Family Boat Trip Costs Man his Life

October 3, 2013

In August, a man took his friend, his daughter, and several other boys on a boating trip in the Florida Keys. When one of the young boys started to struggle while swimming off of the boat, Brian Kowalski did not hesitate to jump into the water to save the child from the rip currents that were pulling him away from the boat. He was able to save the child but lost his life in the effort.

Drowning deaths can happen in a variety of circumstances, but they are nearly always preventable. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a drowning accident, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers and Wrongful Death Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable for the harm that they caused.

A day spent swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the weather in the Florida Keys ended in tragedy when a little boy lost his grip on a trailing rope and a man lost his life saving him. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Mr. Kowalski was able to swim with the child back to the boat, but was not able to get himself back on board. Tragic accidents like these can be prevented if basic precautions are taken.

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Hit-and-Run Accidents are on the Rise in Florida

August 31, 2013

Florida is experiencing a dangerous trend, with 67,968 hit-and-run accidents in 2012. Out of this staggering number of crashes, 166 fatalities and approximately 17,000 injuries resulted from the collisions. There are many reasons why a driver will flee the scene of an accident, whether it is fear of getting into trouble, not wanting it discovered that he was impaired at the time of the crash, being in the country illegally, or having outstanding arrest warrants. Regardless of the reason, if a person leaves the scene of an accident, he or she will face serious consequences when caught.

If you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident, the experienced Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. can help you understand your legal options and pursue the compensation that you deserve.

Under Florida law, if a driver is involved in an accident, he has an obligation to stop right away, remain at the scene, exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident, and provide assistance to anyone who was injured in the accident, to the extent that it is reasonable to do so. When the accident has led to someone being hurt, panic may cause the driver to want to flee, but that will make the situation much worse.
The majority of fatalities in hit and run accidents are pedestrians, with three out of every five deaths being someone outside of a vehicle. Due to the increase in this type of accident, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has launched an awareness campaign in order to educate everyone who may be involved in accident about the proper reaction to an accident, including:

• Get all vehicles out of the roadway, ideally to the side of the road;

• Do not panic, remaining calm will help everybody at the scene of the accident get through the chaos;

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Wrong-Way Crashes a Real Problem in South Florida

August 31, 2013

Over the past few years, there have been hundreds of car crashes caused by drivers driving on the wrong side of the road or going the wrong way in the interstate. The horrific crash several months ago when police chased a car the wrong way on Interstate 95 and four people died was a terrible reminder of the danger these accidents pose. Another high-profile wrong-way accident took place on the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York last month, killing one and making national news. The driver in that accident apparently was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A wrong-way accident leads to serious injury and fatalities because of the high rate of speed and frontal impact. If you have been involved in a wrong-way collision, or any other vehicle accident, the experiences Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. can help you get compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

A wrong-way accident happens when a driver travels in the on-coming traffic lane. These accidents usually involve head-on collisions or offset-frontal impacts when drivers swerve to avoid the wrong-way driver. However, since the drivers are traveling at each other at an extremely high rate of speed, avoiding the other vehicle is very difficult. These accidents lead to very serious injuries and fatalities are far too common.

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Red Light Cameras Increase Rear-end Collisions in Florida

August 31, 2013

Many drivers have had that moment, where you are traveling through an area with traffic lights and doing the speed limit. Suddenly, the light changes to yellow and you are right at that distance where you have the debate to stop or drive through the intersection. Making the decision to drive on through and risk the light turning red, you accelerate slightly and that is when you see it - the sign proclaiming that the intersection is covered by a traffic light camera. You slam on your brakes and get rear-ended by the driver behind you, who also intended to drive through the intersection. This exact situation is happening in intersections all over South Florida.

If you have been injured in a rear-end collision, the skilled Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. can help you get the money that you need for medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Rear-end collisions often result in back, neck, and head injuries that lead to years of debilitating pain, so it is important to enforce your legal rights.

Municipalities justify the installation of traffic cameras as being a safety feature and not as a revenue generating measure. However, they do not seem to have that effect. In fact, a comprehensive summary of traffic accidents and red light safety evaluation by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) in 2005 found that the installation of red light cameras did increase the number of rear-end collisions by a significant amount, but the summary also indicated that red light cameras reduced right-angle accidents.

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Distracted Walking Puts Pedestrians in Jeopardy

August 21, 2013

The dangers of driving while talking on the phone, texting, or even eating are well known, but what happens when the distracted person is the pedestrian. There has been an increase in pedestrian accidents on streets, in parking lots, at train stations, and even in shopping malls, leading to serious injuries and even death. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the experienced Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. can help you get money for your injuries and the economic hardship that they caused.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), although traffic accidents decreased in 2010 from 2009, pedestrian accidents in that same time period increased by 4.2%. Pedestrian injuries increased by 19% year over year. This is at the same time as traffic accidents have decreased.

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Drunk Drivers Still a Threat to Drivers in Florida

August 14, 2013

There is no doubt that drinking and driving do not mix. Public service messages, awareness campaigns, and well-publicized accidents make certain that the this fact is known by all. So how is it that the recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) still have nearly nine hundred people dying in Florida each year as a result of drunk driving accidents?

If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident or have lost a loved one because of an impaired driver, it is important to contact the Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A., who will zealously advocate on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve.

NHTSA tracks vehicle collisions across the country, making use of a comprehensive Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to record traffic-related deaths. Improving car safety features and drunk driving awareness campaigns have led to a decrease in drunk driving fatalities, but there are still too many people who disregard the warnings and cost innocent victims their lives. The most recent report shows that many of those victims are in Florida.

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Your Guide to Parking Lot Safety in Miami

August 13, 2013

Accidents in Miami area parking lots are a serious problem. Parking lot accidents can leave pedestrians, many of them who are children or the elderly, severely and sometimes fatally injured. As such, our Miami car accident attorneys following offer some tips for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe in parking lots and also, steps to take if you are involved in such an accident:

• Drivers in parking lots are often preoccupied with getting into and out of parking spots. Their attention may be so focused on maneuvering that they may not see you or others who are walking with you in the parking lot. Many people immediately get on the cell phones once hey get into the car and don't wait to make a call until after they have safely gotten out of te parking area. You can protect yourself from parking lot accidents by paying close attention to cars that are entering and leaving parking spaces so that you can see moving vehicles, even if the drivers may not see you.

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How Much Do You Know about Taxicab Safety in Miami?

August 13, 2013

When you drive in the Miami area, you share the road with approximately 4,500 taxicabs. Accidents with taxicabs can be caused by many things, including driver fatigue, recklessness, failure to properly maintain a vehicle, and speeding among others.. If you depend on taxicabs for transportation in and around Miami, you can increase your chances of getting a safe ride by learning more about the taxicab business in Miami. Our Miami personal injury lawyers offer some important things to consider in this regard:

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Car Accidents in Florida Involving Animals Can Be Deadly

August 9, 2013

While you may not think that there are many wild animals in the Miami area, there are actually quite a few. Deer, bear, alligators, Florida panthers, and other creatures are an interesting sight to see - unless they are present in the road while you are driving. When animals wander into the road, they can cause serious, and sometimes deadly, car accidents. If someone you love has been killed or injured in a car accident involving an animal, you may not know what to do because an accident involving an animal is different than an accident involving another driver. There are things that you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from injury and financial damages, both before and after encountering wildlife on the roads in the Miami area. Our Miami car accident lawyers urge you to consider the following:

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Why You Need a Miami Motorcycle Accident Attorney

August 5, 2013

Fatal motorcycle accidents cause more than just death; they also result in a significant amount of emotional devastation for the families and friends of its victims. If someone you love has been killed in a Miami motorcycle accident, it is likely that you have a lot of questions and also, may feel confused as to where to turn next. However, there are steps you can take to ensure that you and your love one's rights are protected. One of the most important things you can do is to contact a qualified Miami motorcycle accident attorney to advise you as to all of your legal options and, to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. With this in mind, the following are some ways that a Miami Motorcycle Accident Lawyer can protect your rights and the rights of your family during this painful time:

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Rear End Collisions Still a Cause of Serious Injuries

August 5, 2013

The car industry is understandably proud of the advances that have been made in the design of vehicles and the increased safety features that protect drivers and passengers from accidents. However, regardless of the improvements, that moment when you are stopped at a stoplight or at a standstill on the Palmetto Expressway and suddenly your entire body feels the impact, with your neck snapping forward and then slamming back into the headrest, you know you are in trouble. If you have suffered serious harm in a rear end collision, the experienced Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. can assist you in getting the damages recovery to help you heal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted a comprehensive study on head restraints and whiplash pathology since 1996, but the occurrence of whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) remain serious consequences of many rear end accidents, with up to forty percent (40%) of whiplash sufferers experiencing long-term pain.

Whiplash can occur as the result of a rear end collision when the impacting vehicle is moving at a very low rate of speed, even if the driver or passenger in the vehicle being impacted did not experience significant forward extension of the neck. However, an accident victim often will experience the violent acceleration of the head and neck towards the windshield with an equally dramatic snap back against the headrest when the seatbelt stops the forward momentum.

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6 Steps You Should Take if You are Involved in a Hit & Run Accident in Florida

July 21, 2013

Causing a hit-and-run accident in Florida may give rise to serious criminal charges if certain statutory criteria are met. In other words, when someone is involved in a car accident in Florida, it is everyone's responsibility to stop at a reasonable distance from the crash site, exchange important contact information, and provide assistance to injured victims, if applicable.

If a driver in Florida fails to follow these crucial steps, they will likely be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, which depending upon the circumstances, can have devastating and potentially life-long legal consequences for the offender. For example, if someone is at fault for a car accident not involving death or injury, then they could risk losing their license for several years and face prison time. However, if death or injury resulted from a hit and run accident, then the wrongdoer could face serious felony charges, such as a long-term imprisonment sentence, a permanent criminal record and harsh monetary fines. If you are the victim of a hit and run accident in Florida, our car accident lawyers in Miami suggest you take the following steps to hold the offender accountable for your accident:

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The 411 on Uninsured Motorist Accidents and How to Protect Yourself in Florida

July 20, 2013

If a person is hurt in a car accident in the United States, chances are about 14% to 15% that the driver responsible for the accident will not be insured. With the costs of living and everything else seemingly on the rise, it isn't a surprise that many are taking huge risks by foregoing state mandated essentials, such as automobile insurance. According to recent statistical data issued from the Insurance Research Council, our Miami personal injury lawyers find the amount of uninsured drivers in the United States is currently around 14%. However, in Florida, the amount of uninsured drivers is shocking, and accounts for nearly 20% of all drivers state-wide. This percentage is much higher in South Florida. In fact, the State of Florida has the highest rate of uninsured drivers in the nation. With this in mind, it is important to consider the ways in which you can protect yourself, such as adding uninsured motorist coverage to your existing auto insurance policy.

Why is uninsured motorist coverage important if I already carry no fault insurance?

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Underinsured Motorist Accidents and Insurance Coverage: What You Should Know

July 19, 2013

Even though nearly every state, including Florida, requires its motorists to have automobile insurance, many purchase policies with the minimum limits allowable by law (in Florida, the statutory minimum amounts of personal injury protection and property damage limits are $10,000 each, there is no requirement to carry liability insurance). For example, if you have been involved in an accident, the responsible party's insurance policy may not have liability coverage or may have limits that do not cover the full extent of your damages, which could include pain and suffering, disability, scarring or disfigurement, lost wages/income, medical expenses and a litany of other types of relevant out-of-pocket expenses. Click here to watch Miami personal injury lawyer, Stewart Greenberg, discuss different types of Florida Insurance Coverage.

Specifically, in many car accident cases in Florida, the victim had the opportunity to purchase something called "underinsured motorist coverage," or UIM coverage, but for whatever reason, failed to obtain this very important form of coverage. This leaves them with the potential problem of having to front the bill for expenses that would have otherwise been covered had they understood the importance of an underinsured motorist policy.

Specifically, UIM coverage is very similar to uninsured motorist coverage, except for the fact that the wrongdoer has insurance that is not sufficient to fully compensate victims for their losses. Therefore, if a person is injured, they can look to this policy to cover the gap between the wrongdoer's insurance amounts and the total costs of their damages (including personal and property). With this in mind, there are several reasons why it is important to consider purchasing UIM coverage, such as:

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Pothole Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries for all Drivers in Florida

July 19, 2013

Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon nowadays to notice potholes on roads located throughout the Miami-Dade area. Potholes refer to holes that form on roadways due in large part to normal wear and tear. Specifically, they occur when the upper most layer of an asphalt road has worn away to the point where the concrete base is exposed. To illustrate, when it rains, water collects within this gap, further increasing the size of the hole to the point where they can become deep and highly dangerous for drivers. During the hot summer months in Florida, it can also cause roads to become extensively damaged, leading to large potholes and other dangerous conditions.

While potholes of all shapes and sizes are hazardous no matter where they located, they often cause the most severe injuries in high density areas frequented by cars, trucks and other vehicles. Quite often, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Miami know how potholes can cause serious and life-threatening injuries, especially for those who drive road bikes and motorcycles, as they are not afforded the same levels of protection as other types of vehicles. For example, if a motorcyclist or road biker strikes a pothole, they can easily be ejected from their vehicle and sustain tragic injuries such as bone fractures, head, back and neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, severe concussions and even death.

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