Alarming rise in hit-and-runs worries, baffles Florida officials

August 13th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Getting into a car accident is bad enough, but to quickly find that the other car involved has driven off is more than disheartening and it leaves you without much recourse. What’s worse is the Florida Highway Patrol says hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Central Florida. Just last month, there were 547 hit-and-run […]

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Overnight car accident on I-95 sends 6 adults, 3 kids to hospital

August 12th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

A multi-vehicle collision Sunday night on I-95 in West Palm Beach sent a total of nine people to the hospital, authorities report, including three children, two Florida Highway Patrol officers and a West Palm Beach fire captain. Luckily, none of the injuries were considered life threatening, according to an FHP spokesperson. This was apparently a […]

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Survey: majority of US teens delaying getting a driver’s license

August 2nd, 2013 - by niftyadmin

For perhaps the first time in at least two decades, a majority of teenagers in the U.S. — 66 percent — are putting off getting licensed until at least a year after they become eligible. By the time they reach age 18, only 54 percent of American teens have a driver’s license. While their lack […]

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‘I’m a great driver, but my passengers distract me’ admits teen

July 5th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

A teen driver in Florida is considered a new driver who falls between the ages of 15 and 19. In 2011, there were 28,176 of these teen drivers who were involved in car crash. A total of 91 of those drivers and another 63 of their teenage passengers lost their lives in that same year. […]

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Be conscious of hot-weather tire safety this season

July 3rd, 2013 - by niftyadmin

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is actively warning drivers nationwide to pay attention to hot-weather tire safety as temperatures all across the country continue to rise. When the weather heats up, asphalt becomes dangerously hot. When this occurs, the heat radiating off roads can cause tire-related safety issues and car accidents often occur as […]

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Regulators to rule on driverless car technology

June 29th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

For nearly a decade, researchers have been studying how develop technologies that will allow for the creation of driverless cars. Although this may seem like a gimmick, many experts believe that these technologies, if properly used, could help significantly reduce the incidence of car accidents across the country. Currently, federal regulators are approaching a decision […]

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Going below the speed limit in the left lane could now cost $60

June 17th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Most of the time, slowing your driving down is a great idea. Usually, slower speeds can do a lot toward preventing serious and deadly car accidents. Here in Florida, however, we apparently have a few drivers who go below the speed limit in the far left-hand lane where people are expecting to be able to […]

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Did you know? Crashes cause nearly 40 pct of spinal cord injuries

June 12th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

An spinal cord injury is typically life-changing. Depending on the type of the injury, where it occurred, and the success of early treatment, such an injury can result in partial paralysis, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. Current statistics indicate that around 12,000 new spinal injuries occur in the U.S. each year and, over a lifetime, those catastrophic […]

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Airlift required for 1 of 2 people injured in rollover crash

June 6th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

An accident in West Palm Beach, Florida involved two vehicles and sent one of the passengers to the hospital via airlift. The victim’s injuries were described as serious, as he had been ejected from his vehicle during the “multiple rollovers” his vehicle endured. Another victim was hospitalized, but her injuries were described as less severe. […]

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Older drivers willing to relinquish license earlier in life

June 3rd, 2013 - by niftyadmin

The Journal of General Internal Medicine will release a new issue today, and a study in this new issue will be of particular importance to Palm Beach and, really, all Florida residents. The study deals with older drivers and how initiating the “it’s time to stop driving” conversation with them is not happening soon enough. […]

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