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Florida Highway Patrol on the scene of a deadly I-4 crash

At approximately 9:25 p.m. on March 12, a bizarre motor vehicle accident occurred on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, and a couple visiting from Missouri is dead as a result. A 66-year-old man died in the crash, and his 69-year-old wife succumbed to her injuries later at the hospital.

According to witnesses, the accident transpired when the westbound driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck apparently lost control after changing lanes. The pickup truck went off the road and into the median before striking the guardrail. At that point, the pickup became airborne and subsequently landed on the eastbound GMC sport utility vehicle occupied by the couple.

Florida crash kills 1 person, injures 4 others

On March 11, four people were hurt and one person died in a four-vehicle collision in Osceola County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened around 10 a.m.

Authorities stated a 24-year-old Kissimmee man was driving his two-door Hyundai south on Reaves Road when he entered into northbound traffic near Poinciana Boulevard. The Hyundai sideswiped a car driven by a 73-year-old Poinciana woman, who was uninjured. It then crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old Puerto Rico man, which was subsequently rear-ended by a Chevrolet driven by a 50-year-old Poinciana woman.

The relationship between car accidents and distracted driving

Distraction while driving may be cognitive, manual or visual. As some Florida drivers may know, the most dangerous distractions combine all three of these. The act of texting is one of these said distractions.

All forms of distracted driving are a serious safety issue. More than 3,000 people per year were killed in 2011 and 2012 in accidents that had a distracted driver, and distracted driving was a factor in car accidents that left 387,000 people injured in 2011 and 421,000 people injured in 2012.

Road rage can cause accidents

Florida drivers might have experienced situations wherein which they exhibited signs or were victims of road rage. Even people who might be otherwise normally calm and reserved might exhibit extreme behavior behind the wheel when angered by another driver.

There are many causes of road rage, and it can be a factor in some car accidents. Road rage is often the result of a false sense of security felt by people inside their vehicles, which may lead to a disregard of consequences. This sense of invincibility might cause a person to act in an aggressive manner that would usually be avoided in face-to-face situations due to social cues.

Elderly Florida woman severely hurt when dragged under bus

A 58-year-old male bus driver for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has been cited by police for causing serious injury after failing to perform due care. According to the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, he was driving the bus that hit a 72-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Publix store located at 36301 East Lake Road, in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The driver, who is from St. Petersburg, was driving the PSTA bus northward in the parking lot when it struck the woman while she was in the east crosswalk outside the store. She became trapped underneath the bus and was dragged along before the bus stopped, police said.

Florida car crash kills 1 and injures 2 others

On the night of March 13, a man from Illinois was killed in a two-car collision in St. Augustine, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 8:40 p.m. while he was driving a 2014 Ford Fusion in St. John's County with a female passenger in the car.

A 24-year-old St. Augustine man in a 1991 Ford Mustang was behind him on State Route 16 when they neared St. Francis Road. The FHP reported that the driver of the Fusion turned right entering St. Francis Road and then tried to make a U-turn directly into the path of the Mustang, which he apparently did not see coming toward him on SR 16. When they reached the intersection, the Mustang struck the Fusion on the left hand side.

Shoulder injuries and auto accidents

Shoulder trauma is a common problem. In a Florida car collision, occupants could sustain fractures to the shoulder blade or collarbone. Dislocations are another type of shoulder injury. Soft tissue injuries can involve tears of tendons, muscles, ligaments or the joint capsule, such as a rotator cuff tear. These injuries may cause swelling, bruising, limited movement and severe pain.

Most fractures, separations and dislocations can be treated without surgery, but there are situations where surgery is necessary. If the collarbone has a compound fracture, is showing through the skin or is seriously out of place, surgery to insert plates, screws or rods in the bone may be used to fix the problem. About 10 to 20 percent of shoulder blade fractures need surgery. Plates, screws or pins are used for upper arm surgery when bone fractures have shifted out of position. A shoulder replacement might be required in some cases. Shoulders that are separated upward or dislocations in downward directions usually require surgery to repair the ligaments. Young patients generally require surgery for dislocations. Surgery to repair torn soft tissues is usually required when repeated dislocations of the shoulder have occurred.

Some statistics about motorcycle accidents

Florida residents may be interested in learning more about the risks associated with motorcycles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that, among motorcyclists, the death and injury rates per vehicle mile driven is significantly higher than for occupants of passenger vehicles. In 2012, for every 100,000 motorcycles that were registered, 60 were involved in a fatal crash, more than four times the rate of passenger cars.

The Federal Highway Administration reported that as of 2012, there were more approximately 8.5 million motorcycles on American roadways. More than 4,600 people were killed in motorcycle accidents during 2013. That total represented more than a 6 percent decline from the previous year, when nearly 5,000 were killed. Approximately 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents during 2013 as well. There was more than a 5 percent decline in the number injured on motorcycle accidents between 2012 and 2013.

Some statistics about impaired driving

In 2012, nearly one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the country were due to crashes that involved alcohol impairment. The trend continues with a traffic death caused by alcohol impairment occurring about once every 51 minutes. This statistic, compiled from various sources and studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is costly to all the states, including Florida.

Of course, there are many more accidents caused by drug and alcohol impairment that cause injury and not death. Fortunately, there are numerous things that can be done to prevent and minimize the number of both life-taking and life-threatening traffic accidents.

Symptoms and causes of whiplash in Florida car crashes

Florida residents who have been in car accidents, as well as those who have read media accounts of those types of incidents, have heard of the term "whiplash". This very real type of injury is one that may not present itself for several hours or even days after an accident, and thus people who suffer from it may not be immediately aware they have been injured.

Whiplash is very common in rear-end collision accidents, especially to people occupying the vehicle that is hit. The impact releases physical forces, causing a sudden movement forward followed by a sudden decrease in speed. This violent front-and-back jerking motion can cause the car occupants' heads to move forward rapidly and then overextend backwards as the forces subside.

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