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1 dead, 4 injured in crash in Florida

On April 7, it was reported that a 68-year-old man was killed after he became involved in a car accident in Florida. Authorities reported that the incident occurred on State Road 54 near Trophy Boulevard at approximately 10:40 a.m.

According to the available report, a 38-year-old female driver was traveling east on State Road 54 when she came to a stop in the center lane to avoid striking an animal in the road. As she slowed, the 18-year-old driver of a Volkswagen vehicle that was directly behind her attempted to change lanes but struck the stopped vehicle and a Dodge van that was in the vicinity. The impact caused the Dodge to be pushed into the oncoming lanes where it struck a 2008 Toyota pickup truck that was being driven by the 68-year-old man.

Driver admits falling asleep in serious Florida car accident

A man and woman were pinned in their vehicle for close to an hour after it was overturned in a crash on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County. A representative from the Florida Highway Patrol said the couple's 2008 Ford pickup towing a trailer had been hit from behind.

A 45-year-old man from Port St. Lucie was the driver of the 2007 Toyota SUV that struck the trailer. He had been heading southbound on the turnpike and admitted to troopers that he had fallen asleep at the wheel.

Car thought to be involved in fatal hit-and-run accident found

Police in Florida moved one step closer to apprehending a hit-and-run driver who left a cyclist to die in the street when they located what they are confident is the vehicle involved. Police discovered the badly damaged Nissan Altima parked behind a house in southwest Miami-Dade County after executing a search warrant. No individuals were present when police arrived at the house, and no information has been released about the owner of the Nissan. However, police reported that crude attempts had been made to conceal the Nissan's smashed windshield and significant front-end damage.

Police say that they are sure that the Nissan was the car that struck a cyclist during the early morning hours of March 26 on Bird Road in Coral Gables. A police officer came across the cyclist lying in the street at approximately 3:13 a.m. The man's bicycle was subsequently discovered about four blocks away. It is thought that the driver pulled over after fleeing the scene to remove the mangled bicycle from the front of the Nissan.

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.

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