When a Fun Day at the Water Park Results in a Tragedy

October 16, 2013

On August 2, 2013, a three-year old boy drowned in an outdoor kids' pool at the Kalahari water park in Sandusky, Ohio. The family has since filed a wrongful death suit against the water park, alleging the toddler was not wearing a life vest as required by the park and there were insufficient lifeguards at the park to monitor the number of guests. Over a million guests visit this particular water park each year, and while park officials maintain they acted appropriately, the state of Ohio has fined Kalahari five times since 2005 for lifeguard shortages and other issues. Two lifeguards were on duty at the time of the drowning, however state regulations require a third lifeguard when more than fifty people are in the water.

Drowning Fatalities Not All That Uncommon in Miami

Unfortunately, this tragic drowning is hardly an isolated incident. With over fifteen major water parks in Florida--and many smaller one--the risks of a serious accident or fatality increase exponentially. In fact, Florida has a history of ranking the highest for unintentional drowning among children aged 1-4 and, during certain years, Florida's drowning rate has been as much as three times the national average. Of course, our Miami personal injury lawyers know that these numbers include drowning in bathtubs, home pools, public pools, in natural water sources as well as in public water parks. Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1-14.

Miami Water Park Drowning

A visit to a water park in the Miami area should be a fun activity for all involved, however when negligence on the part of the park or its employees results in a serious injury or loss of a loved one, it could be necessary to file a civil lawsuit against the park. The water parks in Florida draw thousands of visitors each and every day, particularly during the hottest summer months. While there is a certain inherent risk associated with water rides, tide pools and other water attractions in a water park, in some cases injuries could have been avoided if the attractions had been properly built, maintained and inspected. In other cases, negligent park supervision may be to blame for drowning or near-drowning accidents. Tightened economies can result in water parks that fail to maintain equipment in a safe operating condition or who skimp on supervision staff in order to save money. In order to avoid a water park drowning in Miami, water park operators have a legal obligation to ensure the grounds are safe for all visitors.

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When Following Too Closely Puts Motorcyclists in Jeopardy

October 14, 2013

Just this August, a Florida motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital, in critical condition after being hit from behind by an automobile. The 39-year old motorcyclist was stopped at a red light when he was rear ended by an auto driver who was driving at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist was dragged by the car for over twenty feet, and while the driver of the automobile was also taken to the hospital, his injuries were considered much less serious than those of the motorcyclist. While only 6% of Florida's motorists are motorcyclists, our motorcycle accident lawyers in Miami understand that over 18% of all Florida traffic-related deaths involve a motorcycle rider.

Who Is Most Often at Fault in Miami Motorcycle Accidents?

In nearly three-quarters of Miami motorcycle accidents in which a motorcycle and an automobile collide, the motorcyclist was not at fault. This is contrary to the commonly-held perceptions that motorcyclists are risk-takers and fail to drive safely. The primary cause of automobiles rear-ending motorcyclists lies in the fact that drivers tend to follow the motorcycles much too closely. An impatient, aggressive, reckless or distracted auto driver may simply fail to notice the much less visible motorcyclist. Driver distraction is also a major issue when automobiles rear-end a motorcyclist.

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Parking Lot Accidents in Florida: What Drivers & Pedestrians Should Know

October 9, 2013

Surprisingly, parking lot-related accidents occur almost on a daily basis throughout the State of Florida. Though people tend to drive slowly while in a parking lot, many car accidents nonetheless occur due to numerous cars traveling in multiple directions, often within a limited amount of space. While many of these accidents do not result in serious injuries or death, others end up causing serious injuries and sometimes, claim innocent lives. The good news is that through following a few simple steps, parking lot accidents can be prevented.

In light of the above, our Miami personal injury lawyers have provided you with some crucial ways you can avoid being involved in a parking lot accident:

For pedestrians:

• Always watch where you are going when walking in a parking lot. No matter what, drivers of cars and other types of vehicles may have a hard time seeing you, whether through inattention or due to limited visibility.

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Parasailing can be a Dangerous Beach Activity

October 8, 2013

People from all over the state and the country migrate to Florida beaches for recreation and pleasure. There, they sunbath on the land, engage in activities on the water, and take to the air. One of the more daring activities for beach-goers is parasailing. Parasailing is a popular activity to see the beautiful views along the South Florida coast. However, this activity has led to many serious injuries and fatalities on Florida beaches. Another, relatively new activity, is strapping a jet-pack on your back and flying over the water ala James Bond. This activity, although fun, can be dangerous if proper instruction is not provides or faulty equipment is used.

The warm weather and beautiful shoreline attract adventuresome personalities who want to try the various activities offered along the coast, as well as those who would rather indulge in rest and relaxation. Despite the idyllic location, beach accidents do occur and take many forms, including parasailing accidents. If you have been injured in a beach or at sea accident, the experienced Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. are committed to learning the facts of your case and developing a strategy to get the award that you need for medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Over the past decade or so, there have been more than twenty serious parasailing accidents, leading to half a dozen deaths and twenty injuries. What makes these numbers a little more disconcerting is the fact that this industry is largely unregulated. There are some federal regulations in place, but these are not comprehensive laws and instead impact specific components of the industry. The people who operate these parasailing operations may choose to cooperate with voluntary standards of care, but they are not obligated to do so and many who run the parasailing companies on the beach choose not to comply.

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A Child can Drown in a Pool Surrounded by Adults

October 6, 2013

The end of August in South Miami-Dade is a time when the heat of the summer draws people into the water, whether that is the ocean, rivers, canals, lakes, water parks, or backyard pools. Many times, family and friends will use this time as a reason to get together and enjoy water activities, games, food, and conversation before school resumes.. It would seem like it is impossible for a child to drown while surrounded by so many people. Tragically, this is what happened to a two-year old toddler several weeks ago.

If you have been injured in a near-drowning accident or a loved one has been killed, it is important to contact the skilled Miami drowning accident attorneys of Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A. as soon as possible. The investigation into a drowning accident should happen as close to the time of the tragedy as possible because the location and surrounding environment may be altered. Our attorneys are here to get you the compensation and justice that you deserve.

According to 7 News, the death of a little girl occurred with people surrounding her. There were some on the pool and others playing volleyball. This is a terrible reminder of how quickly a child can drown. Situations like this also are why Florida is ranked number one out of the fifty states in child drownings for children ages one to four years of age.

A drowning victim may lose consciousness in under a minute. Irreparable brain damage can occur shortly thereafter, even if the victim is pulled from the water and resuscitated. These victims likely will spend the remainder of their lives requiring medical treatment, special accommodations, and adaptive technologies.

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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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