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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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Is Nursing Home Abuse Malpractice?

Is this a case for Orlando medical malpractice lawyers? You figure the Florida nursing home where your mother is staying is safe and clean. You assume that the management hires the best people and that supervisors keep an eye on them. You think the government has strict resident safety rules in place and enforces them. Then one day you go visit and your mother is sleeping soundly.  You can't seem to get her to wake up. You think maybe it's just old age. Another resident sees you shaking your head and says, in almost a whisper, "It's all those pills." This...

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Five Worst Orlando Nursing Homes

Orlando personal injury attorneys often have to get involved in nursing home abuse cases after the damage is done. A resident's relatives turn to nursing home abuse lawyers when they see the results of mistreatment. With nursing home neglect and abuse on the increase, the best thing you can do when the time comes to place a loved one in a nursing home is research. Today there are many tools easily available to people who want to find the best possible arrangements for a relative in need of nursing home care. It's easier than ever to avoid Florida' worst nursing homes. Spending more...

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Avoiding Medical Negligence

Medical negligence lawyers in Orlando may have an idea about which Central Florida hospitals are the safest. But to lower your chances of becoming a client of a personal injury attorney due to hospital error, you should do a lot of research. Medical malpractice can be devastating. You don't always get to choose which hospital you wind up in. If you are seriously injured in a truck accident or get hit by a car, you go to the nearest trauma center. But if you are considering elective surgery, or have a choice of local hospitals to visit, how do you choose? You...

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