Driving Crashes

 With distracted driving crashes due to increase with the coming summer, Florida authorities are waging a safety campaign. The Florida Highway Patrol says that there are more car accidents in June, July, and August. According to the Apopka Voice, the months between Memorial Day and Labor day make up the "100 deadliest days" for driving. Teen drivers are responsible for the rise. Crashes involving teenagers kill about 10 people a day during the period. “The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash...

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Street Racing Accidents on Rise

As if Central Florida car accidents weren't common enough, the dangerous pastime of illegal street racing is making a comeback. The Orlando Sentinal reports that illegal street racing accidents and injuries are on the rise. The Orange County Sheriff's office is working to curb the reckless and dangerous fad. One hot spot is Orange Blossom Trail, where race car driver wannabees gather at midnight. Police say that the reckless roadsters come from all over Central Florida, including Polk, Volusia, and Osceola counties. Street racers initially favored the area because of the straightaways and lightly populated neighborhoods. But as the area has developed,...

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Wrong Way Car Accidents

The recent death of a father of a former pastor and father of ten who was killed by a wrong-way driver in Orlando has renewed focus on wrong-way car accidents. The Orlando Sentinel reports that driver Nelson-Enrique Molina, 31, somehow drove the wrong way down I-4 east near South Street early Monday morning. Police say Orlando Rivera, 52, died at the scene. In an earlier incident, a Clermont woman tried to warn another driver that he was going the wrong way.  Savanna Fox was driving north on US 27 in Lake County when she saw a man driving parallel to her. He was driving on the wrong...

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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

  It's Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a reminder that we can prevent motorcycle accidents. Last year, there were about 9,000 motorcycle crashes in Florida. Florida is the most dangerous state for motorcycle accidents. While only 3 in 100 registered vehicles are motorcycles, deaths from motorcycle crashes account for one in five Florida accident fatalities. Statewide, more than 600 people die in motorcycle crashes every year.   How to Avoid Motorcycle Crashes Motorcyclist site RideApart.com offers some advice for motorcycle drivers. One of the most common dangers for cyclists is a car turning left in from of you. Part of the problem is that most car drivers are...

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Florida Tesla Accident

Another Florida Tesla accident, this one claiming the lives of two teenagers. Fort Lauderdale Police say that two 18-year-old high school students from Aventura were killed and a third critically injured in the car crash.  The Sun-Sentinal reported that witnesses described a horrific scene as the car hit a wall, caught fire, and continued for hundreds of feet. Larry Groshart, who lived in the house next to the crash scene told the Sentinal that "I heard the tires squealing and saw the vehicle hit and sideswipe" a wall. “I saw it hit the second wall, a rounded wall, and saw it immediately burst into flames.”  The...

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Move Over for an Auto Accident

James Savage Jr., of  The Villages, south of Ocala, recently told his hometown paper why giving a wide berth to first responders at a roadside auto accident is important to him.  Savage's father, a Connecticut State Trooper, was 42 years old when he was killed while helped a stranded motorist. "I beg of you to ‘Move Over’ when you see flashing lights,” Savage told Villages-News.com. “It’s been hard, he missed my graduation and prom...

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