Accident & Injury News April
You might keep saying, ” I would never forget my child in the car, some parents are reckless and forgetful but I am not one of them?” We are here to tell you that contrary to popular belief, it can absolutely happen to you.
For example, Raelyn Balfour thought it was just the fault of irresponsible parents, until it unfortunately happened to here. According to the NHTSA, one morning, while feeling tired, overwhelmed, and distracted—feelings familiar to most parents with young children—she mistakenly thought she had already dropped her 9-month-old son, Bryce, at daycare before she continued on to her office. In reality, he was still in the back seat of her car. By the time she realized it, heatstroke had taken Bryce’s life. Read more about preventing this here.
As it is distracted driving awareness month, we want to remind everyone to stay focused on the road. No one more than Don Moore wants to get this message across. After being hit by a distracted driver Moore suffered from a severe leg injury and had to have it amputated. Read more about his story here.
Michael McCormick was riding his bike in Longboat Key when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver who sped off. This harrowing story is a reminder to never get behind the wheel, even if you feel just “buzzed”. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Read more about the consequences of drunk driving here.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week occurred the second week of this month, with the purpose of educating dog owners and the general public about how to prevent dog bites. The IIHS and State Farm released a report for this event that revealed how much dog bite claims have increased over the paste decade.
Since 2006 the number of dog bite claims against homeowners has increased by 20%. The average payout of a dog bite claim has also increased, by over $11,ooo. In 2016 the total payouts for dog bite claims totaled over $600 million. Read more about how to prevent dog bites and Florida liability here.
A 14-year-old boy caused a huge accident on I-4 injuring his younger siblings and parents. It goes without saying, but DO NOT let your underage children drive. If you are unable to drive, make other arrangements that are safe.
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