Monthly Archives: August 2010

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Tracks Crashes by Age Group

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles tracks the ages of drivers involved in crashes and fatal wrecks. Search our database to see which drivers have the highest and lowest crash rates since 1994. For example, in 2008, in the age group of 20-24: 1,286,372 licenses were issued. In that same year and age group, there were 45,518 drivers in all crashes and 546 fatal crashes – with a fatality rate of 0.42. On the other hand, in 1994 and in the same age group, ages 20-24, there were 1,019,642 licenses issued. 42,798 of those drivers were in … Continue reading

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What Is the Law in Florida Regarding Following Too Closely – Rear End Automobile Accidents?

The law in Florida regarding vehicles following too closely falls under Title XXIII, Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316, State Uniform Traffic Control, sec. 316.0895 – Following too closely. Pursuant to this statute, drivers shall not follow another motor vehicle more closely than is reasonably prudent. Drivers shall also have the due regard of the speed of such vehicles, as well as the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway. If you are driving a motor vehicle that is towing another vehicle and are traveling upon a roadway outside a business or residence district, you may not follow within 300 feet … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Crash Claims Life of Biker in Tampa – Dangers of Left Turns Into Right of Ways of Bikers in Florida

Man fails to yield, kills motorcyclist. The loss of this man’s life is a tragedy for his family and his community. Although accidents are inevitable to occur on Florida’s roads, we, as drivers, can reduce the risk of having a collision by practicing simple driving safety precautions: Pay attention to road signs and your surrounding area and environment. If you are driving in poor weather conditions, take extra caution and yield to other drivers. The safer you drive, the safer you make Florida’s highways.

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Mims, Florida Automobile Accident – Dump Truck Skids Across Interstate 95

Dump truck and van collide on I-95 in Mims, Florida, killing one man. The loss of this man’s life is a tragedy for his family and his community. Hopefully, the other two victims make a full and quick recovery. Interstate travel can be very dangerous – drivers are driving at a faster speeds and with less stops. Therefore, it is important to not engage in distracted-driving by talking or texting on your cell phone, wear your safety belt and pay attention to road signs as well as other drivers on the road.

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University of Florida Student Suffers Serious Left Hand – Upper Extremity Injury at UF Equine Research Center

UF student severs hands at UF Equine Research Center. Hopefully, Courtney Mason will have a full and quick recovery. Dealing with animals, although fun and educational, is inherently dangerous. Horses are strong and unpredictable animals, therefore, adults, and especially children and young adults, need to take extreme caution while around horses.

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An Arlington (Jacksonville Florida) Teenage Girl Hit By Car in Jacksonville

On Monday afternoon a 13-year-old girl was injured after trying to cross the 4 lane University Blvd. near Jacksonville University. At approximately 3:00 p.m., the girl was crossing University Blvd. heading east towards the Public Library and Gazebo Shopping Center. As she made her way across the roadway, a woman driving a Mazda Protege saw her and attempted to avoid hitting the girl by swerving the vehicle. The teenager’s body crashed into the windshield and subsequently hit the top of the vehicle. The teenage girl survived, without life threatening injuries. Her condition has not been updated. The driver of the … Continue reading

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Green Cove Springs Bicyclist Injured at Orange Park Junior High

The bicyclist, Joshua Galetta, was airlifted to Shands for injuries suffered when a 2002 Lexus collided with Galetta’s bicycle. Joshua Galetta, a Green Cove Springs resident, turned off the sidewalk and into the Orange Park Junior High parking lot when he was hit by a car driven by school employee, Marilyn Duke. Reports indicate that Galetta, upon entering the parking lot, turned into Duke’s vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and charges are currently pending. While Florida bicycle laws do not require anyone over the age of 16 to wear a safety helmet, but the 33-year-old, Galetta, was wearing one. Florida … Continue reading

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Dangers of High Energy Drinks, Alcohol and Driving in Florida

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Automobile Accident Victim Taking Steps Following Serious Personal Injuries in St. Augustine, Florida

After a three-car collision, one of the survivors of the crash is walking for the first time since the accident. Gail Marston, a 66-year-old retired employee from the Duval County School Board, was trying out her new prosthetic leg at a rehabilitation center in St. Augustine, Florida. Marston was driving a blue pickup-truck that T-boned a Lexus, driven by Donalynn Frank, a St. Augustine resident and licensed social worker. Frank, 54, died at the scene. Frank was driving southbound on U.S. 1 when she was struck from behind by a Pontiac Vibe, driven by Daniel Doyle Rocca, a Gainesville resident … Continue reading

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Driving Near Semi Tractor Trucks and Other Large Trucks in Florida – Safety Tips

Driving on Florida highways is always dangerous. However, serious dangers are presented when you or someone you are with are driving close to a semi tractor or other large trucks. Following these tips will increase your safety as you encounter semi-tractor trailers on Florida highways: 1. Large trucks and semis behave differently from other cars – stay attentive. 2. Avoid a truck’s blind spots. If you cannot see their side-mirrors, they cannot see you! 3. Do not cut off semi tractors or other large trucks because they require a longer distance and take a longer time to stop. 4. When … Continue reading

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