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A distracted driver hit a cycling group along a South Florida road, killing a 53-year-old woman and injuring six others.

The 33-year-old driver told investigators she was distracted by something in the passenger compartment. She also said the sun was shining directly in her face, contributing to the Sunday morning crash.

Police said there are no signs the woman was impaired or speeding. She was cooperative with investigators, allowing them to download potential crash data from the car as well as contents of her cell phone. She has not been charged, pending the investigation.

Our South Florida Auto Accident Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton cannot say this enough: distracted driving is dangerous. In 2016 alone, the most recent year of statistics available, distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives. In 2015, 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

Distracted driving is classified as any activity that takes attention away from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system, etc. You cannot drive safely when something other than driving has your attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and only increases your risk of crashing, which could harm passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians sharing the road with you.

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Our South Florida Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton urge you to think twice before getting wrapped up in the #InMyFeelings Challenge aka the KeKe Challenge.

The “In My Feelings” challenge started earlier this month when well-known rapper Drake came out with a new song.

A dance was created and turned into a dangerous act where drivers jump out of moving cars to participate.

For one man, the challenge went wrong.

A Boynton Beach man was a struck by a car while filming a video for the so-called “In My Feelings” challenge.

The 22-year-old was supposed to hop on the hood of a friend’s car while recording a web video, but he slipped and was struck by the car.

Fortunately the man only suffered minor scrapes.

Our South Florida Auto Accident Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to warn you against participating in this dangerous and illegal activity. In fact, if you are caught, Florida drivers can accumulate about $1,000 worth of citations for their participation in the KeKe challenge:

  • No seatbelt – $114
  • Careless driving – $164
  • Impede the flow of traffic – $164
  • Reckless – $300-$500
  • Possible criminal charges if resulting in death or serious bodily harm

So if you want to participate, we urge you to keep both feet on the ground and refrain from jumping out of you car.

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A 23-year-old motorcyclist was killed Tuesday following a crash in Port St. Lucie, police said.

The motorcyclist was eastbound on Southwest St. Lucie West Boulevard on a 2011 Kawasaki when he crashed into a 2004 Honda Pilot as it turned onto Southwest California Boulevard.

The man struck the Honda at a high rate of speed, police said.

The man driving the Honda sustained minor injuries and was released from a hospital. The motorcyclist died at the scene.

Port St. Lucie police are still investigating the crash.

When a person is involved in a car accident, they have a seatbelt, air bags, and a sturdy car surrounding them as protection in the event of a crash. Even with all these safety features, catastrophic injury can result. Motorcyclist lack most of the protections a car provides to passengers, so you can imagine what damage a motorcyclist can sustain in an accident. Broken bones, neck injuries, back injuries and severe brain trauma are just a few of the possible injuries that could result. Even when wearing a helmet and protective clothing, there is little that a motorcyclist can do to protect themselves from the sheer impact of a car, truck, or the pavement at high speeds.

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A road rage confrontation with a firefighter resulted in the death of a man in South Florida.

Police in Coral Springs reported that a man was found unconscious on a roadway Thursday.

A firefighter claims that he was driving home from work when the man cut him off.

The firefighter alleges that the man stopped his vehicle on the side of the road. The firefighter says he pulled over to get a closer look at the man.

The man then allegedly dove through the passenger side window of the firefighters’ car and began attacking him.

The firefighter apparently drove off to get away.

Police have not confirmed how the man died, but did say he had head injuries.

The firefighter has not been charged and is cooperating with authorities.

While some accident injuries or deaths result from a mistake or perhaps a temporary distraction, others are the direct result of another driver’s deliberate intentions. Traffic situations and short tempers should never be the reason any drivers life is in danger.

Road rage and aggressive driving are factors in many accidents every year south Florida, some of which have led to severe personal injuries and wrongful death. According to the American Safety Council, road rage plays a role in 66 percent of all traffic fatalities, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.

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