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Miami Car Accident Attorneys Discuss the Recent Graco Recall

January 29, 2015

Recently, there has been a lot of attention focused on the potential safety hazards of child seats manufactured by Graco Children's Products, Inc. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) now has opened an investigation into whether Graco handled the report of the potential defects in the child seats properly. The problem with the car seats involves the buckles on these car seats, which might get stuck in the latched position. These buckle defects could compromise the safety features of the car seat and place the child's life in danger during an accident because it might not be possible to get the child out of the car seat quickly.

One of the worst things that can happen to a parent is to have a child injured or killed. However, when that injury or fatality could have been prevented, it is crucial to have attorneys who know how to gather the evidence to prove liability. The skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing strong cases that lead to compensation for the wrongs done to our clients.

The management of the investigation into the problems with the Graco car seats and their buckle systems might have been negligent, leading to unnecessary injuries to the children due to the delay. After the NHTSA placed pressure on the company to act in response to the defect, there were more than six million child seats recalled, which is the largest recall of child safety seats in the history of the United States. The current investigation into whether the recall was handled properly was based on potential delays in reporting the issue and taking appropriate action.

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Miami Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

January 21, 2015

In the holiday season, there are many distractions that can pull a driver's attention off the road at a critical moment. Distracted driving leads to hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, as well as thousands of fatalities. While there are many different activities that can distract a driver, there also are steps that a person can take to minimize the distractions. It is important to do everything possible to keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused.

When a person has allowed distractions to lead to a car accident where another individual has been injured, the knowledgeable and compassionate Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to help. With more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of car accident victims, our attorneys understand how to fight for the compensation that our clients' needs.

Before that accident happens, there are some of the steps that a driver can take to limit distracted driving include:

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Florida Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Backover Accidents

January 19, 2015

Backover accidents are a very common type of collision, especially when a person is backing out of a parking space or driveway. During the holiday season, starting with Halloween and extending through the New Year, these types of collisions increase. One of the reasons for this increase is that there are many people in shopping centers, out on sidewalks, and visiting family. This also is a time when drivers may be distracted by the emotional and financial demands of the season, leading to more situations when a person does not pay enough attention and care before traveling backwards. Even low-speed backover accidents can lead to serious harm because victims often get pulled under a vehicle.

A person who is injured in a backover accident or who has had a loved one injured or killed in a backover accident needs experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. The knowledgeable and dedicated Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. collectively have more than 130 years of experience fighting successfully for the rights and interests of our clients. We are ready to get to work for you quickly in order to get you the help that you need.

Even as technology scrambles to create safer backup scenarios, human negligence continues to lead to devastating harm. Many car manufacturers already have installed back-up cameras in their vehicles in order to comply with the mandates that likely are going to impact every manufactured vehicle in the next few years as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). In addition, there are other safety devices that alert the driver to an object in close proximity to the rear of the vehicle. However, even with all of these safety features, there still are many accidents that happen simply because the driver did not check the rear and side-view mirrors before moving in reverse.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Roundabouts

January 14, 2015

For many years, the only time that American drivers saw roundabouts was when they traveled to another country; however, this is changing quickly. Roundabouts or traffic circles are supposed to increase the safety of drivers by slowing down vehicles in intersections and road exchanges. Although there are advantages to traffic circles under many circumstances, they also can be the scene of serious accidents.

When there are traffic accidents, the resulting harm may lead to extensive medical treatment, lost work, and an inability to meet financial obligations. The compassionate and skilled Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting our clients the compensation that they need to recover and pay their bills.

There are many reasons why municipalities are installing roundabouts rather than traffic lights. These include:

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

January 7, 2015

In the holiday season, there are many distractions that can pull a driver's attention off the road at a critical moment. Distracted driving leads to hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, as well as thousands of fatalities. While there are many different activities that can distract a driver, there also are steps that a person can take to minimize the distractions. It is important to do everything possible to keep your eyes on the road and your attention focused.

When a person has allowed distractions to lead to a car accident where another individual has been injured, the knowledgeable and compassionate Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to help. With more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of car accident victims, our attorneys understand how to fight for the compensation that our clients' needs.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Surveillance Footage

December 26, 2014

There are many different things that should happen following a car accident, including getting necessary medical treatment. However, one of the most important things that must be done is to gather the evidence that demonstrates the liability of the other driver. This can be done in many ways, but one of the most compelling pieces of evidence may be surveillance video or photographs that are taken at the scene of an accident. In today's technology age, it is common for there to be multiple cameras focused on an intersection or other section of road.

It is crucial to have an attorney who knows how to prove that the other person was responsible for the harm caused during the accident. The dedicated Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in uncovering the evidence that is crucial to the success of a personal injury case. We know how to demonstrate liability in order to recover compensation for our clients.

At the heart of a car accident case is the determination of which driver took what actions that caused or contributed to the car crash. In some car crash cases, it may be necessary to demonstrate how third-party liability contributed to the collision. The demonstration of causation and liability may be done through accident reconstruction, witness testimony, police reports, and evidence at the scene of the accident. However, there are times when the evidence in inconclusive or unreliable and the drivers or other parties involved in the crash have different versions of events. This is where images that capture the events of the crash can play a pivotal role.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Red Light Accidents

December 22, 2014

There are many different causes of serious accidents, but one of the most common is when a driver runs a red light and impacts another driver who was proceeding through the intersection legally. In fact, there was a recent accident in Northwest Miami-Dade that led to the death of two drivers after one of the drivers ran a red light, according to a recent news article.

Car accidents that occur in intersections often lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in this type of collision, or any other, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are ready to fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Our law firm has spent more than 30 years getting justice for our clients.

Across the United States, there are approximately 700 fatalities each year as a direct result of a driver running a red light, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Around 100,000 people are seriously injured because of these accidents. One of the reasons that crashes involving vehicles that ran red lights are so serious is because of the high rates of speed that are involved in these collisions. The vehicle that runs the red light often is traveling in excess of the speed limit, especially if they were attempting to beat the light. The other vehicle involved in the accident also tends to be moving through the intersection at normal road speeds because the light was in their favor. The impact forces of the collision lead to serious injuries and, frequently, fatalities. These accidents are very common in urban areas due to the high ratio of intersections with traffic lights.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Airbag Injuries

October 20, 2014

The failure, or potential failure, of airbags has been featured prominently in the news over the past several months. The expansion of the most recent recall of vehicles with Takata Corporation-manufactured airbags makes the severity of the risk of harm even more clear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded the current recall to 7.8 million vehicles. These vehicles have the potential for failure of airbag deployment during accidents. There even is the potential for an explosion of airbags following an accident. Our Miami personal injury lawyers know that both airbag deployment failures and explosions have the potential to cause serious, if not deadly, harm to the occupants of the vehicles.

When there is a failure of the airbags to deploy or there is some sort of catastrophic event involving the airbags, the resulting harm can alter the life of the victim and/or his family. The experienced and compassionate South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. know the devastation that a car crash can cause for a victim and will work hard to ensure that there is justice for those harmed as a result of the negligence of a person or company. Accordingly, the personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 120 years of collective experience successfully fighting for the rights of their clients.

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Florida Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Permanent Injuries

October 12, 2014

When people have been injured in a car accident, they may believe that the biggest hurdle is going to be getting the insurance company to acknowledge that the other driver was at fault, or that they were injured as a result of the accident. However, many times, it is the nature of the injury that is the most fiercely contested issue. Attorneys for the insurance company will argue that the injuries are only temporary, thereby limiting the amount of damages that will be awarded. In Florida, damages for pain, suffering, disfigurement and for the loss of the enjoyment of life are only permissible when someone has a injury that according to the doctors is "permanent within a reasonable degree of medical probability." Skilled and dedicated Miami car crash attorneys understand the importance of proving that the victims of car accident will suffer for a lifetime as the result of the negligent actions of the other driver.

Even low-impact car crashes can lead to permanent injuries that negatively can alter the life of the victim. The skilled and knowledgeable South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how to build a successful case, demonstrating how the victim has suffered from an injury that will hinder his quality of life permanently. Our attorneys have more than 120 years of collective experience obtaining justice for our clients.

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Heavy Summer Rains Cause Accidents in South Florida

September 10, 2014

South Florida summers are well known for their deluge of heavy rains. In Florida, heavy rain can strike unexpectedly and often leads to car accidents. Our recent wet weather has caused several accidents throughout the Miami-Dade area, and many more throughout the state. Rain causes thousands of car accidents nationally each year as rain diminishes visibility and creates slick conditions.

One of the main problems with heavy rain is that many drivers simply do not understand how to drive safely in it. Rain tends to lead to two types of drivers: the reckless drivers and the excessively timid. Both types of drivers can cause accidents during slick conditions. Overly timid drivers tend to exaggerate the dangers of rain and drive at unreasonably low speeds. It irks me when drivers who are moving put their 4-way emergency flashers on. It is against the law to put on a vehicle's emergency flashers due to rain. It makes sense if you think about it. When you see a car or truck with it's flashers on you naturally assume it's broken down and stopped. This ca and has caused many serious injuries. In heavy rain you should pull safely off the road if you are not confident or slow for the conditions. When the weather limits the number of available lanes, as heavy rain can do, this type of driver can cause traffic to back up and increase the risk of rear end accidents. Reckless drivers, on the other hand, ignore the dangers of wet weather and drive at full speed or even greater, even when conditions are slick and visibility low. These drivers pose a major hazard to all road users.

Our Miami car accident lawyers have prepared the following list of tips designed to help you stay safe during this summer rainy weather:

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Examining Fatal Car Accidents in Florida

April 21, 2014

On January 20, 2014, a violent crash in southwest Miami-Dade killed three people and sent three others to the hospital. The wreck occurred at about 1:45 a.m. in the area of Southwest 144th Street and Krome Avenue. Erik Betancourt, a 19 year old, was driving southbound on Krome Avenue when he collided head on with another vehicle.

Betancourt had three passengers in the car, and the other vehicle had one passenger. Gisele Betancourt, just 15, and the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were killed in the accident. Erik Betancourt and his two other passengers, Julissa Ochoa and Samuel Domifilo, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

One month later, Daniela Perez, 14, was killed when Arnaldo Campo Romaguera, 43, lost control of his Chevy Trailblazer. Romaguera was heading west on Julia Tuttle Causeway when he lost control of the SUV carrying seven people. The SUV struck a guardrail, overturned, and landed on its roof in a grassy embankment. Perez was ejected from the vehicle, killing her instantly. She was the only fatality, though the driver and all passengers sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, in close by Tampa, a fiery head on collision left five people dead. In this crash, an SUV was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 275 when it hit a Hyundai Sonata, carrying four fraternity members from the University of South Florida in Tampa. All four Sigma Beta Rho passengers were killed, as was the driver of the SUV.

Approximately 3,000 individuals are killed on Florida roadways each year, and 30,000 perish nationally. In fact, someone is killed every 13 seconds in the U.S. With this in mind, our Miami car accident lawyers have prepared the following list of the top causes of fatal car accidents in Florida. This list is intended to help you understand the potential hazards on the roadways so that you can stay safe while driving.

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Rollover Accidents Still Lead to Fatalities throughout Florida

March 30, 2014

Late on Halloween night, four teenagers were returning home from a "haunted walk" in Collier County, Florida when the Mustang in which they were riding veered off the road, impacted a concrete culvert, and rolled over. Three of the teenagers were killed and a fourth was able to crawl from the car with serious injuries, according to an NBC news story. Rollover accidents continue to be among the most deadly of all auto accidents.

When a person has been injured in a severe crash, there are many struggles that he may endure, but he does not have to do this alone. The skilled Miami auto accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 100 years of combined experience in getting the damages awards that our clients need to pay for medical treatment, cover accident-related expenses, and compensate them for pain and suffering.

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Hit and Run Driver Involved in Fatal Pick-up Crash

March 24, 2014

Early on the morning of February 16, 2014, a pick-up truck collided with another pick-up and the driver of one of the vehicles fled the scene. When the driver of the second pick-up exited the vehicle to look at the damage to the truck, a third vehicle struck and killed him. He had his wife and 18-year-old son in the pick-up when he was killed. The accident occurred in Tamarac, Florida, at the Commercial Boulevard entrance onto the Florida Turnpike, according to an article in the Sun Sentinel.

Victims of hit and run accidents often believe that there is nothing that can be done to identify the responsible party and hold him accountable, but this is not true. The experienced Miami auto accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have the skills and network of professional investigators to help those injured in many types of hit and run accidents.

In the case of the Tamarac accident, deputies are examining video surveillance to identify the individual involved in the original collision. Fleeing the scene of an accident is illegal under Florida law. The reason many people flee is because getting convicted of a DUI carries more serious penalties, including longer prison times and higher fines than a collision.. Therefore, someone who has been drinking may want to leave the scene even if he/she intends to turn themselves in to the police for the accident at some point. By then, it is almost impossible to prove that they were under the influence at the time of the crash.

In Florida it is a crime ,to leave the scene of an accident and is compounded when one leaves the scene of a crash with injuries to another. When a person is involved in a crash with another vehicle, building, or structure and leaves the scene without notifying anybody about the driver's contact information, including name and address, vehicle registration, and driver's license details, pursuant to Florida Statute 316.061. a criminal charge may result.

If the accident involved injury or a fatality, Florida Statute 316.027 requires additional obligations including mandating that the driver:

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Distracted Driving Kills Nearly Ten People Every Day

March 14, 2014

People hear about distracted driving accidents every day, but what many do not realize is that this truly has become an epidemic among drivers of all ages. However, teenagers have a much higher likelihood of driving while distracted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to study this deadly phenomenon as part of its Motor Vehicle Safety efforts.

When a person is injured in an auto accident, whether caused by a distracted driver or other negligent actions, the compassionate and experienced Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients who have been severely injured in car accidents and we will use those skills in pursuing distracted driving cases.

The CDC lists three types of distracted driving:
• Visual - where the driver takes his eyes off of the road;
• Manual - the driver removes his hands from the wheel; and
• Cognitive - the driver focuses his thoughts and attention on something other than driving.

The most common example of distracted driving is texting while driving, which combines all three types of distraction.

In 2011, an estimated 3,331 people died in motor vehicle accidents where there was a distracted driver. The number of people injured did decrease slightly from 2010, down to 387,000 from 416,000. Between the years of 2009 and 2011, there was almost a 50% increase in the number of text messages sent in the United States, which does not bode well with future incidents of distracted driving.

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Florida Highway Patrol Officer Avoids Roadside Accident at Last Minute

February 18, 2014

In May of 2013, a Florida Highway Patrol Officer learned just how dangerous the shoulder of a highway can be, especially when you don't have the protection of a car. Trooper Craig Coleman was sitting on his motorcycle on the shoulder of State Road 408 in Orlando using his radar to track speeding drivers. Suddenly, he noticed a car driving in the same emergency lane Trooper Coleman was parked in, barreling down straight towards the motorcycle. The trooper's instincts at the last second saved his life. He jumped from his motorcycle just before the oncoming car slammed into him. The man driving the BMW who hit the trooper was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash, driving with a suspended license, and careless driving.

Trooper Coleman's story is just one of thousands each year that happen across the United States. Our Miami Roadside Accident lawyers know that Florida is especially prone to roadside accidents, given the large population and tourist attractions. With accidents that occur when one or more vehicles is parked on the side or shoulder of the road, there is really little anyone can do to stop it. In Trooper Coleman's case, an aggressive driver who was not paying attention willfully plowed into the trooper's motorcycle. Had the trooper been anyone else, he may not have had the quick instincts to avoid being hit, and subsequently killed.

When roadside accidents occur, it is likely that at least one party is at fault. This simply means that the party at fault breached a duty that he or she owed to the driver or pedestrian that was hit and injured, especially in situations where the injured party cannot do anything to avoid the accident. If you are involved in a roadside accident, whether you are driving a car, truck, or motorcycle and hit someone who is parked on the side of the road, or if you are the person who was hit, you may have a personal injury action, depending on the specific facts of your case.

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