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How you and large trucks can safely share the road

Accidents with large trucks accounted for over two thousand deaths in 2016. By remembering to drive safely around large trucks, you can help to protect yourself.

In the summer of 2018, a compact car cut in front of a large truck on the Manatee County bridge while traveling down I-75. To avoid a crash, the driver of the truck swerved, and the cab of his truck ended up dangling over the guard rail. Luckily, he survived.

Multiple fatalities in accident caused by woman suffering seizure

When people have a history of suffering from medical conditions that can compromise their ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, precautions are often taken to make sure they do not drive until certain conditions are met. For many of those people in Florida, this process may require obtaining a prescription that helps to manage their symptoms and even then, they may not be allowed to drive depending on the severity of their condition. 

In a tragic situation out of New York, a woman was charged with reckless driving and negligent homicide after striking a group of pedestrians because she was having a seizure and lost control of her vehicle. The accident resulted in the deaths of two children and an unborn baby and left two women critically injured. During an investigation into the accident, it was discovered that the woman had a history of seizures related to a medical condition she suffered from. She also had been issued citations in the past for speeding. According to officials, she should not have been allowed to operate a vehicle given her risks and the past citations she had accumulated on her record. 

How many people are killed in drunk driving crashes?

Motor vehicle accidents have a variety of causes, such as those which are the result of poor weather and wrecks that happen because of high speeds. Drunk driving is especially problematic and intoxicated drivers have claimed many lives in Sarasota over the years. In Florida and the entire U.S., drunk driving endangers the lives of everyone on the road and it is paramount for victims and families who lose ones to drunk drivers to take action. As a driver, you should also be aware of how many lives are lost to DUI accidents per year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers were involved in accidents that claimed over 10,400 lives during 2016. Furthermore, the NHTSA reports that roughly one out of every three fatal traffic accidents in the U.S. involve a driver who has a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit. Aside from the number of lives that have been lost to drunk driving, this behavior has also caused a massive number of people to sustain serious injuries.

Florida leads nation in elderly motorist deaths

The Sunshine State is one of the most popular places in the nation for men and women over 60 to settle down and retire in. They can enjoy the unique culture, warm weather and explore the state’s cultural history as they finally enjoy putting in constant 8-hour work days.

Unfortunately, many elderly residents are unable to enjoy their retirement after one dangerous trips on the Florida roads. Recent studies show that Florida continues to have the highest amount of older driver fatalities in the country. It is important for elder drivers to know of the various hazards they could face in the southernmost state’s roads.

Are your relationships with your subcontractors important?

If you have been in business for a while, you may be well aware that developing trustworthy relationships with other like-minded individuals and companies takes time and energy. Sustaining the relationships you have with other industry professionals in Florida is critical to your ability to give your customers a product or service that you stand by and are proud to provide. In construction, you may wonder if working with subcontractors requires the same type of relationship commitment given they will be gone once their portion of the project is complete. 

Despite the somewhat temporary nature of your collaboration with subcontractors, developing strong relationships that are built on mutual trust and a solid understanding of each other's expectations and responsibilities is incredibly relevant. Your decision to thoroughly research potential candidates and then only work with those who share your company's values and vision is crucial to prevent the disappointment of working with someone who may hurt your reputation with lackluster work ethic or shoddy workmanship. 

Traffic deaths fell a bit in Florida in 2017

According to recent numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths were down both here in Florida and in the U.S. as a whole last year.

Nationally, traffic deaths were down just a little short of 2 percent in 2017 as compared to 2016.

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