During lockdowns, there were fewer cars and trucks on the roads. We might think this would cause fewer collisions, but in fact the opposite is true. The National Safety Council reported a 14% jump in fatal car collisions nationwide in 2020 and a sharp increase in commercial truck crashes, too.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there have been 5949 bicycle accidents reported in Florida so far this year, and 602 in Broward County alone. So far, there have been 163 fatalities from these collisions across the state. Unfortunately, Florida has the distinction of having one of the highest bicycle collision fatality rates in the country, and each year riders in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas are seriously injured or killed when their bikes collide with cars.
In Broward County, trucks are essential for commerce. They deliver goods to stores and businesses across the region and make deliveries to customers, too. Moving trucks, tanker trucks headed for construction sites, and large big rigs delivering shipments to stores are on the roads every day. While most trucks make their deliveries safely, the size of these trucks can lead to disastrous collisions.
If you have been in a collision with an 18-wheeler, big rig, or any commercial truck, you may have sustained serious injuries. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds and in a crash with a smaller passenger car, the occupants of the smaller car are at risk of catastrophic injury.
Each year, residents of Coral Gables and other South Florida communities contact the team at Flaxman Law Group after suffering serious injuries in car collisions involving tankers. Unfortunately, these crashes can cause serious and even permanent injury, and sometimes survivors have a challenging time getting a fair settlement from insurance companies unless they file a claim.
Tankers and trucks carry many types of cargo, but when drivers are transporting dangerous goods, they have a special obligation to act reasonably to prevent injuries. If you find a truck or car collision on your Hollywood property has caused a hazardous spill of materials, you and your household could be at risk and your property may be seriously damaged.
If you find yourself in this situation, contact a Hollywood car collision injuries attorney for a case consultation.
You don’t have to be in a car to suffer serious injuries in a car collision in Hollywood. Each year, people across South Florida are seriously injured or experience significant property damage when a vehicle crashes into their home or business.
In some cases, drivers are not paying attention or are impaired when they leave the roadway, jump over the sidewalk, and plow into private property. While homes and businesses close to the road are at risk, virtually anyone can suffer property damage in this type of collision.
In Parkland and across South Florida, car collisions can happen for any number of reasons. No matter why your collision has occurred, it can be an upsetting and life-altering experience. Knowing the most common types of accidents, however, can help you understand what you can do to prevent these collisions.
Common Car Collisions in Parkland
A study published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association studied federal election days between 1976 and 2007 and found that car collisions are more common during the voting hours on election day. In fact, 800 more people sustain serious injury and 24 more people sustain fatal injuries during voting hours on election day when compared with any other Tuesday during the months of November and October.
There are many types of car accidents which can occur on election day in Hollywood and across South Florida:
Seniors can be very safe drivers. They have years of experience behind the wheel and they are less likely to take part in dangerous driving or risky behaviors. That said, seniors do face additional challenges. They may develop medical conditions which affect their mobility driving ability, for example. The roads and even technology in cars may have also changed significantly since the they last received formal driving instruction.
For many families, it’s a difficult conversation to have: when should mom or dad give up their car keys? For many seniors, giving up their car keys is a serious worry because it affects their independence. If you as a family are having this discussion, there are a few things you can do to help keep your senior family member safer:
Being in a car crash in Homestead with one vehicle is intimidating, but being in a chain reaction crash or multi-vehicle collision can be even more confusing and dangerous. Chain reaction accidents can happen on highways, at intersections, and during traffic accidents.
Multi-vehicle crashes can lead to more serious injuries. There may be multiple points of impact. Some cars in the center may have passengers trapped inside. All of this can increase the risk of burn injuries, amputations, head injuries, and other serious injuries. Each time your car is impacted in a crash, you may sustain an injury.