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Service Patrol worker injured in Florida crash

Seeing orange cones on the Interstate can make a driver's blood pressure rise, especially if traffic is already congested. However, drivers must keep calm and abide by the rules of the road in construction zones. A recent incident on Interstate 95 in Florida illustrates what can happen when drivers do not operate their vehicles with care.

A Road Rangers Service Patrol worker was sent to the hospital with critical injuries after being hit by a car on I-95. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the worker was picking up traffic cones when the driver of a BMW was forced out of his lane by a second vehicle near a closed lane of traffic. The driver of the BMW told police he saw the worker's vehicle and attempted to avoid a collision. However, when the BMW swerved onto the shoulder of the Interstate, it struck the worker.

Drunk driving incidents decreasing in the Miami-Dade area

South Florida is a popular place for tourists and locals alike to have a good time. Whether it is at the beach, a night out on the town, or at a party, many people will raise a glass and toast to good friends and good times. However, according to a recent report, more people in the Miami-Dade area are finding a responsible way to get home when too much drinking has led to intoxication.

Over the past four years, drunk driving arrests have gone down significantly in the Miami-Dade area. The number of drivers arrested for DUI dropped 65 percent in 2017 from 2013. More than 1,500 drivers in Miami-Dade were arrested for DUI between 2013 and 2015. However, in 2017, that number sat at just under 600. Also, Miami police arrested just over 460 drivers for drunk driving in 2013. However, by 2015, that number dropped 31 percent and has stayed there.

Can you sue following a bus accident in Florida?

Buses are a common sight in St. Augustine and across the state. Whether they are passenger buses, tour buses or school buses, Florida residents expect that those operating the buses will do so in a responsible matter. Buses are a type of common carrier and must demonstrate the standard of care expected of a common carrier.

Common carriers are held to a high standard of care. They must exercise the diligence and care towards their riders that a reasonable driver would under similar circumstances. If they fail to meet this standard of care and cause an accident, they could face liability.

Massive pile-up on I-10 in Florida injures eight

Residents of St. Augustine may not see much wintery weather. However, heavy rain could occur any time of the year in Florida. Driving in a torrential downpour can be difficult. When one's visibility is reduced, it is important to drive with due care, even if this means driving under the speed limit. Speeding or failing to pay attention to those around you could result in a car accident.

For example, a massive car crash involving 45 vehicles recently occurred on Interstate 10 in Tallahassee. The accident began when a semi-truck swerved to avoid an automobile during a heavy rainstorm. The semi-truck jackknifed, leading to the pile-up. Five semi-trucks were involved in the collision, and eight people suffered injuries. A motorcyclist sustained critical injuries in the accident. In total, 18 separate collisions occurred.

The Florida college scene: Is alcohol causing your problems?

Thousands of young adults attend college in Florida. Perhaps you're one of many in-state students who commute or attend a school not far from your home town. You may also be one of many who come to St. Augustine or a nearby region to go to college from the West Coast or somewhere else in the United States. You're likely to meet diverse groups of people while you're in school. You'll also find you have things in common with some.

Something many college students seem to have in common is a drinking habit. It's no secret that even on dry campuses, alcohol consumption is a big problem when students break the rules, get too rowdy or run into trouble with local law enforcement off-campus. If you're part of the social drinking scene in college, you're at risk for such problems. Understanding the underlying reasons many college students drink may help you make responsible choices.

1984 pedestrian safety law saved thousands of lives in Florida

The Sunshine State is well known for its many tourist attractions and pleasant temperatures during the winter months. This means that many people flock to Florida in the summer as tourists or in the winter as a way to escape the cold. Whether one is a resident of the state, a tourist or a "snow bird," it is not unusual for people in Florida to take to the streets on foot, despite the fact that Florida has the dubious honor of being one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians.

The Florida legislature addressed this issue in 1984 by enacting a law that mandated that most road construction projects must include routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. Over three decades later, a study was conducted by a researcher at the University of Georgia to determine whether this law made the state safer for pedestrians.

Tips to follow if one is run off the road by a 'phantom driver'

It can happen in a split second. One minute you are driving down the road safely, when out of the blue, another car swerves into your lane. To avoid being struck by that driver, you end up veering off the road, striking a fence, tree, or, even worse, another motorist. Then, the driver who caused you to take evasive action simply flees the scene. These types of accidents are referred to as phantom driver accidents, and they can differ in numerous ways from a typical two-vehicle crash in Florida.

Phantom driver accidents can vary greatly. Therefore, insurance claims involving them can become more complicated. The following steps can help those involved in phantom driver crashes who are seeking compensation.

Intoxicated drivers should be held accountable in a crash

Summer fun means different things to different people. For some people, it means taking a road trip or going camping. To others, it is simply spending the day at the beach or pool. Whatever the occasion, people in Florida will often toast to summer with a drink or two. However, when one drink becomes two and then three or more, a person can easily become drunk. Intoxicated people do not always make responsible decisions, and one of the worst decisions they can make is to try to drive while drunk.

Drunk driving accidents can be more serious than those involving sober drivers. After causing a crash, a drunk driver might be argumentative or might not even be aware of the damage they inflicted on others. It is important that victims of drunk driving accidents do what is necessary to protect their rights as they seek compensation.

Drunk driver strikes St. Augustine pedestrian

Most people understand that it is dangerous to drive under the influence. Unfortunately, despite all the public initiatives and warnings, there will still be people in Florida who engage in drunk driving. They may not think they are intoxicated, or even worse, they may think they are a better driver when drunk. In either case, if they cause a drunk driving accident, they could seriously injure other individuals.

A St. Augustine man was recently hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The incident began when a woman was heading northbound on U.S. 1, when she struck another automobile from behind. The collision forced that automobile onto the shoulder of the road, where it struck the victim. He was hospitalized and is listed in serious condition. The driver and passengers of the vehicle that was rear-ended also suffered minor injuries and were hospitalized. The woman who caused the collision has been charged with DUI and reckless driving.

What is DUI school?

If you find yourself facing a drugged or drunk driving charge, you may have a lot of questions about potential penalties and alternative sentencing options. The state of Florida does offer DUI school to certain offenders as a way to minimize consequences and help people get their licenses back.

Who qualifies for DUI school? What does this program entail? What happens if I fail to complete the course?

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