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There are many things that the auto industry can do to make vehicles safer for those who are riding in them and those in other vehicles. In order to facilitate the manufacture of cars that are equipped with the best possible safety features, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a program that recommends specific advancements as part of the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The recent recommendations include two different automatic braking systems. Although these safety features cannot eliminate all crashes, NCAP and other programs have contributed to more than 600,000 lives saved over the past 50 years.

There are many advances that have contributed to the saving of lives and the lessening of injuries after a car crash. Despite these safety features, many people still suffer from debilitating injuries. The knowledgeable Miami car crash lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how devastating these crashes can be. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting our clients the money that they need to move forward with their lives.

There are two different automatic braking systems that are part of this recent announcement. One is a crash imminent braking (CIB) system and the other is a dynamic brake support (DBS) system. The recommendations of NCAP are intended to promote the commercialization of safety features that will lead to the saving of lives on the road. This program also is intended to inform consumers about the safety features that they should want in their vehicles, leading to after-market installations and additional pressure on the automotive manufacturers. The safety devices that are part of these programs are based on data that is collected through the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS). Based on the statistics that are compiled, recommendations are made for systems and devices that likely will lead to more saved lives.

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There are many reasons why car accidents happen on South Florida roads, but one danger that many people may not be aware of is that there is an increased risk of crashes on those days where the home team loses. Although there may be many reasons for this spike in crash events, one of the likely contributing factors is that the emotional impact of the loss may lead to an increase in distracted driving. There also is an increase in crash rates overall on days when there is a game at the stadium, which likely is attributable to the fact that there is increased traffic around the stadium on game day.

Any time a person is involved in a car crash, there may be serious injuries. It is important to have an experienced attorney evaluate the facts of the accident as soon as possible in order to determine if another person’s negligence was a contributing factor in the accident. The knowledgeable Miami car crash lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand how to uncover the evidence necessary to build a strong case against negligent drivers and other individuals. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience representing the interests of car crash victims.

A recent study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has reported that in the zip codes surrounding a stadium where the home team loses a sporting engagement, there are more accidents. There also is an increase in accidents when the home team ties the game, as compared to days where the team triumphs in a win. The HLDI study focused on National Football League (NFL) stadiums, but it is likely that the emotional component that may contribute to the increase in crashes would be present in other sporting venues where fans are passionately invested in the game outcome. According to the HLDI study, the increase in accidents was greatest in the zip code area in which the stadium was located, but also existed in surrounding zip codes. The analysis focused on where the vehicle involved in the crash was from, i.e., where the vehicle was “housed,” rather than where the crash occurred.
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It is well-known that the drivers and passengers in a vehicle should use their seatbelts in order to protect themselves from serious injuries, to the fullest extent possible. However, people throughout the State of Florida and across the country still fail to use their seatbelts every time they get into a vehicle. In addition to increasing the risk of harm to themselves, studies have shown that a passenger who does not use a seatbelt may pose a danger to other people in the vehicle during a violent collision, becoming a projectile impacting other vehicle occupants.

There are many different ways that a person can be injured in a car crash, but failing to wear a seatbelt, or traveling with someone who fails to wear a seatbelt, is one thing that leads to preventable injuries. The skilled Miami car crash attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will evaluate your case after you or a loved one suffers from an injury during a car crash in order to craft an effective case to get compensation for your injuries. Our skilled attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in obtaining the right results for our clients injured during a car crash.

Seatbelt usage remains an important focus for organizations and government agencies working to reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic accidents. Drivers in the United States are less likely to wear seatbelts as compared to drivers in other industrialized nations, with seatbelt use hovering around 85 percent in the United States when it is over 90 percent in other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a recent summary of the importance of seatbelt use and preventing injuries. The findings include:
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Residents of South Florida are used to the busy roadways and impatient drivers. However, these elements lead to a very dangerous situation for many school children throughout the region. There are increasing incidents where drivers who do not want to wait for a school bus to safely unload the children on board will drive around the stopped bus, leading to serious, and often fatal, crashes involving the reckless driver and the kids.

If you have had a child injured in a crash involving a driver who ignored the warnings of a stopped school bus, the skilled Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will fight to get you justice for the harm that was done and compensation to pay for the long recovery process. Our skilled attorneys have accumulated more than 130 years of experience advocating for our clients and we will put that knowledge to work on your behalf.

Although it is illegal for drivers to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing, thousands of motorists do it every year. Pursuant to Florida law, a driver is supposed to come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the lights are turned off and the sign is pulled back to the bus. However, many drivers disregard this rule and pass, often times moving to the right of the bus to get around it, placing the children at serious risk of harm. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 75 percent of the accidents involving a stopped school bus have pedestrians that are hit by passing motorists. These victims often are young children.
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While older drivers have much more experience than other people on the road, they do experience some issues that lead to slower reaction times, as well as other age-related impairments that contribute to more accidents. It is important for drivers to regularly evaluate whether or not it is safe for them to continue to drive. If they fail to act in a reasonable manner and cause a car accident, then it is necessary to hold them accountable for the harm that they caused.

There are many different types of negligence that lead to car accidents. When a person chooses to drive when he no longer is capable of operating the vehicle in a safe manner, then he should be forced to compensate the victim for the harm that he caused. The skilled and tenacious Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in developing and pursuing cases against those whose negligence led to harm.

There are a number of reasons why older drivers have require unique analysis when there is a car accident, including:
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There are many different types of accidents that happen in Florida, including failure to yield collisions, which are the second-leading cause of all fatal crashes. These crashes are caused by a driver who travels into the path of another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist, which had the right to be moving in that manner. Examples of this type of accident include a car turning left in front of a driver that had the right to travel straight or a vehicle hitting a person in a crosswalk. It is important for drivers to have a clear understanding about which vehicle has to yield the right-of-way in different scenarios. When a driver does not know the rules or does not follow them in a particular situation, he may cause a serious accident.

After an accident that has been caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way, it is critical to retain attorneys who are able to demonstrate that the other driver was the wrongdoer. This requires gathering evidence, retaining the right reconstruction experts, and taking other actions to build an effective case. The knowledgeable Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have more than 130 years of collective experience in analyzing the facts of the accident, reconstructing the events of the accident, and establishing the elements of a negligence case.

In Florida, a driver does not have a specific right-of-way, but rather must yield the right-of-way under certain circumstances, including:
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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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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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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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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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