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November 2016 Archives

New 'Quiet Car' safety rules could protect pedestrians

Pedestrians and bikers are some of the most vulnerable people on the road, and a new safety requirement from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may help protect pedestrians from danger.

States including Florida pass marijuana legislation on Election Day

With the new election results, many changes are coming nationwide. Not only is the country getting a new president, but several states passed legislation to allow the recreational usage of marijuana, and several approved or loosened restrictions on medical marijuana, including Florida. It's a move that's a boon for pro-marijuana legalization groups and for those who support decriminalization of marijuana usage and possession.

SnapChat video of speeding driver illustrates rise of social media in accident cases

A 10-second SnapChat video is giving law enforcement officials an inside look into a horrifying crash that occurred late last night. A 22-year-old man was driving far in excess of the speed limit when his car crashed into another vehicle in Tampa late last month.

Traumatic brain injuries common in car accidents

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have gotten a lot of attention publicly lately, due to issues that athletes and other public figures have suffered. But did you know that sports are actually a fairly uncommon way to get a TBI, and that falls and motor vehicle accidents are the more likely sources? Falls make up 40.5 percent of TBI and motor vehicle accidents make up 14.3 percent.

Hit and Run Accidents

  • The driver is always required to stop either at the scene of the accident or, if that is not safe, as close as safely possible.
  • If the accident results in bodily or property damage each driver is required to provide the other drivers with their name, address, and the registration number of their vehicle. They must also provide their license to the other drivers if asked. Additionally, if someone was injured in the crash the others involved must provide him or her with reasonable assistance in traveling to medical assistance.
  • In the event that there is no other driver available to give the above-mentioned information to, then this information must be given to the nearest police officer.
  • Anyone involved in an accident with property where the owner is not present, they must leave a note, securely and in plain sight with the driver's contact information. The driver must also notify the nearest police officer or law enforcement agency of the crash.

What are the possible penalties of a hit and run conviction?