Millennials and Generation Z seem glued to smartphones. They won’t eat until they’ve broadcasted a picture of their meal to all of their friends. They won’t buy something until they’ve checked for a better price on Amazon. They won’t believe something until they’ve verified it on the always-correct Internet. This pandemic is benign until it spreads into moving vehicles. In 2017, the majority (53%) of U.S. distracted drivers using cell phones when involved in a fatal car crash were under 30 years old. To discourage distracted driving, Florida lawmakers strengthened the 2019 Florida Driving While Distracted Law.
Bicycles have increasingly become a primary mode of transportation. And with that an increase in the number of people injured in bicycle accidents has increased.
In Florida a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle, and the rider considered a driver. While a bicyclist has the same rights as a driver, they are also expected to obey the same laws as drivers. These include stopping for red lights, at stop signs, using lights at night, riding with the flow of traffic and yielding to pedestrians and yielding the right of way when entering roadways.
When we conjure up images of car accidents, we imagine immediate pain and trauma, followed by the wailing of ambulance sirens. A catastrophe, in other words. The truth is most of us will not have an accident, but if you see reports of the recent car accidents in Orlando, you might think it could happen to you.
Each year, there are approximately 10 million car accidents in the U.S. With so many accidents occurring on the roads, it is virtually impossible to name all the different types of collisions that may occur. However, there are specific types of accidents that occur more frequently than others. One sobering fact is that in 2016 there were 37,461 fatal car accidents, 3174 of those in Florida. As an experienced car accident lawyer in Orlando we know the ins and outs of car accidents based on our own cases as well as Orlando car accident reports.
At 12:30 am on January 17, 2017, 43-year-old Alexis Monroe left her parents home in Summer field, Marion County and headed for Tampa. Earlier that day, the mother of two daughters had an argument with her boyfriend. As was customary whenever she wanted time to cool off, Alexis left for Tampa to spend time with close friends. Her night journey would however end in tragedy shortly thereafter.