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If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, visit the websites of the Brain Injury Association of America or the Brain Trauma Foundation for help and support. Victims and families of persons with spinal cord injury, including paraplegia and quadriplegia, can find support and links to the latest research at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, the Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure, and Determined to Heal.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) can help you understand different aspects of vehicle insurance under Florida law, including the Personal Injury Protection (PIP ) law. FLHSMV also contains information on motorcycle safety, aggressive driving and road rage, and other important traffic safety topics.

If you are involved in a crash on a state highway, call the Florida Highway Patrol by dialing *347 on your cell phone, and the FHP will respond to the scene. Visit their website for traffic safety tips as well as live traffic accident reports, which can also be accessed and personalized at my Florida 511.

If your car has been damaged and you want to know an estimate of its pre-accident value, the Kelly Blue Book has been publishing accurate and relevant car prices since 1926. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) also publishes new and used car prices in its NADA Guides.

Vehicle safety and driving safety statistics can be found at the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You can also view and download campaign materials to raise awareness about drunk driving, pedestrian safety, distracted driving and other issues. For an entire website devoted solely to distracted driving topics such as texting while driving, see www.distraction.gov.

In the event of a truck accident, it can be helpful to review the logs and records of the trucker and the trucking company to determine if they were in compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations on matters such as scheduled inspections and maintenance, safety equipment and hours of service for the driver. Other information on the accident history and safety record of the trucking company involved can be found through the FMCSA database called SAFER (Safety and Fitness Electronic Records).

Tips for safe riding can be found at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which develops curriculum and offers courses in safe motorcycle riding. The MSF also trains instructors to deliver its safe riding courses. Learn more about Florida laws for motorcycles at the American Motorcycle Association website.

Accident advice and safety tips for bicyclists and motorcyclists can be found at Yield to Life. Also, the Florida Bicycle Association has links to Florida bicycle laws and safety information for cyclists and motorists.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center provides lots of tips for bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as crash data and planning tools. Click here for a link to Florida laws and resources for bicycle and pedestrian safety.

Boating safety tips can be found at Safe Kids.

This link to Florida’s dog bite law shows how a dog owner is strictly liable when the dog attacks another person in most instances.

Railroad safety inspections and accident investigations are the province of the Federal Railroad Administration. The FRA also establishes and implements safety rules and standards to prevent train accidents and auto-train collisions. You can also find crash statistics and educational materials at Operation Lifesaver®

Helpful resources regarding airplane safety and aviation accidents include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Transportation Safety Administration, and the Department of Transportation Aviation Consumer Protection Division.

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