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Florida accident kills bicyclist

A fatal hit and run accident at the intersection of Bird Road and Granada Boulevard in Coral Gables on March 26 caused the death of a bicyclist. Authorities have reported that they believe that the vehicle involved in the accident, a Nissan Altima, has been located.

It was reported that on the evening of the accident, a police officer had been traveling east on Bird Road. He discovered the victim lying in the street with no sign of the vehicle that had hit him. The damaged bicycle was located by another officer four blocks away after being dispatched to the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Traffic was stopped in the intersection of University Drive and Granada Boulevard in addition to the westbound lanes of Bird Road for officials to investigate and clear the scene.

Four killed when trailer detaches on U.S. 27 in Florida

Four people were killed in a four-vehicle wreck on U.S. Highway 27 in western Palm Beach County on March 17. Troopers said a Ford Focus, a Ford F-150 and two semi-trucks were involved in the incident.

According to authorities, the chain reaction began when a trailer became disconnected from a southbound semi-truck. The Ford Focus tried to avoid the stationary trailer by swerving to the right, but it hit the right rear of it. The Ford F-150 swerved to the left but struck the left rear of it. Finally, another semi-truck veered to the right, but it crashed into the Focus, pushing it into a ditch.

Bizarre Florida crash kills vacationing Missouri couple

According to sources, a vacationing couple was killed in an accident in Florida when an airborne pickup truck landed on top of their SUV. The accident reportedly occurred on March 12 on Interstate 4 in Volusia County.

Investigators reported that a 44-year-old DeBary man driving a pickup truck west on the interstate abruptly changed lanes around 9:25 p.m. When he did so, witnesses indicated that he lost control of his vehicle and drove into the median, where he struck the center guardrail. The force of that collision apparently sent his pickup truck airborne, and he landed on top of the couple's GMC SUV.

Big rig crash on Florida bridge kills 4

Four people were killed and three others were injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on a Florida bridge on March 2. According to a sergeant with the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident involved two SUVs and a big rig. Authorities believe, based on a preliminary investigation, that one of the SUVs was slowing with the flow of traffic when it was struck from behind by the big rig.

The crash happened on the Buckman Bridge in the afternoon. One of the SUVs caught fire, and its four occupants, two adults and two minors, were killed. The three occupants of the other SUV suffered injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The issue of distracted driving in Florida

Distracted driving can take many forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it can be visual, manual or mental depending on if someone takes their eyes off the road, their hands off the wheel or if they aren't thinking about driving. Distracted driving can also be a combination of the three.

Texting and driving is often commonly associated with distracted driving because it involves all three forms of distraction. However, anything from changing the radio station to getting lost in thought can be forms as well. The issue is a fairly serious one, and statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that nine people are killed and more than 1,100 are injured daily due to distracted driving. Additionally, a study done in 2011 found that 31 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 64 had texted or sent email messages while driving within 30 days of being asked.

Florida accident claims the life of a driver

An auto accident between a 2014 Ford Fusion and a 1991 Ford Mustang occurred in St. Augustine on the evening of Feb. 13. Both vehicles were traveling on Florida 16 when the driver of the Fusion attempted a U-turn at the intersection of St. Francis Road and Florida 16. The Mustang was behind the Fusion when the Fusion veered right into the entrance of St. Francis Road for the attempted U-turn. As the Fusion began to turn within the intersection, the Mustang struck the Fusion's left side. Reports suggested that the driver of the Fusion may have been unaware of the Mustang.

The driver of the Mustang sustained serious injuries, according to reports. He was transported to UF Health Jacksonville Hospital for medical care. The driver of the Fusion was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The female passenger of the Fusion sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital for medical attention.

Florida woman in critical condition after bus accident

A 72-year-old Palm Harbor woman was critically injured after being hit by a PSTA bus on Thursday, Feb. 12, around 4 p.m. The woman was walking in the crosswalk in the 36000 block of East Lake Road when the bus struck her, dragged her for some time and then stopped, pinning her under the bus.

The pedestrian was airlifted to the Bayfront Medical Center. She remains in critical condition as of Friday following the accident.

Motorcycle accident statistics

In Florida and across the country, motorcycle riders are at a greater risk of being seriously injured or killed in a highway accident than car drivers are. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the chance that a motorcyclist will be killed in a crash is 26 times that of a passenger car occupant. Motorcyclists are also five times more likely to sustain injuries in an accident than passenger car occupants.

Although motorcycle riding has become increasingly popular in recent years, the annual number of fatal motorcycle crashes is actually decreasing. In 2013, there were 4,668 people killed in motorcycle accidents, while there were 4,986 motorcycle fatalities in 2012. This represents a 6.4 percent decrease in fatal motorcycle accidents. Injuries sustained by motorcycle riders also decreased by 5.4 percent during the same time period.

Facts on impaired driving accidents

In Florida, 2.1 percent of adults self-reported that they have driven after drinking too much in the past 30 days, which is higher than the national average of 1.9 percent. Across the U.S., almost 30 people die in auto accidents involving an intoxicated driver each day, and that amounts to a death every 51 minutes. An estimated 10,322 people in the U.S. were killed in drunk driving accidents, and these incidents account for almost a third of all car accidents.

The rate in Florida for those of all ages who were victims of drunk driving accidents was 3.7 per 100,000. Some of the fatalities were children who were passengers in vehicles driven by alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2012, there were 1,168 traffic deaths of children from 0 to 14 years of age, and of those, 20 percent of the accidents involved a drunk driver.

Whiplash injuries after car accidents

Individuals in Florida may suffer from whiplash following a car accident. Whiplash may occur when a person's neck is jolted back and forth. It is a term that covers a number of different types of injuries.

Most commonly, whiplash refers to a sprain or strain in the ligaments of the neck. Injury can occur to muscles, tendons, joints and vertebrae. A disc herniation may happen if there are tears to discs between vertebrae; it is also possible for vertebrae to be dislocated or fractured.

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