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Semi-truck driver killed while aiding car accident victims

There are times in our lives when we must rely on the kindness of others when things go wrong. This is especially true when it comes to driving, as many unexpected events can lead to a car accident. Some accidents are minor, resulting in property damage but no serious injuries. However, other accidents can be severe, resulting in serious injuries or even fatalities. In any case, when other drivers in Florida come to the aid of car accident victims, they should not be harmed themselves in the process. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

Recently, a good Samaritan simply trying to assist victims of a car accident on Interstate 95 ended up losing his life in the process. A red vehicle was heading due north on I-95 in Volusia County when the motorist attempted to change lanes and struck an SUV from behind. The SUV then struck a guardrail and flipped over. The driver of the red vehicle kept driving.

Federal rules aim to prevent truck driver fatigue

As people in Florida head out on their family road trips this summer, they will surely find themselves in the company of semi-trucks on the highways. These massive vehicles take a good deal of training to handle. Moreover, their large size means that due to sheer physics, any accident involving a semi-truck has the potential to be catastrophic. It is important, then, that semi-truck drivers stay as safe as possible while behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, some semi-truck drivers are incentivized financially to make as many deliveries as possible, as quickly as possible. This can lead to driver fatigue, which is a very dangerous situation. The federal government recognizes this, and has regulations regarding how long a truck driver can be on the road before they must stop for a rest.

Florida tourist dies in hit-and-run accident

Many people flock to Florida's beaches and amusement parks every year on family vacations. These are supposed to be happy times where life-long memories will be made. However, one vacation turned tragic when a 58-year-old tourist in Florida recently lost his life after being involved in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident.

The incident occurred on the final day the victim and his family were vacationing in the state. The family was on their way to a restaurant when they stopped by the westbound side of the road so the victim's wife could take a photograph of the victim standing next to a sign with boats in the background. When the victim then went to open the door of his vehicle, he was hit by a motorist heading due west. The motorist fled the scene of the crash. The victim was sent to an area medical center, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

It's only whiplash, how bad can it be?

Have you ever been in a rear-end collision? If you have, even if the crash did not seem very severe, you likely experienced some negative effects on your body. Maybe you still are. Whiplash is, by many people in Florida and elsewhere, not thought to be a big deal. The truth is, though, it can have long-lasting consequences.

Whiplash injuries can be anywhere from minor to severe in nature. They can have temporary effects, cause pain or other issues for years after the event, or even result in you experiencing symptoms for the rest of your life. What exactly is whiplash? What causes it? How can one treat it?

Hit-and-run accidents in Florida on the increase since 2012

Being involved in a car crash can be a frightening situation for all involved, especially if it was a serious accident involving severe injuries or fatalities. Drivers in such situations may be tempted to simply leave the scene of the crash, particularly when they were at fault. In fact, the number of hit-and-run crashes in Florida has become a real problem.

For five years now, the number of hit-and-run car accidents has increased in Florida. In 2012, there were approximately 72,000 hit-and-run accidents in the state. Four years later in 2016, that number rose to approximately 99,000. In fact, 25 percent of all accidents in the state in 2016 were hit-and-run crashes.

How does being intoxicated affect one's driving abilities?

This past Fourth of July meant fireworks and parties as people in St. Augustine and across the United States celebrated our nation's independence. Many of these celebrations, whether they are at the beach or at a block party, included alcohol as part of the festivities. While most people drink responsibly, there are always those who will want to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking too much, which can be a very dangerous activity.

Alcohol can impair one's ability to drive in a number of negative ways. First of all, after consuming alcohol, a person's reaction time is reduced. This means that they will not be able to react as quickly to traffic conditions. By not being able to react to unexpected events that are part and parcel with driving, a drunk driver can cause a car accident.

Florida hit and run car accidents can be harder to recover for

Being the victim of a car accident is difficult. The stress that comes with the adrenaline rush during the crash often lingers after the fact, leaving one feeling tired and spent, emotionally and physically. Then, there's dealing with any injury that has occurred, which often means having to rely on others' help to get out of a vehicle, or to a medical facility. But what happens when one is left alone after an accident? When the other driver involved simply drives away, leaving the victim there to deal with the aftermath, the situation can become catastrophic.

In Florida, about one quarter of accidents involve a hit and run. While most of these only result in property damage, there are plenty of injury accidents in which one driver flees as well. In this situation, obviously the first thing to do is to make sure the injured victim is taken care of. Getting the person who was hurt medical attention is always first priority. But, anyone who witnessed the accident may want to think about writing down a license plate number or other descriptive information so that the potentially liable party may be found later.

Truck collision sends 2 to hospital

St. Augustine drivers know that Interstate 95 is a busy place. Being a main federal highway that stretches from Miami up to Boston, it is used by hundreds of thousands of vehicles, of all shapes and sizes. In St. John's County, one can often find large trucks hauling their goods both North toward Jacksonville and south to Miami. Add in the high speeds cars usually travel on a major highway like I-95, and some wet roads, and the chances of a serious collision can increase significantly.

Unfortunately, this was the case recently when an older man in a Hyundai Elantra lost control of his vehicle and hit not one, but two, semi-tractor-trailers while traversing I-95 near St. Augustine. According to police, the 79-year-old attempted to pass a truck near the U.S. 1 exit in the southbound lanes, and swerved into the path of the truck after losing control. His Hyundai contacted the semi, then hit the median guardrail and continued into the northbound side of the divided highway. In doing so, the Elantra side-swiped a northbound tractor-trailer, causing that truck to crash.The wreck not only shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 for hours, but also sent two participants to the hospital, including the 79-year-old and the driver of the second truck, a 64-year-old man. Police cited the driver of the Hyundai for travelling at too high a speed given the conditions.

What is negligence in a car accident?

Any St Augustine resident who has been involved in a car accident understands the traumatic experience it can be. The adrenaline that shoots through the bloodstream during the event can leave one feeling absolutely drained afterwards, and that's disregarding any actual injuries suffered in the crash. Attempting to make sense of it is difficult, especially if serious injuries resulted. The question of "why me" can be even more pronounced if the accident was caused by someone else's negligence.

Many of us have heard the term negligence in common parlance, but it is important to understand that it has a very specific meaning when it comes to legal issues. It is generally a civil cause of action, or tort, and consists of several parts, or elements. It is these elements that have to be shown to have been present in order to generally hold someone else responsible for a victim's car accident injuries.

What happens when semi-trucks become automated?

If you are enamored with the prospect of being behind the wheel of a self-driving car, you are certainly not alone. Buyers are lining up in droves to purchase the Model S and the Model X from Tesla, the American automaker producing high-end, zero emission vehicles. The “semi-automatic” auto pilot function will guide the car with minimal input from the driver. So the next time you pass a Tesla on the street or on I-95, you may wonder who’s driving: the car or the driver.

If you are fearful of such vehicles, consider this: just like the race to make autonomous cars mainstream,  automated trucks may be seen on American highways in short order. In fact, a scene out of the movie “Logan” gives us a glimpse into the future.

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