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Long drives in South Florida bring with them extra hazards. Whether you’re driving in Hollywood, Homestead, Miami, across the state, or across the country, the longer you drive the more at risk you are of mechanical breakdowns, fatigue, distractions, and other dangers.

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Long drives are a part of life. You may take long trips for college, to see friends and family, to head on vacation, as part of a move, or for any number of reasons. When you hit the road, these tips can keep you safer behind the wheel:

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Broadside crashes, also known as T-bone accidents, are common in Homestead, Hollywood, and across South Florida. These accidents occur when the front end of one vehicle impacts with the side of another car or truck. These collisions tend to be interaction accidents, occurring when drivers fail to yield right-of-way or when someone runs a stop sign or red light.

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Unfortunately, T-bone collisions often lead to severe injuries. Since there is little crumble zone and less space between passengers and the side of the car when compared with passengers and the rear or front of a vehicle, it is more likely that passengers will be directly impacted. Many cars have side-impact airbags to offer some protection, but at full speeds at an intersection a truck or car crashing into a driver side or passenger side can still cause devastation.

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We already know that motorcycle accidents in Homestead and other communities mean risk. Motorcyclists have fewer layers of protection than drivers—there’s no air bag, enclosed frame, seat belt, and other car safety system to protect them. But does that mean motorcycle accidents can lead to more injuries when compared with car crashes?

 

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According to a new study conducted by researchers from Sunnybrook Hospital and the University of Toronto, motorcycle accidents may indeed be deadlier. The large-scale study examined 281,826 people injured in car crashes and 26,831 individuals hurt in motorcycle collisions. The results showed that those in motorcycle accidents had three times the rate of injury when compared with patients injured in cars. In addition, motorcycle accident patients had injuries ten times more likely to be severe when compared with car collision victims.

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Traffic accidents in Homestead, Miami, Hollywood, and other communities are one of the leading causes of injury and fatalities in Southern Florida. While you cannot change how other motorists drive, there are several things you can do this year to reduce your risk of accidents and injuries over the next twelve months:

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For teenagers, car accidents remain the leading cause of death. In many cases, these fatalities are preventable, but despite the fact that many resources are available to help teens, this age group can be hard to reach. Young drivers in Homestead and other parts of Florida may be at risk of car collisions because they are still developing their skills and because they face considerable peer pressure to take risks on the road.

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Parents, loved ones, and other adults can help. If you have a teen driver in your life, there are several things you can do:

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With just a little over a week until the end of the year, are you looking for a few final gifts for loved ones and friends in Homestead and Florida? If you have friends who drive, you can use your presents to give them the gift of safety all year long.

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We have a few suggestions to take care of those final items on your to-do list:

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Now that the holidays are around the corner, it’s time to get serious about safe holiday driving. The extra pressures and dangers of this season can mean an increased risk of car accidents in Homestead and Florida and this is a devastating time of year to be injured.

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There are many reasons why this time of year is more accident prone. Hectic schedules and more cars on the road due to holiday shopping and events can mean frayed tempers and distraction. In addition, holiday parties increase the likelihood of drunk driving. Even though in Florida we are fortunate not to have to deal with winter and snow, we still have plenty of hazards. Here’s how to stay safer during this special time of year:

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If you live in Homestead or are visiting the community and get into a car accident, insurance may help you pay for car repairs and medical care for broken bones and other physical injuries. However, if you have been in a traffic accident, you also need to consider trauma and your emotional health.

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According to some research studies, car collisions can lead to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and some accident survivors experience a wide range of symptoms, including disrupted sleep, changes in eating habits, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, personality changes, and more. The emotional impact following a car crash can be as debilitating as any physical injury, but getting help for trauma can be more difficult.

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According to some cyber security experts, modern cars may pose a new crash risk because of the use of software and modern technology in the vehicles. As cars become more autonomous and include more technology, security experts have said hackers can start accessing cars with high connectivity. According to some authorities on the subject, cars can be used to cause accidents or can even be weaponized.

Cars built since 2005 already have the technology to be hacked. In fact, some researchers from New York University have stated some car accidents may already be caused in part by hacking or software issues. We simply have not been checking for this cause of accidents.

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Some people who are injured in car crashes in Hollywood and Florida are injured through no fault of their own. Even if you are a very careful driver, other motorists may make poor decisions which cause serious injuries for you and your passengers. However, you are not totally without control. There are ways you can stay in the driver’s seat and at least reduce your risk of a car crash:

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