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Reducing pedestrian accidents in Florida

Pedestrians in Florida know that crossing a major road always involves a certain degree of danger. Almost 5,000 pedestrians lost their lives around the country in 2012, and almost half of these accidents involved a driver or a pedestrian that had been drinking. It is hoped that efforts to combat drunk driving may result in fewer pedestrians being killed or injured.

Florida is a popular destination for retirees, which makes efforts to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the state a priority. Those aged 65 or older made up 20 percent of the pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. in 2012. While many older individuals who suffer a pedestrian injury are struck by a motor vehicle, some fall after tripping over a curb or loose paving stone. Developing traffic plans that take into account the needs of pedestrians and making timely repairs to roads and sidewalks could go a long way towards reducing the number of these types of accidents.

Protection against dog attack injuries

People living in Florida need to be vigilant against the threat of dog attacks. While most dogs are friendly, some are not. In addition, even otherwise well-behaved family pets can become aggressive. Because of this, it's important to understand what one can do to avoid being attacked as well as what to do when an attack occurs.

Many people understand that it's important to not approach unfamiliar dogs. However, avoiding an animal attack isn't always a matter of common sense. For example, many people may instinctively run from an aggressive animal, but experts warn that this can actually provoke a dog to give chase. In addition, chained-up animals may be agitated and should be given wide berth.

Pedestrian critically hurt when car hits Florida bus stop

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 50-year-old woman was critically injured when she was struck by a car moments after stepping off a bus on State Road 436 in Seminole County on April 24. The crash happened shortly before 9 a.m.

Authorities said a 26-year-old woman was driving her 4-door Honda Civic west on SR 436 and failed to notice a Lynx bus and a 2-door coupe stopped in front of her until the last moment. She swerved to avoid a collision but ended up striking the coupe, the bus stop shelter and a woman who had just exited the bus.

Collision With truck kills 1, leaves woman with critical injuries

An accident that took place in Christmas, Florida, has left a 33-year-old man dead and a woman critically injured. The man driving the pickup truck going westbound on S.R. 520 attempted to turn onto Cocoa Water Plant Road and struck a Hyundai driven by the woman. The accident was being investigated by authorities at the time of the report.

Troopers report that the driver of the truck was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the Hyundai was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries after the car crash.

Wrong-way driver killed in Florida crash

On April 14, an alleged drunk driver traveled the wrong direction on Interstate 4 for several miles before slamming head-on into another vehicle, killing herself and injuring the other driver. She reportedly caused two other accidents before the fatal collision, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It was unclear how the woman ended up driving in the wrong direction. She struck a vehicle just west of State Road 436 and then caused another driver to swerve out of her way and strike a guardrail near Maitland Boulevard. Finally, she struck a Ford pickup truck head-on near Fairbanks Avenue. The woman was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening, but she was pronounced dead at 5:22 a.m. on April 15. The driver of the Ford, a 71-year-old Altamonte Springs man, was hospitalized in serious condition. The drivers involved in the first two accidents were not injured.

Man killed in Florida crash when woman brakes for squirrel

A Texas man was killed in a four-vehicle accident on State Road 54 near Trinity on March 31. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the chain-reaction crash began when a motorist braked for a small animal.

Authorities said that a 38-year-old New Port Richey woman was traveling eastbound on State Road 54 when she stopped in the center lane for a squirrel near Trophy Boulevard around 10:40 a.m. In response, an 18-year-old New Port Richey man driving a Volkswagen behind her swerved into the next lane to avoid a crash. However, he collided with her vehicle and a Dodge van. The impact of the collision forced the Dodge over the median and into oncoming westbound traffic where it struck a 2008 Toyota pickup truck head-on.

Head-on collision causes 2 deaths in Jacksonville, Florida

On Sunday, March 29, two men were killed in a head-on collision that occurred in the westbound lanes of J. Turner Butler Boulevard, according to state troopers. Two eyewitnesses reported seeing a young man driving east in the westbound lanes. The witnesses were driving east and said they tried to keep up with the man in order to get his attention but that he didn't respond. One of the individuals recorded a short video of the event while the other called 911 shortly before the accident occurred.

The wrong-way driver, a 27-year-old male, did not have his headlights on and reportedly swerved across the lanes in his 2005 Subaru Forester, avoiding several other vehicles before colliding with a 2006 Chevrolet driven by a 55-year-old male. Both men were declared dead at the scene.

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.

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