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The accuracy of a preliminary breath test isn't guaranteed

Drivers here in Florida and across the country are given the impression that breath tests administered on the side of the road are an accurate way of determining whether someone is drunk. These tests provide police officers with the probable cause they need to make a DUI arrest. Many people may even decide not to fight the charges since the preliminary breath test indicated that their blood alcohol concentration was at or above the state's legal limit of .08.

Popularity of SUVs may lead to fatal pedestrian accidents

It may go without saying that when it comes to a collision between a pedestrian in Florida and an automobile, the pedestrian is most likely to come off worse for wear. After all, the human body is simply no match for a vehicle weighing several tons. Auto-pedestrian accidents are tragic, and according to one government report, are on the rise.

Florida drivers should not multitask while behind the wheel

Multitasking might be a good attribute to have in the workplace, but it is not such a good idea to try to multitask while driving. Motorists in St. Augustine may be confident that they can eat, chat with other passengers or even use their cellphones while driving. Unfortunately, any of these actions could pose a danger to them and others on the road should an unexpected hazard develop.

Semi-truck driver dies in crash on I-95 in Florida

Most motorists on Interstate 95 will be traveling alongside a commercial vehicle at some point during their journey. In addition, most people in Florida have seen stories on the nightly news where a semi-truck causes a catastrophic accident. However, as one recent incident shows, while semi-truck drivers sometimes cause accidents, it is not unknown for semi-truck drivers to be victims of crashes caused by other drivers.

Drunk driving crash in Florida ends in tragedy

There are many reasons why a person in St. Augustine might enjoy a beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail. They may be at happy hour after work, at a party, at a ball game or simply enjoying a night out on the town. However, not all motorists drink responsibly, and some may cause an accident.

Who can be held liable in commercial vehicle accidents?

Businesses in Florida rely on semi-trucks to deliver their goods across the nation, making these large commercial vehicles a common sight on the state's highways. However, it takes a great deal of skill to handle one of these behemoth vehicles. One wrong move could lead to disaster. When a person is injured in a crash involving a commercial vehicle, they may incur substantial damages that they wish to recover through a personal injury lawsuit.

Florida is one of top states for hit-and-run crashes

When a motorist is in a car crash, certain steps are usually taken. The motorist will call for medical help, if necessary, call for the police to make an official report and exchange insurance information. While no one expects when they leave their homes that they will be involved in a car accident, the fact of the matter is that many people in St. Augustine are involved in car crashes every day.

Two semi-trucks in Florida involved in crash with a horse

When a person is driving in an agricultural or rural area in Florida, it is not unusual to see animals on the side of the road. However, if these animals are let loose, they could pose a danger to motorists. For example, one unusual accident involved two semi-trucks and a horse and left one man seriously injured.

Are field sobriety tests proof that you are driving impaired?

When police pull you over, whether because they suspect you have been drinking or for an unrelated reason, they are constantly using their powers of observation to detect if you are impaired behind the wheel. The friendly banter in which they engage you as you roll down your window is really a method of observing your speech patterns, your demeanor and any tell-tale odors on your breath.

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