Stairs that don't comply with building codes or ramps that don't meet safety requirements for disabled persons can lead to serious slip and fall accident injuries. Many times buildings don't meet these requirements Perhaps an unlicensed contractor didn't follow safety standards or the building's owner failed to fix the dangerous condition. Maybe the dangerous condition existed for years without any accidents or injuries occurring.
Automobile manufacturers are experimenting with vehicle to vehicle technology and vehicle to infrastructure technology that will eventually be installed in new vehicles to help alert drivers of impending collisions or dangerous road conditions. Vehicles installed with this technology will be able to communicate with other vehicles and will also be able to communicate with traffic signals, toll booths or other types of infrastructure.
Dangerous conditions that can lead to a Sarasota or Bradenton slip and fall or trip and fall accident are often the result of improper maintenance of a surface used for walking or the result of poor design. Slippery surfaces (often caused by a spilled liquid) are also to blame for many slip and fall accidents. Another situation that can lead to a slip and fall accident is inadequate lighting. Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere including but not limited to; shopping centers, schools, supermarkets, offices, restaurants, sidewalks, etc...
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted a study on the link between vehicle age and fatality rates. Because newer vehicles have so many new safety features, the fatality rates are much lower. Driver behavior has also improved, at least with regard to seat belt use. Vehicle occupant protection has also improved, such as better child safety seats and booster seats.
Sarasota and Bradenton motor vehicle accidents frequently result in back injuries. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
Pain that radiates through the legs
Numbness in back, arms or legs
If too much time passes between the accident and medical treatment, it may become more difficult to prove that the back injury was caused by the accident.
An airbag that doesn't deploy upon impact or an airbag that deploys when it is not supposed to can cause serious or even fatal injuries. An airbag is a very important piece of equipment that can reduce the force of an impact during a motor vehicle accident. Auto manufacturers are responsible for ensuring safety features such as airbags in their vehicles. If a problem is uncovered, a recall must be issued. Vehicle owners should keep updated on vehicle recalls in case their own vehicle is at risk. Recently, Toyota recalled around 803,000 crossover vehicles and sedans because of problems in their airbags.
Restaurants owe a duty of care to their patrons to provide them with an environment that is safe and secure. If there is any potentially dangerous situation in or around the restaurant, the owner or restaurant operator needs to have it repaired or at the very least, warn patrons of the danger. If the restaurant owner or operator fails to remedy the situation or fails to warn the patron, the restaurant may be held liable for any injuries that may occur. A restaurant owner has a duty to:
Wipe up any spills right away.
Maintain parking lots to avoid any trips and falls.
Make sure there is adequate lighting to prevent any trip and fall accidents.
Have the restaurant inspected for safety on a regular basis.
It would be obvious to most drivers that if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and you hit another vehicle you should pull over, offer assistance and give your insurance and contact information. Unfortunately in Florida that doesn't always happen. By law, Florida drivers are required to stop if they're involved in an accident with any injuries or property damage. A negligent driver who flees the scene in a hit and run accident can cause property damage, serious injuries and even fatalities
Traffic accidents involving tractor trailers account for about 8% of all traffic accident fatalities. A large commercial 18 wheeler weighs about 25 times more than an average car and in accidents involving these large vehicles, serious, catastrophic or even fatal injuries can occur. Often, the truck driver causes the accident and one of the main contributing factors is driver fatigue. A drowsy driver is also a distracted driver. Following are some tips on avoiding accidents with tractor trailers:
Keep a Safe Distance:
Always remember that it takes longer for a large vehicle to brake, so tailgating can be extremely dangerous. Always maintain a safe distance, and when passing a truck, do it quickly and pay full attention to the road in front of you. Also maintain a safe distance when changing lanes in front of a truck.
A traumatic brain injury can occur when an outside force injures the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be caused in a variety of ways including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, recreational activities, assaults or job related accidents. Falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries accounting for about 28% of TBI's. About 20% of TBI's are caused by motor vehicle accidents, 19% from being struck by an object, 11% from violence, 3% from non-motor vehicle bicycle accidents and it is estimated that between 1.6 and 3.8 million brain injuries every year are related to recreational activities. Most traumatic brain injuries sustained by children are due to falls.
A pedestrian was struck and killed early Sunday morning in a tragic accident on North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida. Pedestrians are very vulnerable on our busy Sarasota streets and the state of Florida has more pedestrian accidents than any other state. Four of the ten worst metropolitan areas for pedestrian accidents are located in Florida. A 2010 report from the Florida Department of Safety and Motor Vehicles offers the following statistics:
In 2010, there were 7,894 pedestrian accidents in Florida and 499 involved fatalities.
Even though there were fewer pedestrian accidents in 2010 than there were in 2009, there were more fatalities.
13% of all Florida pedestrian accidents involved children ages 15 and under.
16 of the 499 pedestrians killed were under 10 years of age.
There has been another fatal bicycle accident in Sarasota, Florida. The latest bicycle accident fatality occurred on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 on 10th Street and Central Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. The accident victim was airlifted to Blake Trauma Center immediately following the accident, but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. The young man had ridden his bicycle into an intersection and was struck by a van. The driver of the van was unable to avoid hitting the cyclist. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.
A Sarasota or Bradenton motor vehicle accident can result in a painful shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries are very common in motor vehicle accidents. Injuries to the shoulder often involve the clavicle (collar bone), proximal humerus (top of the upper arm bone) and the scapula (shoulder blade). A clavicle fracture usually results in the following symptoms: Range of Motion (ROM) is limited, there is swelling near the middle of the collarbone area and there may be a bump under the skin. Symptoms of a Humerus fracture include: swollen shoulder, very limited range of motion of the shoulder and intense pain. Symptoms of a fractured scapula include: extreme pain upon movement, swelling around back of shoulder and abrasions. Other shoulder injuries include:
A SLAP Tear: This occurs when a tear in the cartilage separates the cartilage from the bone of the joint.
A Rotator Cuff Tear: This refers to a tear to the four muscles in the shoulder.
The National Sleep Foundation has declared November 3-10, 2013 as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The campaign, which takes place every year, provides public education and information regarding the risks of driving while drowsy. Many transportation workers report that drowsy driving has caused safety problems on the road. 20% of pilots, 18% of train operators and 14% of truck drivers report a "near miss" as the result of drowsy driving.
Thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents every year. Many slip and fall accidents are relatively minor, but serious injuries can result, especially if the accident victim is elderly. Recovery from injuries from a slip and fall accident can take many months. Often, the slip and fall accident injury is permanent. For instance, an elderly slip and fall accident victim can break their hip resulting in an inability to walk without the assistance of a cane or wheelchair. A young person can slip and fall, strike their head and suffer a traumatic brain injury.