On May 6, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspectors checked the brakes on commercial vehicles in Florida as part of an unannounced inspection spree. Over 50,000 wheel ends on a total of 6,337 commercial vehicles in the U.S. and Canada were inspected during the daylong event. The CVSA put 14.2 percent of the inspected vehicles out of service for some type of brake violation.
Statistics that have been compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding cargo tank rollover accidents in Florida and around the country show that they do not occur for the reasons that most people think that they do. The ideas that rollovers happen more in bad weather, on bad roads or to new drivers appear to be incorrect. Instead, mechanical defects and mistakes in loading seem to be the culprits in the majority of situations.
Florida residents whose parents are aging may be concerned about the type of care that their loved ones will be receiving. The National Institute of Justice estimates that 10 percent of senior citizens in the U.S. are subjected to some form of elder abuse every year. Elder abuse may be hard to prove, as it often depends on the nature of the offense and the severity of any existing conditions.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two teenagers who were involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on July 1 are now cooperating with an ongoing investigation. One of the teens, who is believed to be the driver of a car that struck and killed a 58-year-old Orlando man, has been taken into custody and is being held in juvenile detention.