Intersection Dangers

dangerousIntersections can be the most dangerous part of anyone’s daily commute. These planned points of conflict occur on Local streets, state and U.S. highways, or county roads. Cars, pedestrians, and cyclists all converge in one spot and are forced to negotiate safe passage.  Successfully addressing intersections is a major factor in road safety challenges we all face. According to an article written for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Report, there were more than 2.3 million reported intersection-related crashes, resulting in more than 7,770 fatalities and approximately 733,000 injury crashes in 2008.”

Intersections can become congested when traffic volumes are high. This causes inefficiencies and user delays that result in increasing frustrations and poor judgment. Personal injuries in Ocala Florida were numerous. In 2013 the Florida Highway Patrol issued 122 citations, city police agencies issued 259 citations, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued 36 citations, all for red light running. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners annually.   

To help mitigate the risks intersections pose and reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala must come up with diverse strategies to address intersection safety.  Engineering based strategies, which includes geometric design and the application of traffic control devices (such as signs, markings and signals) need to be utilized to successfully design a safe system for our intersections.  Those strategies alone will not solve the problem. It is equally important to involve education and enforcement measures.

In an effort to educate and further reduce the amount of personal injuries, Ocala residents are encouraged to read the following excerpt from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. An article entitled “10 things we bet you didn’t know about red light running” sheds further light on the subject.

“Ten Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About Red-Light Running”

  1. You or your loved ones are more likely to be injured due to a red-light running related crash than any other type of crash.
  2. Running red lights or other traffic controls is the most common cause of all urban crashes.
  3. Someone runs a red light an average of every 20 minutes at urban intersections
  4. In the last decade, red-light running crashes killed nearly 9,000 people
  5. An estimated 165,000 motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are injured annually by red-light runners.
  6. Half of the people killed by red-light runners are not the signal violators, they are passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
  7. Nearly 93% of drivers believe running a red light is unacceptable, yet 1 in 3 drivers reported doing so in the past 30 days.
  8. There are an average of 7 fatal crashes and over 1,000 injury crashes EVERY DAY at signalized intersections across the United States.
  9. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.
  10. The tragedies and costs resulting from red-light running are preventable!”

(For the full article go here

Intersection safety is not only a national or state priority, it is also local priority. If you are the victim of a signal violator and have suffered a personal injury in Ocala or Marion County, seek legal advice immediately. Olsen Law Firm, PA has an established reputation in the community for their devotion to helping victims of negligence.  Contact them today for a free conciliation.

The Umbrella of Professional Malpractice



You may have heard the term “Medical Malpractice” in the news or on a television medical drama, but did you know that medical malpractice is actually a type of professional malpractice that falls under personal injury law? Though medical malpractice is the most commonly known of the types of professional malpractices, there are other fields where malpractice occurs. Basically, if you have someone who claims to be an expert or a professional in their field, whether it be accounting, architecture, or law, you have the potential for malpractice.


As with medical malpractice, professional malpractice rests on the notion of negligence. A New York personal injury lawyer will help you prove personal injury through the negligence of anyone claiming to be an expert in a field. Here’s what negligence might look like in different fields.


Accounting Malpractice

Did your accountant screw up your tax forms? Perhaps he or she fudged your numbers or took a little off the top, or just really didn’t know what they were doing. While there can be criminal repercussions for these actions, there is also the possibility of civil action with a personal injury lawsuit to help recover some of the losses caused by the negligence of an accountant.


Architectural or Engineering Malpractice

Whether the blueprints were faulty and resulted in a building collapse or the math was wrong, resulting in loss time and money, Architectural and Engineering malpractice can not only lead to the damage of property, but to the loss of life or limb, depending on the situation. The repercussions of this type of malpractice can be monumental.


Therapist Malpractice

We trust therapists with our secrets, from our darkest thoughts to our fears. What if they chose to use this information against use or abused their professional power to harm a patient? Plenty of movies have explored the intimate relationship between a therapist and his or her patient, though generally they don’t drop the phrase “professional malpractice,” though the aforementioned abuses of power certainly fall under that category.


Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice has also made the big screen, as well as the news. Whether it’s a public defender that fails to adequately represent their client or a big shot attorney who acts in his own interests instead of the client he is supposed to be helping. Legal malpractice can have big repercussions, and while the last thing a victim may want to do is engage another lawyer, it is necessary in order to receive the compensation due.


A personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you’ve been the victim of professional malpractice and whether you have enough evidence to prove negligence in a court of law. A trustworthy New York personal injury law firm will offer a free consultation to help you learn more about the process and whether you should proceed with your case. Because of the statute of limitations in New York, it is important to see a New York personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.