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3 Tips To Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident

3 Tips To Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident

The SunRail commuter train line is still relatively new to the area having opened in spring of 2014, and it seems the line is taking a bit of getting used to. Orlando SunRail accident numbers are up to 15 since the line opened. Many of these accidents have to do with cars being on the tracks at the wrong time. In train-automobile accidents, the automobile always loses. Even though there are warning lights, sounds, and crossing arms that block access to the tracks, accidents still happen. Drivers need to take extra precautions when crossing SunRail tracks to protect themselves from deadly accidents. Avoid An Orlando SunRail Accident Common sense and basic safety tips can help keep drivers safe near SunRail lines. Follow these basic safety tips to avoid an Orlando SunRail accident: Obey railroad crossing signs. Stop when the lights are flashing and crossing arms are down. Don’t try to beat the train or drive around the crossing arms. Trains cannot stop in time to avoid hitting something on the tracks. They are simply too big, too fast, and too heavy. There’s also nowhere for them to go, they can’t swerve to avoid an accident. If something is in front of them, they’re going to hit it. Don’t sit on the tracks. It’s not unusual to see cars stop on the tracks as they wait for traffic to move forward. This is not safe under any circumstances. Even if the crossing arms have gone up and the lights have turned off, it does not mean the tracks will remain clear long enough for you to move forward. Don’t chance...
Fixed vs. Mobile Theme Park Liability

Fixed vs. Mobile Theme Park Liability

Amusement parks are a popular attraction throughout the United States, with millions visiting the many theme parks available every year. Both mobile and fixed theme parks present dangers and many Americans are injured or killed at theme parks each year. Theme park regulation may vary depending upon the type of amusement park and the state in which the theme park is located, which can affect park liability and the resulting consequences for injuries sustained. Fixed versus Mobile Regulation Mobile theme parks such as carnivals and fairs are regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This means that the CSPS oversees licensing, inspection, and insurance requirements for rides that are moved from location to location. The CSPS also prepares reports pertaining to injuries which are sustained on property. The “Roller Coaster Loophole” A loophole in the Consumer Product Safety Act of 1981 prohibits the CSPS from federally regulating rides at fixed theme parks such as Walt Disney World. This loophole also prevents the CSPS from gaining access to injury statistics at fixed site theme parks, so the general public is often not made aware of injuries at those parks. Fixed site theme park regulation is left up to state and local jurisdiction. In many states, there are regulations regarding inspections and insurance requirements, but reporting is not mandated. In several states, there are no regulations regarding theme park safety. Fixed Theme Park Dangers While all theme parks have an inherent risk of danger, those that are not inspected regularly pose an additional risk. States which do not closely regulate fixed site theme parks may potentially fail to hold theme...
Amusement Park Safety

Amusement Park Safety

More than 400 amusement parks and attractions host millions of Americans each year. Amusement parks, also commonly referred to as theme parks, provide entertainment for individuals of all ages. However, amusement parks can also present special dangers. It is important for families and individuals to practice amusement park safety. Amusement park safety can help to prevent avoidable accidents and injuries. Follow Park Rules Following park rules is one of the main amusement park safety tips for preventing avoidable accidents and injuries. Visitors should always obey each ride’s height and weight requirements. Those with certain health conditions should pay close attention to each ride’s safety notices. In many cases, rides will discourage the participation of visitors with conditions such as epilepsy, heart problems, or back problems. Ride Safety While on rides, visitors should keep their arms and legs inside the seating area to avoid potential injuries. All available restraints and safety devices should be worn according to guidelines and fastened snugly to prevent unwanted movement or sliding. If riders are uncomfortable, they should speak with a ride operator or attendant instead of attempting to slip under or out of safety devices. Avoid Overheating Amusement parks often see increased traffic in the summer months. When the temperatures are soaring, it is important for families to stay cool. Overexposure to the sun and heat can cause dangerous conditions such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and sunburn. Individuals should wear cool and loose-fitting clothing and drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. Water is the best beverage choice for optimal hydration. Individuals should also wear sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses if needed. Those who exhibit...
Spring Break Destination: Orlando

Spring Break Destination: Orlando

Orlando is known as a hot spot for family-friendly vacations.  By taking some simple precautions you and your family can enjoy Orlando and all it has to offer. Orlando is known as a hot spot for family-friendly vacations.  You maybe surprised however, to learn that during the months of March and April, Orlando also ranks number one as the most dangerous spring break destination. Hard to believe yes, but according to 2011 study conducted by AVVO the rates of injury and violence exceed normal limits within the city boundaries. Unfortunately criminals are more likely to take advantage of visitors to Orlando during the busy spring break season when security at events and entertainment venues is overwhelmed.  A memorable vacation can take an unfortunate turn if people are not vigilant or cautious of their surroundings.  Additionally, many slip and fall accidents occur as visitors navigate through resort complexes, theme parks and other unfamiliar places.  To better protect your family and friends here are several safety tips: If staying in a hotel make sure you are exiting and entering via well-lit areas, and whenever possible always have a companion with you. Keep doors locked with the security chain fastened at all times. Don’t multi-task.  If you need to take a call or take a photo, stop and focus.  Criminals like to take advantage of the busy visitor who has an open bag displaying their personal belongings and is who is distracted. Be aware that Florida’s humid weather often leaves a slippery dew on sidewalks, concrete surfaces and pool decks. When at a location where drinks are being served check the area...
Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

Hotel and Motel Fire Safety

Hotel and Motel Fire Safety:  With so many families traveling to Orlando for spring break, this month’s blog will highlight some important fire safety tips that can keep you and your family safe while staying in a hotel or motel.  Read the blog or watch the video. Hi.  I’m Sam King, a personal injury attorney in Orlando, Florida.  With so many families traveling to Orlando for spring break, this month’s blog will highlight some important fire safety tips that can keep you and your family safe while staying in a hotel or motel. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 3,900 fires occur each year in hotels and motels.  Just last summer, here in Orlando, a three-alarm fire destroyed a 430 room hotel located about a mile from Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Imagine if you or your family were staying at that hotel when the fire broke out.  Would you know what to do?   Unfortunately, most visitors are focused on other details and are unprepared for such an emergency. Here are 3 tips that will prepare you and your family best handle with a fire emergency in your hotel or motel.  Always pack a flashlight.  During a fire, power is often cut off leaving the hotel in complete darkness.  Make sure you know how far the nearest fire exit is from your room.  It’s a good idea to actually count the number of doors between your room and the exit. This way you will be able navigate your way to the exit even if you can’t see. If you can not escape because the fire is right...

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