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Our car accident attorneys report on a recent news story where a California police officer had quite a surprise when he pulled over a car, only to find no driver inside.  The Mountain View, California police officer stopped one of Google’s self-driving cars for traveling too slowly.  The car was apparently traveling at 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.  Traffic had backed up behind the slow moving vehicle.  As the officer approached the car, he realized it was one of Google’s self-driving vehicles.  Although the car had no driver, it did have a passenger.  The officer asked the passenger how the car selected its speed and informed the passenger as to a section of the legal code that relates to impeding traffic.

The Google Self-Driving Car Project admitted that the car was driving slow, noting that none of the vehicles have ever been ticketed.  Company spokespersons explained that the smart cars have been capped at speeds of 25 miles per hour for safety reasons and so that the public views the vehicles as friendly, not zooming, potentially frightening vehicles.  Ultimately, the officer found the car had not broken the law and no ticket was issued.  Continue reading →

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Statistics show that “selfie-related” accidents have killed twice as many people around the world as unprovoked shark attacks.  The Conde Nast Traveler reported in September that at least 11 people have died in selfie-related accidents, while only eight died in shark attacks.  This tally has recently increased after a tourist died trying to snap a selfie at the Taj Mahal, falling fatally down a long flight of stairs.

A selfie is a self-photograph, generally taken with a cell phone camera by either holding it by hand or using a selfie stick.  The selfie phenomenon has taken off in recent years and while it is generally harmless, it can be dangerous when individuals attempt to take selfies in unsafe places or while driving.  The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are saddened to hear of these preventable deaths and hope that with increased education as to the potential dangers of taking photographs in certain situations, these accidents will decrease. Continue reading →

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Daylight savings time recently ended and most of the United States “fell back” one hour.  Unfortunately, the time change brings about an increased risk for automobile and pedestrian accidents according to statistics found by our Miami personal injury attorneys.  Many drivers have a hard time adjusting to this annual time change, which brings new low light and dark conditions in the evening hours.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions drivers to be more alert and use extra caution as the sun sets earlier during evening commutes.  The hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. are extremely dangerous once daylight savings time ends because drivers are faced with at times heavy traffic, along with decreased visibility and reduced reaction time and awareness.  As dusk now falls during the busiest commute hours, drivers are more likely to become careless or drowsy.  Darkness is one of the leading causes of pedestrian and automobile accidents, making it no surprise that the time change can bring about more accidents. Continue reading →

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On any given day, you and your family will likely walk through a parking lot.  Parking lots are everywhere and provide essential parking close to your favorite stores, attractions, and more.  While generally no harm will befall you when walking or driving in a parking lot, on occasion, parking lot accidents can occur.  Last year, a parking lot accident turned fatal when an older woman trying to back out of a space hit a group of people, killing three of them.  Our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys have found a report, released by the Florida Highway Patrol, that states the 79 year old driver was backing out of a parking spot in a Chevrolet Tahoe when she kept going and rammed the group of pedestrians.  Three died as a result of their extensive injuries.

A Fort Lauderdale accident the year prior killed two men.  A young woman who was intoxicated at the time of the crash killed two homeless men.  She failed to negotiate a turn and drove into a parking lot, striking the men that had been sitting there.

The Miami pedestrian accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted in a number of parking lot accidents, some involving pedestrian accidents and others involving multiple vehicles.  Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious of parking lot accidents.  The following is a look at some parking lot safety tips designed to keep you and your family safe while parking or walking in a parking lot. Continue reading →

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Our Miami personal injury attorneys report that State Representative Greg Steube, a Republican from Sarasota, has filed legislation that could change Florida’s laws concerning serious dog bites.  The bill comes in response to a case arising out of Bradenton involving a dog named Padi.  Padi, a Labrador mix, bit off part of a child’s ear over the summer.  He was condemned to euthanasia under Florida’s current law that requires all dogs that inflict serious injury to another person be put to sleep.  No exceptions exist under the law.  Many were outraged by the law’s implications for Padi due to the circumstances of the attack.  Apparently, Padi was in his owner’s office when a child, under the care of a babysitter, entered and began throwing toys at the dog.  Accounts differ from here, with some believing the child lunged at Padi and others saying he went to grab a toy near the dog.  In either case, the incident raised further awareness as to the plight of dogs that bite.

Steube’s bill would offer exceptions in the event the person injured was unlawfully on the property or was abusing the dog.  The bill would not actually help Padi, whose case is currently before a local court and could move to the court of appeal.

Dog Bites and Strict Liability in Florida

Florida law holds that the owner of any dog who bites someone in a public place or a private place where they are lawfully present will be liable for the injuries inflicted, regardless of whether the owner knew of the dog’s propensities to viciousness. This is known as strict liability.  Strict liability does have a few limitations.  If the owner of the dog had a “bad dog” sign displayed prominently on the property, the owner may not be liable for injuries inflicted by the dog.  A personal injury attorney can advise you further as to this exception.  The exception will generally not come into play if the victim is under the age of six.

Further, Florida is a comparative negligence state, meaning that any negligence on the part of the dog bite victim can reduce the owner’s liability.  For instance, if the victim negligently tossed an object near the angry dog, provoking the attack, the victim’s recovery would likely be reduced accordingly.

Injured dog bite victims may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the attack.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano:  Exceptional Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack or another incident involving negligence, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are here to help.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing personal injury accident victims across the state.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.  We received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald ranked us as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our exceptional personal injury attorneys to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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Chain reaction crashes” are an unfortunate common event on many Florida roadways.  Over the summer, a chain reaction accident on I-75 in Pembroke Pines claimed the lives of two people, including a high school graduate.  Investigators report that a tractor trailer loaded with concrete was pulling out onto the highway when a vehicle collided with it and traveled underneath.  The car was torn apart as it continued under the truck until it finally ran off the road.  A second car then collided with the truck, causing concrete to fall out of its back.

The Dangers of Chain Reaction Accidents

While any car accident can be serious, multiple vehicle accidents hold the potential for fatal or severe injuries.  Thousands of people are killed annually in chain reaction crashes across the country.  It is believed that nearly half of all traffic fatalities are the result of multiple vehicle accidents.  Continue reading →

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A road ranger was killed while attempting to move a stalled vehicle in Miami.  Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade County.  Specifically, the 47 year old road ranger was slowing down traffic so that he could bring the stalled vehicle across the road and off to the shoulder.  A dump truck was unable to slow down in time and struck the ranger, who attempted to move out of the way, but was unable.

Road rangers provide free highway assistance to those experiencing issues on the highway.  They help to improve safety and reduce delays.  The loss of a long term road ranger in an accident such as this is tragic.  The Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano offer the following look at Move Over laws and what you should do in the event you see a road ranger attempting to assist someone.  It is our hope that if more people understand the Move Over laws, emergency personnel will stay safe while offering aid.  Continue reading →

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In September, a wrong way crash on Interstate 95 killed two sisters from Broward County.  Now, the driver is being charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a license causing death.  The accident killed 23 and 24 year old sisters from Pompano Beach who were driving home from Walt Disney World.  Authorities report that the driver headed north on southbound I-95, colliding with the sisters’ car.  Records show the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are aware of several major wrong way accidents that have occurred in the South Florida area in recent months.  We hope that this alarming trend does not continue and support the use of innovative measures to prevent wrong way accidents, such as wrong way signs triggered by wrong way vehicles and poles to block wrong way cars. Continue reading →

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A fatal car accident has devastated one Southwest Florida community and left two families reeling.  Florida Highway Patrol officials report that a 17 year old and a 15 year old friend were riding in a Mercedes when the teen driver failed to negotiate a curve.  The car struck a median and the sheer impact of the crash caused the rear of the vehicle to actually separate from the front.  Half of the car traveled into the northbound lanes while the separated half moved into the southbound lanes.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted numerous families who lost teens and children in preventable accidents. We have witnessed the devastation experienced by these grieving parents and family members.  To help prevent accidents such as this one and so many others like it, we offer some tips for teaching your teen how to drive and methods for ensuring they become a safe driver. Continue reading →

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Our Miami aircraft disaster lawyers discuss a plane accident that occurred in Ohio recently and claimed the lives of nine individuals from the South Florida area.  The chartered plane departed from Fort Lauderdale, and stopped in St. Paul, Minnesota and Moline, Illinois before landing in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The plane then departed from Cincinnati and stopped in Dayton.  As it approached the Akron Fulton International airport, it suddenly crashed.  The 10 seat plane hit utility wires and the left wing hit the ground before crashing into a four unit apartment building, sparking a fire that burned down the building.  Fortunately, no one was home in any of the buildings.  Sadly, everyone aboard the plane perished in the crash.  Plane crash victims include two executives and five employees from Pebb Enterprises, a real estate development company based out of Boca Raton.

Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the fatal crash that has left the local community reeling.  The National Transportation Safety Board recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the crash which revealed that the pilots did not radio for help prior to crashing.  Continue reading →

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