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The Villages Golf Cart Rules and Injuries

Golf carts serve as a convenient way to not only play nine or 18 holes of golf on a hot summer day, but also to get around in one’s community. In fact, here in Florida, and within The Villages in particular, golf carts are regularly used for commuting short distances, and are allowed on public streets. The Villages has an extensive golf-cart-specific path network with over 90 miles of paved paths, according to Villages News. The downside of using a golf cart is their lack of safety design and crash protection technology. Golf carts do not have seat belts, roll...

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Uber/Lyft Collision

Uber and other ridesharing companies—the main competitor of Uber being Lyft—have made it easy to hail a car with the push of a button, and are cheaper than conventional taxis. However, they have also caused safety and street congestion problems. Cities across the U.S. are suffering from the congestion issues caused by 10s of thousands of extra cars driving around for hours on end, often with no passengers. In San Francisco, for example, Uber and Lyft cars make up 13 percent of all traffic, according to Streets Blog. Even in Boston, where Uber and Lyft make up ‘just’ 7.7 percent...

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Four Common Types of Intersection Collisions in Ocala

Intersections make up a small percentage of all roadway surfaces, yet 40 percent of all motor vehicle collisions occur at intersections, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Furthermore, 20 percent of fatal collisions occur at intersections. There are over four million property damage intersection collisions annually and 1.7 million intersection injury collisions per year. How Intersection Crashes Occur The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites “inadequate surveillance” as a contributing factor in 44 percent of intersection collisions, followed by “false assumption of other’s action,” turning with an obstructed view, making an illegal maneuver, internal distraction, and misjudging a gap or another’s speed in...

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Low Speed Whiplash Collisions

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Traffic collisions can cause injuries even at very low speeds, and one of the most common low-speed (and high speed) injuries is that of whiplash. Whiplash the term used to describe torn ligaments and muscle fibers within the neck following a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head. It causes severe pain and immobility, and can linger for weeks, months, or years. However, it can be hard to prove just how severe your pain is, and you can be sure that the at-fault driver’s insurance provider will fight to devalue your injury claim. Defining Whiplash Whiplash is a strain or sprain of...

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Construction Worksite Fall Accidents

Construction workers have one of the most hazardous jobs in the entire world. In the United States, around 21% of all deaths in the workplace happen to workers in the construction industry. With power tools, overcrowded job sites, heavy machinery and numerous other dangerous conditions, it is not surprising that so many construction workers get severely injured or even die. In 2017, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction-related falls accounted for almost 40% (381 out of 971 workers) of the construction industry’s fatality count. Deaths caused by falls on construction worksites are only a fraction of the...

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U-Haul Accidents

Moving season typically lasts during the summer, when the weather is nice. As more Florida residents move into new houses and apartments there is an increase in the number of U-Haul rentals throughout the state. While U-Hauls might make moving easier, the moving trucks also generate a danger to other cars and trucks on the road. Inexperienced drivers driving large U-Haul trucks is a disaster waiting to happen. U-Haul crashes leave victims badly injured or even dead. The Danger of U-Hauls Driving U-Hauls is much different than driving an ordinary vehicle. U-hauls are much bigger than other vehicles and have the ability to...

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Preventing Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Riding motorcycles in Florida can be a very fun activity. The state is one of the highest ranked for motorcyclists. From riding along the gator infested swamps in the Everglades to the bright city lights in Miami, there are so many beautiful sites to see. The warm weather makes for perfect riding condition all year long. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are the most accident-prone motorists in the U.S. While motorcyclists only make up roughly 3% of registered vehicles, they are involved in 11% of all crashes. To make matters worse, motorcyclists are twenty-eight times more likely to die in a crash. In 2017 alone,...

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Accidents Caused by Swimming Pool Drains

In the United States, drowning is ranked among the top five causes of accidental injury death. Drowning victims often swiftly disappear under the water’s surface, without creating a lot of noise, making it easy for victims to go unseen. Although we frequently hear about all the ordinary hazards of swimming pools, such as drowning or ending up headfirst in shallow water, we are seldom warned about the dangers of pool drains. Both hot tub and swimming pool drains create a great deal of suction, which can without much difficulty swallow up a swimmer’s hair, limbs or bathing suit. Examinations done by the...

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Preventing Drowning Accidents

Especially during the hottest months of the year, Florida swimming pools become one of the main centers for beating the heat and humidity. Florida residents view swimming or relaxing by the pool as a fun way to pass the time. Nevertheless, a pleasurable day at the pool can instantly turn into a nightmare. Pool accidents frequently cause serious bodily harm and even drownings. Unfortunately, devastating tales of drownings throughout Ocala and The Villages are all too common and hit close to home. For example, the recent drowning in Ocala of an 8-year-old girl from Georgia. Drowning is a huge crisis and, in...

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Average Medical Costs of Various Personal Injuries

Healthcare costs are rising to astronomical rates. A trip to the Emergency Room typically costs over $1,000 even with the average insurance policy, not including any specialized treatment. Surgeries and multiple night stays in hospitals or ICU rooms drastically increases the expense that car collision victims have to pay for. According to healthcare.gov, the average three-day stay in a hospital costs $30,000. Prescription pain medication, prosthetic limbs, arm slings, and braces all increase the cost of an injury. Below are a few of the most common types of injuries that occur in traffic collisions. And, most victims suffer multiple injuries,...

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Fatigued Truck Drivers–A Danger On Highways

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On July 1, 2013, new federal regulations designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue took effect.  "Safety is our highest priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "These rules make common sense, data-driven changes to reduce truck driver fatigue and improve safety for every traveler on our highways and roads." Trucking companies were provided 18 months to adopt the new hours-of-service rules for truck drivers. First announced in December 2011 the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the rules limit the average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours to...

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Boat Accident Injuries Increasing in Florida

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Boats are a way of life in Florida, where the nearly 875,000 registered recreational vessels far surpass the number found in any other state in the U.S.  That makes sense, given our easy access to lakes, rivers, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic. Unfortunately, what also makes sense is the fact that Florida leads the nation in the number of boating accidents per year (581 in 2014), as well as the number of deaths due to boating accidents (62 in 2014).  What is really discouraging, though, is that despite Florida’s boating education program and boating safety regulations, the number of...

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Avoiding a Florida Golf Cart Accident

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The fatal golf cart crash that occurred in December, 2016, in Pasco County, highlighted the serious, growing problem of golf cart accidents in Florida.  In this particular case, a Jeep Cherokee and a golf cart were traveling in the same direction on a dark, unmarked road.  The Jeep hit the rear of the golf cart, the vehicle turned over, and the four passengers were ejected. Each year thousands of people are injured nationwide in golf cart accidents. Even those who do not drive their vehicles on dark, unmarked roads can be seriously injured in crashes when jolted or thrown out of...

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$24 Million Awarded to Widower Of Woman

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A Florida jury recently awarded $24 million to a man whose wife was killed when a car, driven by a drunken driver, crossed a sidewalk, jumped a curb, and then crashed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel. Jurors assigned 15% liability to the hotel and  85% of the liability to 37-year-old Rosa Kim.  She was sentenced in January to 15 years in prison. The decedent, who was 26-year-old, was seven months pregnant and on a vacation with her husband. ...

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Increase in Large Truck Accidents

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large trucks accounted for 3,964 fatalities in 2013.  That is the fourth straight jump in annual large truck-involved fatalities, dating back to 2009. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the top ten most common factors causing these accidents are fatigue, brake problems, distractions, traffic flow interruption, prescription drug use, drunk driving, traveling too fast for conditions, unfamiliarity with roadway, over-the-counter drug use, and inadequate surveillance.  While many of the factors are attributed to the fault of the driver, there can be others who share in the blame such as the trucking...

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Golf Cart Laws in Lady Lake, FL

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In 2003, the Town of Lady Lake, Florida passed the following ordinances pertaining to Low-Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts: Sec. 17-2. - Low-speed vehicles. (a) Definition of low speed vehicle. Pursuant to F.S. § 320.01(42), a low-speed vehicle is any four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than twenty (20) miles per hour but not greater than twenty-five (25) miles per hour, including neighborhood electric vehicles. Said vehicles must conform to the safety standards in 49 C.F.R. Section 571.500 and F.S. § 316.2122. For purposes of this section, "golf carts" as defined in F.S. § 320.01(22) or "speed modified golf carts" shall not...

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Is Hands Free Driving Safe?

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According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 3 out of 4 drives believe hands-free use is safe.  However, the study found that hands-free systems in vehicles can distract drivers more than was previously believed.  The results of the study revealed the following: The accuracy of voice recognition software significantly influences the rate of distraction; Composing text messages and emails using in-vehicle technologies was more distracting than using these systems to listen to messages; Use of Apple's Siri generated a relatively high level of mental distraction; Using an error-free speech-to-text system to listen to and compose emails or texts...

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Bicycle Accidents Increasing in Florida

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The number of bicyclists killed on roadways in the United States is trending upward, according to a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). In its report, the GHSA notes that yearly bicyclist deaths increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, while overall motor vehicle fatalities increased just one percent during the same time period. According to the report, Florida is now second (behind California) in the most bicycle deaths in the United States, with 329 accidents.  Florida also ranked highest for most motor vehicle related cyclist deaths at 5% annually. There wave been some remarkable changes when analyzing current and historical...

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Golf Cart Accident in The Villages?

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With the ever-increasing number of retirees moving to The Villages each year, we continue to see a rise in the number of golf carts being utilized on the streets.  And with that, comes an increase in golf cart accidents. If you are involved in a golf cart accident in The Villages or surrounding areas, there are several things to remember: Do not leave the scene of the accident. Call 911 and get medical attention if you need it.  It is also important to call the police even if there is are no serious injuries.  You will likely need a police report to...

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Florida’s Low-Speed Vehicle Laws

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In Florida, a “low-speed vehicle” means any four-wheeled vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 miles per hour but not greater than 25 miles per hour, including, but not limited to, neighborhood electric vehicles. Below is a summary of some of Florida's low-speed vehicle laws: A low-speed vehicle  may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less.  This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour. A low-speed vehicle...

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