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Mental health has an impact on driver safety. While there are no statistics to determine how many Hollywood and Florida truck accidents can be linked to mental disorders or mental distress, researchers agree that depression and other mental conditions can and do compromise road safety. Mental illness can lead to changes in sleep patterns and overall health, for example, which can in turn affect focus. Some conditions, such as dementia, can lead to confusion and cognitive difficulties which can make driving difficult.

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Truck drivers and trucking companies are increasingly recognizing this problem and pursuing solutions. There are many things truck drivers can and do try to improve their mental health:

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Big rigs, tractor trailers, and other commercial trucks have big side-view mirrors sticking out their sides. Most people see these mirrors as an important safety feature—one that allows drivers to see along the sides of their truck. However, a new plan suggests getting rid of these mirrors could actually help prevent trucking collisions.

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In fact, in Europe, American company Stoneridge Inc. has already replaced some big rig side mirrors with a system of sensors and cameras. The trucks with these devices have been on the road since 2016 and proponents say the pilot project shows that replacing side-view mirrors can reduce truck accidents while improving fuel efficiency. Now, the company is using the system on real-world trucks in America and is seeking exemptions for mirrors from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Continue reading →

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As a society, we are becoming more aware of mental illness and the need to help those who suffer from it. However, even though we are making progress in reducing the stigma surrounding this condition, it remains an invisible problem, in many cases. And truck drivers may be especially prone to mental illness because of their jobs.

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Trucking is stressful, requiring long hours on the road and adherence to tight deadlines. Isolation while driving can exacerbate symptoms or can cause difficulties, all while creating a situation where drivers may struggle to form closer support networks. In addition, the near-misses on the road coupled with challenges in eating healthfully and getting exercise can mean issues such as depression can impact truck drivers disproportionately.

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Tire problems and defects can and do cause many truck collisions in Homestead, Miami, and other South Florida communities. You may have seen the strips of tire on the road from a tire blowout when driving in the area. While some of these incidents are caused by debris on the road, many are preventable and may be attributed to poor tire maintenance.

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Truck drivers are expected to check their tires regularly and trucking companies are also expected to properly maintain their fleets. When this does not happen, trucking accidents in Homestead and other communities can occur as tires blow out or fail to function correctly.

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Truck drivers get extensive training to handle the many risks of the road, but not everything can be controlled. Something as simple as emotional state can have a profound impact on road safety and on trucking accidents.

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While more studies are needed on the impact of emotions on trucking accidents, there is evidence linking strong emotional states with car collisions. According to a study from Virginia Tech, motorists who drive when sad, agitated, or anxious have ten times the risk of being in a car accident. This makes sadness more dangerous than distracted or fatigued driving, according to the study. Other studies have linked anger while driving to speeding and have found a correlation between anger and slow speeds as well as sharp braking.

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Tanker trucks carry highly unstable liquids and can be used to transport hazardous materials, such as gas. A recent federal investigation in California following two tanker truck explosions linked to one company has shone the spotlight on tanker safety.

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U.S. hazardous materials transportation regulations regulate tanker safety in Hollywood, Florida and across the country. Among other requirements, these standards establish what constitutes correct maintenance and repairs of tankers carrying dangerous cargo. For example, when repairs involving welding are needed on these commercial tankers, U.S. hazardous materials transportation regulations require only professionals with certification are permitted to complete the welding work on the trucks.

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Nursing homes in Hollywood and South Florida are supposed to be safe facilities for elderly residents who need additional support with everyday tasks. Some of the residents who are in nursing homes have mobility issues while others have cognitive conditions or conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

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Unfortunately, when nursing home residents are not given the adequate care and supervision they need, they can become involved in pedestrian accidents outside the nursing home. This can happen in a number of ways, and all of them are preventable:

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For teens, driving is a route to freedom and many young teens eagerly look forward to the day they can start the process of learning to drive. While many teens want to drive safely and carefully, however, there is sometimes pressure on young drivers to take risks. Pressure from friends and the attraction of trying to test the boundaries of freedom can unfortunately mean teen drivers can take risks which can lead them to car collisions in Hollywood or their community.

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Fortunately, parents have a great deal of power when it comes to helping their young drivers stay safe on the roads. There are several ways you can drive home the message about safe driving:

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Some experts believe that changing our clocks one hour during the spring and fall is linked to an increase in traffic accidents. In the future, Florida is considering becoming the first state to adopt daylight saving time all year long. This would mean later sunsets and sunrises in the winter months, when most tourists visit. It may also mean fewer people adjusting to a new schedule twice a year.

Even if the resolution passes, we might not see changes on our clocks until 2019 or even later. Until then, there are a few ways to keep yourself safe on the streets and reduce your risk of a trucking accident in Hollywood or your community:

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Children are at risk of pedestrian accidents when walking around, even when they are with parents. Kids are hard to truck drivers to see from a cab and since young children are still learning the ins and outs of traffic rules, they can make mistakes which can lead to traffic collisions in Hollywood and other communities.

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If you want to keep your child safe from truck accidents, there are a few things you can do:

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