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New iPhone app seeks to lower distracted driving car accidents

Texting and driving and other distracted driving behaviors are a consistently referenced reason for a large segment of car accidents in Florida and across the nation. Law enforcement and governmental authorities have tried to diminish the frequency of drivers who are using their smartphones and other devices behind the wheel. Another strategy that might prove useful for this endeavor is the companies taking the initiative and implementing methods to stop people from texting and driving.

A new feature for the iPhone that is being released is an attempt to reduce distracted driving. A setting called "Do Not Disturb While Driving" will silence notifications and incoming text messages while the device is connected to a vehicle using cable or Bluetooth. This will be ready by the fall of 2017. Generic messages saying that the recipient is driving will be the auto-reply.

Why swimming pools can be dangerous

Swimming pools can be a wonderful source of entertainment. They can be very unsafe too, helping to turn a backyard party into a tragedy, or a fun-filled hotel stay into a situation where someone gets seriously hurt.

There are many ways in which swimming pools can be dangerous. Being aware of these risks can help you minimize these hazards.

Car accidents more common for younger drivers who have ADHD

In Florida and across the U.S., it is widely known that younger drivers generally lack the experience and knowledge to avoid accidents and circumstances that an older, more experienced driver might avoid. However, anecdotal evidence will never surpass statistical studies as to the risk that younger drivers present. One study from JAMA Pediatrics examined the frequency with which young drivers who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are in a crash. It showed that those with ADHD are 36 percent more likely to be in a crash compared with other adolescents behind the wheel.

In the past, research found that those with ADHD had a higher frequency of car accidents. In 1993, for example, it was found that adolescents with ADHD were four times were likely to have a crash. The authors of the new study say that the earlier information was subjected to limitations. Included in that context are smaller samples from specialty medical centers and self-reporting accidents. This new study used 18,500 electronic health records with 2,500 who were diagnosed as having ADHD.

Danger of construction accidents evident after 3 workers hurt

Construction projects are constantly going on in Florida. Many people earn their living by working in the construction industry. While most worksites are safe and the projects move forward without incident, there is always a danger of something going wrong that can cause injuries and fatalities. Construction accidents can cause long-term problems for the injured person and his or her family. Because there can be such wide-ranging issues after a construction accident, filing a personal injury lawsuit is often the only way to secure fair compensation.

A construction accident injured three workers. The men were on scissor lifts and the lifts had toppled over. When emergency crews arrived, they used a ladder truck to remove the workers from the fourth floor and bring them to the ground. The accident happened at around 10:00 a.m. The workers reportedly had suffered serious trauma and were in critical condition. A witness who was working close to the site of the accident said that a crane that was hoisting a concrete wall hit the lifts and knocked them over. The circumstances of the accident are being investigated by law enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Teen car accidents a rising problem, especially in the summer

Florida drivers and drivers throughout the nation must be vigilant as to the risks they face when they are out on the road. Certain factors are common with car accidents, and studies seek to find them and take steps to reduce their frequency. For those who have been in an accident, these factors can be important when considering a legal claim after the accident has happened.

One study conducted by AAA says that teens age 16 to 17 are three times as likely to be in a fatal accident when compared to adults. Compounding the danger of teens who fall into this category is that it is summer, and more accidents happen in the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In that specific time, the number of fatal teen accidents rises by 15 percent versus other times in the year. In the past five years, there were more than 1,600 deaths in accidents with these teens in the warmer months. The drivers' lack of experience and more of them being on the road has contributed to the number of accidents.

Product liability concerns spurred by child seat recall

Floridians who purchase products are expecting them to work as they are supposed to and to be safe. However, there is occasionally a failure on the part of the manufacturer toward achieving that end. It is especially egregious if the product that ended up being declared dangerous and recalled was designed for children. Those who have had a child injured or killed because of a dangerous or poorly designed product might have the basis for a product liability case to be compensated.

A manufacturer of child car seats, Graco, has recalled more than 25,000 of the items due to the assessment that they might not adequately restrain a child in car accidents. The webbing in this car seat, the Graco My Ride 65, was deemed to have a problem in its strength, raising the risk of injury or death in a crash. Regarding the car seats, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that the harness webbing might be subject to breakage and the child will be left unrestrained in an accident. These seats were made on July 22, 2014.

Danger of boating accidents shown as young woman dies in crash

Boating is a leisurely and enjoyable activity for both Florida residents and tourists seeking to enjoy all the state offers. While the bulk of these trips are completed without incident and everyone returns home safely, there are times when circumstances or behaviors lead to boating accidents. Whether there are injuries or death from boating incidents, there are many issues that will arise in its aftermath that may give rise to a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

An airboat ride ended up killing a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Miami. The young woman had majored in theater and graduated from college the day before. She and her family were on an airboat when the crash happened. It occurred at approximately noon. She and four other people were thrown from the boat when it crashed. After the accident, she was taken to the hospital where she died. Also on the boat were her parents and her 20-year-old sister. Her sister suffered minor injuries. Her parents were not injured. A former airboat captain was also on the boat.

Law enforcement steps up efforts to reduce Florida car accidents

Motor vehicle crashes in Florida sometimes happen in certain areas with greater frequency that they do in others. They also occur due to certain behaviors on the part of drivers. Research and the statistics that accompany it can give a warning sign to law enforcement that they need to take steps to try and reduce the number of car accidents, truck accidents and any other types of collisions in these particular areas and because of these behaviors.

Using the numbers, The Florida Sheriff's Association Task Force implemented Operation Hot Spot. This plan was to use resources in areas where there were high numbers of crashes. It was also used to get drivers to pay stricter attention to the road and avoid distracted driving since the plan coincided with April being a month dedicated to educating drivers on the risks of distracted driving.

Is an insurance company trying to deny your accident claim?

If you suffered an injury in a car crash, you may have thought you were perfectly capable of filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. You assumed that since you were the victim, you were due compensation, but that is not the way things turned out. The insurance company disputed your claim because, according to their legal department, you did not have sufficient proof to show that their policy holder was responsible for the accident.

You were blindsided by this decision, but help is at hand. Reach out to a personal injury attorney who has years of experience with cases like yours and is accustomed to dealing with insurance company lawyers.

Navigating the complexities of real estate law

Everyone in Florida who is involved in a real estate transaction in any capacity must make certain that all the laws are adhered to and proper procedures are followed. This is true for anyone whether it is a home purchase, a commercial property, a vacation property or any other venture into real estate. Since purchasing a property is one of the biggest financial commitments that can be made, making a mistake can have far-reaching consequences that can last a lifetime and negatively influence every area of a person's life.

There are many different issues that go into purchasing real estate and it is an attorney's job to know all of them. For example, if there is a purchase agreement that need to be examined, a neighbor is taking legal liberties with the property line, or there is damage that came about through another's failure to disclose, these are all legal factors that can be problematic without an attorney's guidance.

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