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Florida is One of Top Five Dangerous States for Pedestrians

Mark Hickey
A study released this May by the National Complete Streets Coalition analyzed pedestrian traffic deaths over a decade – and the news was bad overall, but worst for Florida. Run by Smart Growth America, the Complete Streets Coalition aims to change the way most roads are planned and built, so the needs of all users are met. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014, updates an earlier study from 2011. Over 47,000 Pedestrians Killed Nationwide in...
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Pedestrians in Florida – Walking the Streets in Safety

Mark Hickey
In a busy world where people seem to be in a hurry a great deal of the time, many of whom are distracted by technology, such as cell phones, GPS devices, MP3 players, and other devices, pedestrians take their lives into their hands every time they hit the road. Anyone moving about on the roadways on foot, in a wheelchair, on a skateboard, or on roller skates is considered a pedestrian. While it is the...
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Back to School: Keeping Kids Safe

Mark Hickey
he arrival of school means that new traffic patterns will be on the roadway. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released a report in 2008 that showed autumn as being the most dangerous season for pedestrians. During this time of the year, 29% of traffic deaths are pedestrian-related. As you venture out during the school year, make sure to use the following traffic safety tips. Obey the Rules of the Road Even if you...
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Seatbelt Injuries

Mark Hickey
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 84 percent of adult drivers and 82 percent of front-seat passengers wore seatbelts in the U.S. in 2011. Seatbelts play an essential role in maintaining the safety of a vehicle’s passengers in the event of a crash or collision. Unfortunately, car accidents remain the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 5 and 34. In response to the growing number of car accidents that...
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The Link Between Bad Weather & Motor Vehicle Accidents

Mark Hickey
Upcoming extreme weather conditions often make headline news because of their potential to inflict injury or cause death in communities across the nation. However, while floods, heat, hurricanes, and tornadoes wreak havoc and cost lives every year, the biggest threat to people concerning adverse weather conditions is automotive accidents. Vehicular Accident Statistics According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are close to six million motor vehicle accidents in the United States annually. Statistics...
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Top 5 Distractions for Drivers

Mark Hickey
Driving a vehicle requires coordination, reflexes, and 100 percent of your focus and attention. However, according to an NHTSA study, driver distraction is responsible for over 80 percent of all vehicle crashes. In fact, distracted drivers cause more accidents each year than drunk drivers, defective car parts, and slippery roads combined. There are many distractions that can hinder a person’s driving, but the NHTSA study cites the following five distractions as being the most prevalent...
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5 Steps When You’re Hit by a Drunk Driver

Mark Hickey
In 2012, over 10,000 people were killed due to drunk drivers in the U.S, and an estimated 345,000 individuals sustained injuries in accidents that were caused by people driving while intoxicated according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In other words, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash in the U.S. every 51 minutes, and someone is injured every 90 seconds because of this entirely preventable crime. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibly reports that...
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Medical Treatment Important After Even Minor Car Accidents

Mark Hickey
The phrase “car accident” usually conjures images of mangled vehicles, ambulances and life-threatening injuries. Serious accidents take place every day, but in truth, the majority of accidents are considered minor. These are the accidents most of us refer to as “fender benders,” in which the damage and injuries are minimal. When you experience a minor accident, the first thing to do is to check for injuries and call for emergency help if necessary. In many cases,...
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Hands-Free Doesn’t Mean Distraction-Free: The Truth About Hands-Free Devices

Mark Hickey
Many states have outlawed the use of handheld wireless phones and other devices while driving, causing an increasing number of drivers to switch to hands-free accessories as a means to stay connected when behind the wheel. They believe that by using an ear piece or a microphone system installed into the vehicle that they can safely talk, text or check social media and email while driving. Unfortunately, that is not the case. A recent study sponsored by...
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Alcohol: Not the Only Factor in Impaired Driving

Mark Hickey
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of all fatal automobile accidents are directly attributable to alcohol. It is no mystery that alcohol impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. However, alcohol is not the only cause of impaired driving and serious auto accidents. Multiple factors can prevent a driver from having complete control of a vehicle. Some of these factors are behaviors that many drivers engage in every day...