There are a number of car crashes caused each year when drivers fail to brake in time. While this is often due to human error, such as when motorists are distracted or are following the car in front of them too closely, it can sometimes be the result of mechanical failure.
Florida residents, especially those in the trucking industry, may be interested in the upcoming inspection blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. These inspections, usually conducted annually, serve as a reminder to truckers about the importance of safety and vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Improper upkeep and load securing is a leading cause of truck-related accidents.
Florida truckers may be familiar with the efforts of a California company to make trucks drive in an autonomous mode. On Feb. 3, the company successfully transported freight on the highway for 120 miles with its driverless truck technology. The company's co-founder stated his software was developed so that drivers can remotely control their trucks from an office, which could improve safety and allow drivers to spend more time at home.
Technology companies and automakers envision fewer accidents once their self-driving cars become mainstream. In this vision of the future, accidents on Florida roads will require a new type of insurance adjustment evaluation to assign liability. An insurance claims expert said that product liability claims could replace claims against drivers when people are not fully in control of vehicles.
The 76th annual Bike Week begins this Friday in Daytona, drawing an estimated 500,000 motorcyclists to the central Florida coast. It is a week that lasts ten days - March 10 to March 19 - and features a range of races, concerts, parties and street festivals. The event generates an estimated $300 million for the local economy, according to Bike Week Report.
Both the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have released data that shows that the number of fatal crashes in 2016 were much higher than in previous years. In 2016, it is estimated that more than 40,000 people were killed in an accident, including many in Florida. According to the NSC, that is a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014.