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Will motor vehicle accidents increase with daylight savings time?

In just a few weeks, people across the nation will be setting their clocks ahead to begin Daylight Saving Time. Many people complain that it is bothersome to make the switch and generates fatigue. Some scientists recently released a study that it may also be dangerous. They claim that the clock shift increases the risk of fatal motor vehicle accidents. The state of Florida is considering whether to eliminate DST altogether and studies like this one may encourage lawmakers to pursue the change.

The study looked at over 730,000 recorded accidents over a period of 21 years. They considered incidents from all over the country, though they eliminated the two states that don't follow DST. When accounting for certain controls, the researchers say that the rate of fatal accidents went up the week after DST began each year. Even when DST changed from April to March, the rise still occurred.

State laws try to address cellphone use behind the wheel

Most people cannot go anywhere without their portable electronic devices, particularly their phones, in hand. As so many accidents have happened due to people using cellphones while behind the wheel, the state has passed laws to help prevent such incidents. Most recently, in early 2019, the Wireless Communications While Driving Law was passed, which deals directly with the holding of cellphones while driving.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, this new law took effect on July 1. It says a lot, but the gist of it is that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while manually entering numbers, letters or symbols into a phone, whether a person is making a call or sending a message. There are very few exceptions to this rule.

Criminal defense likely needed for charge of DUI manslaughter

Though it often seems otherwise, it is not uncommon for everyday people to have an intoxicated driving charge in their past. Consumption of alcohol as part of social gatherings is a normal part of life for many, and that sometimes results in a DUI. Having this type of charge on one's record can be more serious than some people realize, so it is important that an accused person considers options for criminal defense very carefully. One Florida man may need to do just that after police claim that he caused a fatal accident due driving under the influence.

Officers say that the recent weekend morning crash happened at the intersection of a highway and local road. A passenger vehicle was waiting at a traffic signal when, police say, it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. A female passenger seated in the back of the car died, and three other people -- including a child -- had to be rushed to hospitals for treatment.

The added complications of a truck accident

One of the most disruptive and complicated matters to deal with is a motor vehicle accident. Following a collision, you may have weeks or months of inconveniences as you haggle with insurance companies, police and auto repair mechanics. Even more complicated is an accident in which you suffer injuries. You may be handling these matters from a hospital bed or on crutches.

If your accident involved a tractor-trailer, you can expect to multiply these troubles many times. Most critically, you will likely have much more serious injuries or even the sorrow of losing a loved one. The aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident can be much more complicated than a collision with a passenger vehicle.

Fatal motor vehicle accident on New Year's Day.

There's never a good time to have a car crash, but it seems especially tragic when it happens on a holiday. The New Year is normally a time that is filled with promise and excitement for the future. Sadly, one Florida family is likely mourning the loss of one of their own after a man died in a recent motor vehicle accident on New Year's Day. 

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the crash happened on the evening of New Year's Day. Officers say that a driver was traveling in the wrong lane, heading westbound for unknown reasons. His car allegedly stuck another one head-on. The second car spun and apparently hit another vehicle traveling the same direction. 

Sharing the road with teenagers could put you in danger

When Florida families gain a new teenage driver, they may do so with trepidation. While they may be happy that he or she has reached this milestone in life, they also worry that something bad could happen.

Statistics indicate that the biggest threat to a teenager's life is a motor vehicle accident. In 2017, emergency rooms saw around 300,000 teenagers who suffered injuries in crashes. That same year, 2,364 teenagers died in crashes.

Limiting your vulnerability at intersections

The news media tends to give the public a false perception that the largest number of motor vehicle accidents happen on highways and interstates. While many crashes do occur on those roadways, they do not make up the largest percentage of accidents. Instead, statistics show that around half of all crashes happen at intersections.

It's easy to see why, since traffic is traveling in four directions, people are trying to beat yellow lights, and some people fail to pay adequate attention and keep moving even when they need to stop. This makes you particularly vulnerable at intersections. Understanding the reasons behind many of these accidents and steps you can take to avoid them could help keep you safe.

3 women die in Florida Christmas Eve car accident

Any time of the year is a horrible time to experience a car crash, but when one happens during the winter holidays, it can seem even more upsetting. Families who may have been excited to spend time together may end up mourning the loss of a loved one. This is what some Florida families may are likely going through after three women lost their lives in a car accident on Christmas Eve.

According to authorities, one woman was driving south in a sedan and had two other female passengers in the vehicle with her. A man was driving north in his SUV when he allegedly attempted to move into the southbound lane to pass another vehicle. Police say that he hit the sedan head-on.

Motorcycle accident claims two lives

Though a lot of the rest of the country is dealing with snow at this time of year, many people in Florida are still enjoying many warm weather activities. For example, many people are still riding their motorcycles, for both recreation and transportation. This means, unfortunately, many of those riders are at risk of getting into a motorcycle accident. Since motorcycle riders don't have as much protection as those people riding in passenger vehicles, they face a higher risk of injury and even fatality. Recently, two people lost their lives after their motorcycle was struck by a vehicle.

Authorities say that the incident happened on a recent evening. Two people, a man and a woman, were headed north on their motorcycle. Police allege that a pickup truck in the same area, driving southbound, attempted to turn left and went into the path of the motorcycle. The motorbike apparently struck the truck on its right side.

Spinal cord injuries and the risk of sepsis

A spouse or child's spinal cord injury has changed his or her life, but your life may never be the same either. Whether you are still in the early stages of diagnosis and prognosis or the reality has already set in, there is a challenging road ahead. The greatest challenge may be keeping spirits up for you and your family.

However, you must also be realistic. While astounding advances are occurring in the field of research for spinal cord injury victims, if doctors have told you that your spouse or child's paralysis is likely permanent, you have a lot to prepare for to ensure your loved one remains as healthy as possible. Part of this includes remaining alert to signs of infection that may turn septic.

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