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A study conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC) found that the number of cell phone related motor vehicle accidents may have been under-reported  and that one in four accidents may be cell phone related. The NSC is claiming that the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) may have under-reported cell phone related accidents by up to 48%. There were examples in the NHTSA database where the cause of a fatal accident did not mention anything about cell phone distraction when that may have been a contributing factor. Also, in 2010, there were 93 fatal accidents in Tennessee that were reported to have been caused by cell phone use. In the same year, New York only attributed 1 fatal accident to cell phone use and New York has three times the population of Tennessee.

The NHTSA has acknowledged that the crash data has certain limitations which cause distracted related accidents to go unreported. There are many other challenges to determining that cell phone use contributed to a fatal accident including:

Inaccurate witness statements

Drivers not admitting to cell phone use while driving

Cell phone records can be difficult to obtain

Cell phone date must align with the exact time of the accident and that is not always known.

If the accident involved another charge such as speeding or alcohol impairment, police may not investigate cell phone use.

Some fatal accident reports will list “failure to keep in proper lane” as the reason for the accident. But the accident may have been caused by a driver who was using a cell phone when they drifted over the center line and caused a head-on collision.

Other ways that indicate cell phone involvement can include the following:

A passenger reports a driver’s cell phone use

Police discover unfinished messages at a crash scene

A coroner identifies cell phone use

Records or documents introduced at trial or testimony that includes wireless records

Distracted Driving Statistics:

Research conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute resulted in the following statistics:

Texting among teens results in erratic driving behavior like speeding or weaving between lanes, increasing the risk of hurting pedestrians or running into other vehicles.

95% of drivers said texting while driving was an unsafe practice and yet 21% of drivers admit to doing it anyway.

Texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by 23.2 times the rate of an unimpaired driver.

In the moments leading up to a crash, drivers spend an average of five seconds looking at their mobile devices. At highway speeds, this covers more area than the length of a football field.

Drivers who are texting while driving have a slower response time than even drunk drivers.

Texting while driving is a generational issue:  37% of drivers ages 18 to 27 admit to texting while driving, compared to 14% of 28 to 44 year olds and 2% of 45 to 60 year olds.

Sarasota and Bradenton Personal Injury Attorney:

Distractions affect drivers in many ways. Reaction time is slowed to the same slow reaction time of a legally drunk driver. Drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in a serious automobile accident. For the safety of everyone on the road, please hold off on the distractions until you come to a complete stop or pull off to the side of the road. No life is ever worth losing over a phone call or text message.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of a driver who was texting while driving, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We will work to obtain the best possible compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future loss of income and pain and suffering. Please call to schedule a free initial consultation.



A recent study from the University of California and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that bicycle accident injuries have increased drastically in the last fifteen years. There is some positive news however, regarding children and bicycle accident injuries. Injuries to children from bicycle accidents have decreased. The average age of an injured bicyclist has increased and males over 45 have had the highest increase in bicycle accident rates.

According to the study, in 2012-2013, there were 15, 427 hospital admissions for bicycle accident injuries. Florida tops the list with one of the worst records regarding bicyclists’ safety. Florida has the highest bicycle accident fatality rate in the country. Florida’s roads were built for high speed fast moving traffic. On many roads, bicycle lanes do not exist. Some cities in Florida are beginning to implement safety features on streets that will make them safer for cyclists. Since 2001, Florida has been ranked as the state with the highest number of bicycle accident fatalities. Florida accounts for one out of every six bicycle accident fatalities in the country. Most Florida bicycle accidents occur in urban areas,  a majority of bicycle accidents occur between 5-9 pm and males are far more likely to be killed in a Florida bicycle accident than females. A serious Florida bicycle accident can occur from a wide variety of causes. Many times, motorists fail to yield the right of way to bicyclists. Bicyclists have the same rights to the road as drivers.

The Importance of Helmets:

The most important piece of equipment for a cyclist is a helmet, especially for young children. Helmets help prevent traumatic brain injuries and head injuries. According to Safekids USA,  75% of bicycle accident fatalities among children could be prevented with the use of helmets.

Bicycle helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by up to 85% and the risk of traumatic brain injury by 88%.

Use of helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries and between 18,000 and 55,000 face and scalp injuries every year.

Bicycle Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida:

The Michael L. Morgan Law Group represents bicyclists throughout the state of Florida from Jacksonville to Naples. We are committed to helping injured bicyclists and we have a great deal of experience with bicycle law. Our website contains much helpful information regarding your rights in the legal system. We also offer information about bicycle accident safety, defective bicycles or components and unsafe road conditions. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident, remaining calm and following these simple steps may help:

Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else has been injured.

Request that you have an ambulance take you to the hospital.

Always make sure to report the accident to the police and have an officer fill out a police report no matter who caused the accident.

Be sure to gather as much information as possible on the other driver, including name, address, phone number, license number, type and make of vehicle, insurance agent, policy and company.

If there are witnesses to the accident, take down their names and phone numbers.

Consult with an attorney before making any statements and be mindful of what you say.

Contact an experienced Florida bicycle accident attorney who will give you advice on how to protect your rights under Florida law.

Take photographs of the accident scene and the damage especially if the accident occurred on private property.

Always remain calm.

Contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney at Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555 and we will immediately begin to protect your rights. Please call our office today if you have been injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton bicycle accident.





            Every brain injury is unique and every traumatic brain injury victim is affected in a different way. Some injured accident victims show signs of TBI immediately following an accident and with other injured victims it can take hours, days or even weeks after an accident when symptoms begin to appear. Some people develop post-concussive syndrome (PCS), a mild TBI after sustaining a concussion. Many people have misconceptions regarding TBI’s such as

            In order to sustain a brain injury, you must hit your head.

            The brain injury symptoms will show up right after an accident.

            You must lose consciousness when you sustain a traumatic brain injury.

            None of these things are true. Even minor accidents can lead to brain injuries. Even if your head does not come into contact with another object, the force of the impact can cause your brain to collide with the front, back or side of your skull. Your brain can bleed and swell if that happens.

Physical Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

            Following are some of the physical symptoms of a brain injury:




            Light sensitivity


            Trouble walking


Cognitive Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

            Following are some of the cognitive difficulties associated with a traumatic brain injury:

            Short or long term memory loss

            Difficulty completing tasks

            Slow to process information

            Not able to do more than one thing at a time

            Difficulty remembering words

            Difficulty concentrating

            Spatial problems

Emotional Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

           A traumatic brain injury victim can also experience emotional problems including:




            Mood swings

            Impulsive behavior

Long Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury:

            TBI’s can have devastating long term effects. A victim of a TBI can face long term disability and have problems with sensory processing, cognition, memory, communication and mental health. A TBI victim can also become overly aggressive.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Insurance Settlements:

            When it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), insurance companies will want to settle as quickly as possible. The reason the insurance company will want to settle quickly is because a traumatic brain injury can be one of the most expensive injuries accident victims can be treated for. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a Sarasota or Bradenton car accident or slip and fall accident, do not take what the insurance company offers and seek the advice of an experienced brain injury attorney. The effects of a traumatic brain injury can last months or even years and an injured accident victim may not know the true extent and severity of their injuries until long after the accident.

            It is very difficult to determine how much compensation is due to a victim of a traumatic brain injury. There may be long term medical costs and the earning capacity of the injured victim may be severely affected.

Sarasota and Bradenton Brain Injury Attorneys:

            A traumatic brain injury can be very difficult for the victim as well as the victim’s family members. Compensation from an insurance claim can’t cure the brain injury, but it can help with medical bills, physical or occupational therapy and housing and living expenses for the victim and the victim’s family. If you or someone you love has sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, please contact the brain injury attorneys at the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., will work hard to obtain the compensation you rightly deserve for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life. Call to schedule a free consultation.


Traffic accident fatalities in Florida have increased by 21% this year. Traffic accident fatalities in Lee County are up by over 40% this year! Most of the accidents have been caused by driver negligence. Some of the accidents were caused by speeding while others were caused from inattention which led to rear-end collisions. Other fatal accidents were caused when drivers made lane changes without looking in their side mirrors first.

Distracted Driving Accidents:

                The use of cell phones while driving has caused an increase in distracted driving accidents. A distracted driving accident often has the same characteristics as a drunk driving accident. Texting while driving takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 46 seconds which increases the risk of an accident by 23%. In the last five years, pedestrian fatalities caused by distracted drivers have increased by 50% and cyclist fatalities due to distracted drivers have increased by 30%.

                Another reason for the increase in Florida traffic accidents in 2015 has to do with the strengthening economy. Gas Prices are lower and there are more drivers on the road. The state has seen a 29% increase in accidents since last year which is more than double the national average. The increase nationally has been about 14%. Other reasons include lack of seatbelt use, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

What Drivers Can Do To Prevent Accidents:

                New vehicle technology has definitely made road travel safer. But due to the sheer number of vehicles on the road, accidents will continue to be a problem. Following are steps drivers can take to decrease their risk of being involved in an accident:

                Plan your route ahead of time

                Drive on less traveled roads

                Avoid rush hour traffic if possible

                Get plenty of sleep before driving

                Even though Americans are driving more, the percentage increase in vehicle mileage is far less than the percentage increase in traffic accident fatalities. Other factors may be playing a part n the increase in traffic accident fatalities. Many states have raised their speed limits and drivers everywhere are constantly distracted by cell phones and text messages.

                Just recently in Florida, 13 people lost their lives within just one week. The fatalities included a 1 year-old girl (who was traveling with her family from Georgia to celebrate her first birthday at Disney World) and a 5 year-old boy. All of these fatal accidents are under investigation and all of these accidents could have been avoided.

Sarasota and Bradenton Auto Accident Attorneys:

                If you have been involved in a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is never a fee until we recover compensation on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.



Florida has some very strict laws regarding drinking and driving. There is a good reason for this. Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Often in a drunk driving accident, there are no skid marks prior to the crash which indicates that the offending driver did not even try to apply the brakes or slow down prior to the crash. A first offense DUI in Florida can typically cost between $500 and $1,000. If the driver’s blood alcohol content is higher than 0.15%, the fine can be doubled. A convicted drunk driver may be required to complete community service and up to a year of probation. For drivers under the age of 21, an automatic six month license suspension will result if the BAC is 0.02% or higher. If a driver receives three DUI’s within 10 years, a third degree felony can result. A driver can be charged with a felony if a victim sustains a serious injury. If an accident victim dies as the result of a DUI accident, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the victim’s family.

What are the signs of an intoxicated driver?

                There are several signs that alert motorists of an intoxicated driver including:

                A driver drifting out of their lane of traffic

                A delayed reaction to traffic signals

                Difficulty following the speed limit

                Applying brakes too early

                If you are driving and you notice a driver exhibiting erratic driving behavior, do not hesitate to all the police. You may be helping to prevent a tragic accident.

NTSB recommends lower BAC limits:

                The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is pushing for a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving and they recommend that the current BAC of 0.08% be reduced to 0.05%. The organization believes this will lead to fewer fatal alcohol-related accidents. Since states began lowering the legal limit to 0.08%, there has been a significant reduction in fatal DUI accidents. Between 1980 and 2011, DUI related fatalities have dropped from about 20,000 per year to about 10,000 per year. Awareness campaigns have had a tremendous impact in reducing fatal DUI accidents. The NTSB investigates traffic accidents. They can only recommend changes to state and federal agencies. States set their own BAC standards. The NTSB is also pushing for laws that will require first time offenders to have ignition locking devices installed that would prevent vehicles from starting until breath samples have been analyzed. Approximately 31% of all highway accident fatalities can be attributed to intoxicated drivers.

Findings from the NHTSA Report on Alcohol Impaired Driving:

                In 2010, one alcohol impaired driving fatality occurred on average every 51 minutes.

                Motorcycle riders had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal accidents.

                16% of drivers involved in fatal accidents during the week were alcohol impaired, compared to 31% on weekends.

                In 2010, alcohol impairment among drivers was four times higher at night than during the day.

                Drivers who had BAC’s of .08 of higher and were involved in fatal accidents were four times more likely to have prior DUI convictions.

Auto Accident Attorneys in Sarasota Florida:

                If you have been injured in a Sarasota automobile accident due to another person’s negligence, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555. We will work to obtain the best possible compensation on your behalf. Call to schedule a free consultation.




When a person is fatally injured in a Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident due to another person’s negligence, there may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. The following accident scenarios can potentially lead to a wrongful death suit:

            Motor Vehicle Accidents: Accidents often occur due to a driver’s negligence. If a negligent driver is found to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and caused a fatal accident, the negligent driver can face penalties that may include jail time.

            Bus Accidents: Bus accidents sometimes occur due to over-tired operators. Buses often lack seatbelts which can lead to fatal injuries.

            Van Accidents: Vans are susceptible to rollover accidents especially if they are 15 passenger vans.

            Boats: Boating accident fatalities have been increasing. Boating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol or careless and/or reckless operation are often the reason for boating accident fatalities

Wrongful Death Compensation:

            A settlement from a wrongful death accident case goes to the estate of the deceased. Compensation can include medical expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering of deceased before death. Family members may be compensated for:

            Financial support

            Parental support

            Lost wages

            Emotional pain/stress

            Loss of deceased victim’s income

            Loss of consortium

            Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death

            Medical costs incurred by the deceased

            A wrongful death accident claim must have these two important issues:

            A negligent driver who exhibits bad driving behavior or a motor vehicle with a serious defect that caused the vehicle to malfunction.

            There must be an adequate insurance policy in place to compensate the victim’s family.

Who Can Recover From a Wrongful Death Case?

            Children: Minor children may be compensated for loss of parental companionship.

            Parent: Parents of a deceased minor child may seek compensation for pain and suffering.

            Spouse: The surviving spouse of a deceased accident victim may seek compensation for loss of companionship.

How to Prove a Wrongful Death Claim:

            If using negligence as an example, the Plaintiffs (the surviving family members or the Estate of the deceased victim) must show that the Defendant owed a duty of care to the victim, the Defendant breached that duty, the breach was a direct and proximate cause of the deceased victim’s death and the death caused the damages that the Plaintiffs are trying to recover.

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton:

            If you are a family member who has lost a loved one as the result of another person’s negligence, please contact Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A. at (941) 953-4555. You will never have to pay for our services as a Sarasota wrongful death attorney unless we help you recover compensation from the responsible party. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.

                According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), 13% of all pedestrian accidents in the nation occur in Florida. According to Florida Statute § 627.736, personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is required for every motor vehicle registered in Florida. If you are an injured pedestrian, the PIP coverage goes as follows:

                If you own a motor vehicle, your PIP coverage for that vehicle will pay these expenses; or

                If you do not own a motor vehicle, you may be entitled to PIP coverage from the auto insurance coverage of a resident relative who owns a motor vehicle; or

                If you do not own a motor vehicle, or reside with a resident who has auto coverage under which you are covered, then you may seek PIP coverage from the insurer of the motor vehicle who caused the accident (at-fault driver).

Lack of Protection for Pedestrians:

                A pedestrian has no protection when struck by an automobile. Serious bodily injuries can occur such as road rash, lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and even fatalities.

Alcohol Related Pedestrian Accidents:

                Many pedestrian accidents involve alcohol. More than a third of pedestrians killed and approximately 13% of the drivers involved in fatal pedestrian accidents had blood alcohol levels that exceeded the legal limit. In nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accidents, either the driver or pedestrian or both had consumed alcohol prior to the accident

Distracted Pedestrian Accidents:

                In about 11% of distracted pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian had been listening to music, 7% were texting and 6% were talking on a cell phone.

Why is Florida Home to so Many Pedestrian Accidents?

                Florida has many arterial roads which are high-speed, high-traffic arteries that connect to other high-speed, high-traffic roads. These roads were designed for fast moving heavy traffic and they are no match for pedestrians. Florida is also home to 4 of the 5 most deadly Interstates in the nation. They are: I-75, I-4, I-10 and I-95. According to the Florida Department of Transportation:

                40% of all pedestrian fatalities are alcohol related

                22.7% of all traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities involve pedestrians and bicyclists

                43% of pedestrian traffic fatalities occur at night on roads that are not well lit

                48% of pedestrian fatalities occur when the pedestrian crosses the street, but does not cross at an intersections

What to do if you are Involved in a Sarasota Pedestrian Accident:

                Call the Police: Call the police immediately after the accident, or ask for someone at the scene of the accident to call for you.

                Obtain insurance information: You should obtain insurance and contact information from any person involved in the accident. This information could possibly help you in making a claim for medical expenses or for other damages resulting from the accident.

                Seek Medical Attention: You should seek medical attention immediately after the accident. Even if you do not feel pain right away, injuries can manifest themselves days or even weeks after the accident

Sarasota and Bradenton Pedestrian Accident Attorneys:

            If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton pedestrian accident due to a negligent driver, please contact Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We will work to obtain the best possible compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future loss of income and pain and suffering. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to you if we don’t recover on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.




Presently, the trucking industry is lobbying for regulations that would allow trucks to increase their weight to 97,000 pounds. Currently trucks are restricted to 80,000 pounds. This would increase truck size by about 20%. Opponents argue that more rollover accidents are likely because large trucks are more difficult to maneuver, more difficult to steer and they take longer to stop. A truck weighing 80,000 pounds is 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatality than a truck weighing 50,000 to 65,000 pounds. Large trucks are susceptible to rollover accidents due to:

                A driver fails to adjust their speed to accommodate the high center of gravity

                A driver turns too sharply

                Distractions and fatigue can lead to corrections that result in rollover accident

                Difficulty maneuvering around curves

                Reckless driving

                Overloaded trucks

                Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

                Poor road conditions

                Poor visibility

Should 18 Year-Olds Be Allowed to Drive Big Rigs Across State Lines?

                Another bill making its way through the Senate would allow 18 year-olds to operate semi- trucks and tractor trailers. The reason the trucking industry is pushing for this law is due to the fact that there is a shortage of truckers across the United States. Shipping rates have also increased between 3 and 5 percent this year. Analysts for the trucking industry hope that by lowering the eligibility age for truck drivers, trucking companies will accept more applicants. The proposed bill would allow 18 year-olds to drive all commercial vehicles including passenger buses across state lines. Research has shown that drivers between the ages of 18 to 20 are 4 to 6 times more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents. Opponents insist that allowing teens to drive trucks that weigh 80,000 pounds and also allowing them to work up to 82 hours per week is a disaster waiting to happen. Combining inexperience, large trucks and high risk drivers may not be the brightest idea. The bill would restrict teens from riving over-sized loads or hauling hazardous materials. 48 states currently allow young commercial truck drivers to drive trucks within state borders.

                Safety advocates are also pushing to reduce the number of hours truck drivers can spend on the road. Since 2003, truckers have been allowed to spend 77 hours behind the wheel every week and 11 consecutive hours behind the wheel.

Injuries from Truck Accidents:

                Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Injuries from truck accidents can include:

                Broken bones

                Herniated discs

                Neck Injuries

                Back injuries

                Head injuries

                Traumatic brain injuries




Truck Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton:

                Truck accidents can be very devastating and increasing truck size, increasing truck drivers hours of service and letting teenagers drive big rigs can all lead to an increase in truck accidents and truck accident fatalities. If you have been involved in a Sarasota or Bradenton truck accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis and there is no fee unless we recover on your behalf. Please call us to schedule a free consultation.



Many different scenarios can lead to a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident. Wet surfaces, cracked sidewalks, torn carpeting, inadequate lighting are just a few of the more common reasons for slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents usually involve the legal theory of “premises liability.” Under the theory of premises liability, the owner of a property can be held legally liable for another person’s injury if the owner knew of the dangerous condition and did nothing to correct it. Premises liability contains the following elements:

                Duty: The owner of a property must take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is in a safe condition.

                Breach of Duty: The owner of the property violated the duty of keeping the property in a safe condition.

                Causation: The injury was caused by the owner’s breach of duty.

                Damages: The injured slip and fall accident victim suffered a physical injury and seeks reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, etc.

                If the property owner was not aware of the dangerous condition of the property, the owner may not be held liable.

                If the injured person was careless and failed to heed any warnings, comparative negligence can place some of the blame on the injured person.

Types of Injuries from A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                A Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident can lead to a wide range of injuries. The injuries can range from mild to life threatening. The following injuries can result from a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident:

                Broken Bones

                Muscle Strain


                Back Injuries

                Knee Injuries

                Hip Injuries

                Neck Injuries

                Slipped or Ruptured Discs

                Traumatic Brain Injuries

What to do After A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                Make sure you document everything.

                Remember what circumstances you fell under.

                Were there any defects that were visible at the time of your fall?

                Were there objects in the way or nearby that could have contributed to your fall?

                Was there a dangerous condition?

                Were there any warning signs to alert people to a potentially dangerous situation?

Always Seek Medical Attention Immediately After A Sarasota or Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident:

                You may not feel pain immediately following a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, but injuries don’t always show up right away. For health and legal reasons, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a slip and fall accident. Make sure to give the doctor as much information as you can remember in order to get an accurate diagnosis and also to help with evidence in your case.

Sarasota and Bradenton Slip and Fall Accident Attorney:

                If you have sustained injuries in a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall accident, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We will help obtain the best possible compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, loss of income in the future and pain and suffering. Call us to schedule a free initial consultation.


Red light running accidents are responsible for about 900 fatalities and 165,000 injuries every year. Statistics from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) from 2013 show:

            There were 697 fatalities in 2013 caused by red light running accidents.

            127,000 people were injured in red light running accidents in 2013.

            Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign is the most common reason for motor vehicle accidents.

How to Prevent Red Light Running Accidents:

            Always stop for red lights and stop signs.

            When turning right on red, always check for pedestrians and vehicles before making the turn.

            Do not try to speed through a yellow light. Slow down and stop.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are 10 things that people may not know about red-light running:

  1. Running red lights or other traffic control signals is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  2. People are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running accident than any other type of accident.
  3. In the last ten years, red-light running accidents killed nearly 9,000 people.
  4. The cost to society of all motor vehicle accidents exceeds $230 billion annually.
  5. An estimated 165,000 cyclists, pedestrians and motorists are injured by red-light runners every year.
  6. Someone runs a red light at an intersection every 20 minutes.
  7. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the people who violated the signal. They are innocent passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injuries every day at intersections with signals in the United States.
  9. About 93% of drivers agree that running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 report having done so in the past 30 days.
  10. The costs and tragedies associated with red-light running are preventable

Do Red Light Cameras Prevent Red-Light Running Accidents and Save Lives?

            A May 2010 report from the Institute of Transportation Engineers concluded that red light cameras help reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents. A November 2010 report from the National Research Council showed that speed control programs could possibly save up to 2,000 lives a year in the United States. Another recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway safety (IIHS) concluded that red light cameras saved 159 lives from 2004-2008 in America’s largest cities. Many surveys find support for red light cameras, but there are also many people who insist that the cameras violate privacy and are just being implemented as a way to generate revenue.

Red-Light Running Accident Attorneys in Sarasota and Bradenton Florida:

            If you have been injured due to the negligence of a Sarasota or Bradenton red light runner, please contact the Michael L. Morgan Law Group, P.A., at (941) 953-4555. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless we recover compensation on your behalf. Please call today to schedule a free consultation.