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This blog post is Part II of a two-installment blog reviewing the dangers posed by vehicles that are exempt from the requirement of implementing vehicle defect recalls.  Many people do not realize that the requirement to ensure that safety defects are corrected on vehicles prior to making them available to consumers is limited to new vehicle sales.  Despite efforts to get defective rental cars and used cars off the road, consumers should confirm that a used car or rental can is not subject to a recall prior to purchasing or renting the vehicle.

Vehicles Exempt from Safety Recalls

Despite proposed legislation intended to close loopholes involving vehicles that are not required to fix defects, public safety remains dependent on voluntary action.  The law does not require that a rental car be repaired before it is rented to another customer following issuance of a safety recall.  Admittedly, certain rental car agencies voluntarily pull vehicles subject to recall out of circulation, but there are strong economic incentives not to take this step.  An article in Fortune magazine discussing this issue indicated that a major vehicle recall can impact one-third of a rental car company’s entire fleet of vehicles.

Under current federal law, a new car dealer cannot sell a vehicle subject to a safety recall until the issue has been fixed.  There is no similar requirement imposed on the sell or rental of cars from a rental car agency, used cars, or loaners.  The loophole is so large that used car dealerships, rental car companies, and dealerships that provide loaners do not even need to inform customers about significant safety recalls that affect a vehicle.

Danger of Fatal Accidents Caused by Unrepaired Vehicle Defects Claiming Lives

Although it might be tempting to dismiss this potential dangers as more theoretical than actual, the loophole that allows certain categories of defective vehicles to remain on our roads have caused traffic fatalities and catastrophic injuries, such as the following:

  • Two sisters tragically perished in a vehicle fire when they were driving a rental car that had been recalled because of a fire hazard.
  • A woman rented a car with an airbag that was subject to recall. She suffered significant injuries when her defective airbag failed to deploy during a crash.
  • A California Highway Patrol officer and three family members were involved in a horrific crash when their loaner Lexus suddenly accelerated unexpectedly until it reached a top speed of 120 mph. The vehicle went over an embankment and burst into flame.  Three vehicle occupants died in the crash.

These high profile examples demonstrate that unrepaired vehicle defects are actually causing harm to unsuspecting drivers and vehicle occupants who have no idea they might be driving a moving death trap.

Efforts to Require Compliance with Safety Recalls for All Vehicles Have Failed

Traffic safety advocates and lawmakers have been promoting new legislation to mitigate the danger posed by this loophole for years.  However, there is an increased urgency because of the seriousness and scope of recent vehicle defects.  Some rental car companies have voluntarily entered into an agreement not to re-rent recalled cars until safety issues have been addressed.  Unfortunately, these voluntarily measures have left millions of defective used vehicles and rental cars on our roads.

While federal lawmakers and regulators have been slow to formally respond to this risk, motorists are not without remedies when defects cause accidents.  When a defect causes a collision involving a vehicle exempt from recall requirements, the following parties might be liable for significant injuries or death:

  • Manufacturer of the vehicle
  • Rental car agency that re-rents the defective vehicle
  • Used car dealership that sells a defective vehicle to an unsuspecting consumer
  • New car dealership that furnishes a loaner to a customer while the customer’s car is

being serviced

These parties might be liable along with other negligent parties who constitute a substantial factor in causing an auto accident, such as other drivers, public entities, vehicle repair shops, vehicle owners, employers of negligent drivers and others.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Seeking Maximum Recovery for Damages Sustained Due to Negligence 

If you or your family member have been injured in a Florida car crash, our Miami Auto Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will tenaciously pursue the full compensation you deserve.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

 

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With the arrival of summer, families are making vacation plans which might include getting a loaner car while you take your car in to get it serviced or making arrangements for a rental car.  While you might presume that used car dealerships and rental car agencies confirm that the cars they provide to customers are mechanically sound and comply with safety recalls, there is no factual basis for this assumption.  Although new car dealers are required to comply promptly with car defect safety recalls, this requirement of federal law does not apply to dealers that provide loaners, rental car companies, and used car dealerships.

2014 Brought a Record Number of Vehicle Safety Recall Defects

Although the loophole that exempts used cars, dealer loaners, and used cars from recalls has always posed a serious danger to the public, this risk has been magnified by the record number of recalls in 2014.  Last year, carmakers recalled a record 62,000,000 vehicles for safety defects.  The most prominent recalls that dominated the news involved faulty ignition switches and defective airbags.  General Motors (GM) recalled millions of vehicles because of a potentially deadly ignition switch defect.  The defect caused the switch to rotate into the off position while the vehicle was moving, disabling steering, brakes, and airbags.  GM ignition switch defects has claimed the lives of over a 104 people as of May 18, 2015.

While the ignition switch recall was limited to GM, the recall of airbags manufactured by Takata® involved as many as ten different automakers and constitutes the largest recall in history.  The airbags at issue rupture violently when they deploy causing metal shrapnel to be propelled at unsuspecting drivers.  The number of vehicles affected by the defective airbags continues to rise at the time of the writing of this blog post, but the toll claimed by the defect is currently at six fatalities and dozens of fatalities.

Along with these vehicle defects, recalls have been related to a range of other safety issues involving faulty fuel gauges, fire hazards, impaired steering, sudden brake failure, and other airbag defects.  The public was inundated with safety recalls, and over 700 recalls were announced during 2014.  The failure of Hyundai and GM to act promptly enough when implementing recalls even resulted in significant fines imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Given the massive number of safety issues with vehicles, loopholes that exempt rental cars, used vehicles, and loaners from recalls is concerning.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Seeking Maximum Recovery for Damages Sustained Due to Negligence 

If you or a love one has been injured in a motor vehicle collision, our Miami Car Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will tenaciously pursue the full compensation you deserve.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Recently, three people were killed in an early morning car accident in Miami Lakes.  Investigators report that a red Nissan Altima was driving west on Miami Lakes Drive when the driver suddenly lost control at the intersection with North Miami Lakeway Road and slammed into a wall.  The car wound up wrapped around a light pole.  The accident occurred at about 1:20 a.m.

There were three people in the Altima, two women in their 30s and a man in his 40s.  All three occupants were killed on impact. The vehicle was damaged so badly that it was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office with the three bodies inside.

A nearby resident reports that during his 20 years living in the area, he has seen several crashes.  The mornings, he feels, are the most dangerous.  Investigators report that the driver of the vehicle was a single mother to a ten year old boy and studying to be a medical billing specialist.  It is believed speed was a factor in the crash and the potential role of drugs or alcohol is being investigated.

Miami Lakes Drive is a busy stretch of road.  During the police investigation, one vehicle drove past the speed limit sign, the police cruiser, and straight through the police tape.  A field sobriety test was administrated and the suspect was arrested for a possible DUI.

That same morning, officers responded to another speed related accident, this one occurring at Lejeune Road and Northwest 36th Street.  The driver was headed east when he lost control and crashed into a light pole on the median.  He died at the scene of the accident.

Speed is a Top Cause of Car Accidents

            Nearly one third of all car accidents can be attributed to speed.  The faster a car is traveling, the less time drivers have to react to obstacles or roadway hazards.  Speeding causes cars to lose control, swerve, hit cars ahead, and much more.  Some 13,000 lives a year are lost due to speeding.

Speeding is a deliberate behavior and when a speeding driver injuries another, he or she may be held accountable for the damages that ensue.  If you have been injured in a speed related crash, contact a licensed car accident attorney as soon as possible.  Your attorney will start by gathering evidence of the at-fault party’s excessive speed.  This could include photographing skid marks, checking traffic cameras, police reports, witness statements, assessing damages, and taking weather conditions into account.  With this evidence compiled, your attorney should be able to present a strong case for negligence on the part of the speeding driver.  Remember, the at-fault driver’s speed need not always be high to be considered excessive; road and weather conditions require speed adjustments and those who fail to take these conditions into consideration can be held accountable.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Award Winning Automobile Accident Attorneys   

            This recent tragic accident highlights the need for increased automobile safety.  If you have been injured in a car crash, the Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will fight to see that you obtain the recovery you deserve.  For over 130 collective years, our experienced attorneys have assisted accident victims in car accident, personal injury, and wrongful death actions across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for all of your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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On Saturday, March 7, a 21 year old woman from Miami was killed after the van in which she was a passenger overturned on a ramp between Interstate 95 and Interstate 595 in Broward County.  The young victim was one of five people riding in a 2006 Dodge Durango.  The van crashed at about 3:30 p.m. as the driver attempted to exit northbound I-95 and enter east I-595.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

The driver, a 51 year old from Miami, apparently failed to negotiate the curve on the ramp and lost control of the vehicle.  Two occupants were ejected from the Durango.  Another passenger, a 24 year old from Miami Gardens, is currently listed in serious condition in Broward Health Medical Center.  She was also not wearing a seat belt.

The driver and two others in the van, one of which is a four year old child, suffered minor injuries but thankfully were wearing seat belts and will make a full recovery.

This tragic crash serves as a sad reminder of the importance of seat belts.  Our Miami car accident lawyers  have seen time and time again—a seat belt can save a life in the event of a car accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 15,000 lives are saved each year by seat belts.

Seat Belts Offer 5-Way Protection

            Seat belts are known to prevent serious injury to the occupants of motor vehicles in five ways:

  1. Keep occupants inside the vehicle: When a car accident occurs, your body will attempt to continue to move at the speed the vehicle was traveling.  Seat belts keep you from being thrown out of the car or traveling through the windshield.  People thrown from the car are four times more likely to die in an accident than those kept within.
  2. Seat belts restrain the strongest parts of the body: Seat belts use the strongest parts of your body, the hips and shoulders, to restrain you in the event of a crash.
  3. Spreads out the force of a collision: Seat belts will spread the force of a crash over a wide area of the body.  By avoiding putting stress on any one area, seat belts help to avoid serious injury.  The shoulder strap will also keep our head and upper body away from the steering wheel, dashboard, and other hard parts of the vehicle that you would otherwise hit in the event of a crash.
  4. Slows your body down: It is the quick change of speed that often causes injury in a crash, and seat belts help to extent the time it takes for your body to slow down in a crash.
  5. Protects brain and spinal cord: Seat belts are designed to protect the two most fragile parts of your body—your brain and spinal cord.  Head injuries can be deadly and spinal cord injuries can have serious consequences, both of which seat belts guard against.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.: Aggressive Representation for Car Accident Victims

            If you have been injured in a car accident, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  For over 130 collective years, we have assisted car accident victims across South Florida.  Our dedication to legal excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald. Allow our dedicated attorneys to mount your successful case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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Starting January 1, 2015, more Florida children will be kept safe in child safety seats designed to minimize injuries and save young lives.  The Florida Child Safety Seat Law was implemented by the Florida Legislature just this year.  The law came after 14 years of battling for Florida legislatures to strengthen the state’s notoriously weak child safety seat requirements.  Now, all children ages four and five must be in a child safety seat while riding in the car. Our Miami personal injury lawyers report that appropriate safety seats must be state approved and meet certain minimum safety requirements.

The revised law marks an important step towards reducing the number of child deaths in the state and improving overall child safety.  Children in child safety seats are better protected in the event of a crash.  By including four and five year olds in child safety seat requirements, the Florida Child Restraint Law has expanded safety across the family.  Studies have unanimously found that the use of age appropriate car seats and booster seats greatly reduces the risk of serious or fatal injury for young children.

Under the new law, all four and five year olds must ride in a state approved child car seat or booster seat.  Harsh penalties will be lobbed against those that fail to comply, including fines of $60 and up to three points applied on their driver’s license.

Some children will need to sit in booster seats beyond the age required by Florida law, depending upon the child’s size.  The FLHSMV provides guidelines to parents in assessing whether a booster seat is needed after the age of five.  These guidelines recommend that children should remain in a booster seat until:

  • The child is at least 4’9” tall;
  • The child can sit at the back of the seat and bend his or her knees at the edge of the seat;
  • The shoulder belt should stretch across the child’s chest, not the neck; and
  • The lap belt lays flat across the child’s upper thighs, not the stomach.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a booster seat reduces the risk of serious injury for children between the ages of four and eight by 45 percent, as compared to just using a seat belt.  Booster seats raise the child to the required height so that the seat belt can offer appropriate restraint.

The attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A are proud to see this latest amendment to Florida law aimed at reducing the risk of child injury and death.  We hope that parents will take heed and place their young children in appropriate car and booster seats so that in 2015 we will see a substantial decrease in child related car accident injuries and deaths.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting Child Accident Victims

All parents want to keep their children safe at any cost.  Unfortunately, sometimes car accidents that involve children will occur to even the safest of drivers.  If your child is injured in a car accident, you will need the representation of the very best to ensure he or she receives the recovery deserved.  The Miami personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A have over 130 years of collective experience zealously fighting for the recovery of child and other accident victims.  Our dedication and commitment to excellence has earned us recognition as a top South Florida firm by the Miami Herald and an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin mounting your successful personal injury action.

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A Miami woman had to be rescued from her vehicle on Wednesday, March 4.  The accident victim became trapped inside her vehicle after a rollover accident occurred on I-95 southbound at around 7:30 a.m.  Miami Fire Rescue crews found the woman trapped in her car that had rolled over on its side.  Rescue crews were able to extricate the woman from the vehicle, and then transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Another vehicle suffered damages in the accident, but the driver was not injured.  Three express lanes on I-95 southbound were closed and three local lanes blocked as emergency crews responded to the scene.

Rollover car accidents like the one described above cause about 30% of all car accident deaths.  Our Miami car accident lawyers find those who survive a serious rollover accident are often left with severe and sometimes life threatening injuries.  Some rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents, but even in such accidents the driver may not be responsible for the accident.  Faulty vehicle designs or defective roadways can contribute to the likelihood of a rollover crash.

The Causes of Rollover Accidents

            There are several causes of rollover accidents, some involving just one vehicle and others including multiple vehicles.  Tripping is a main cause of rollover accidents.  This occurs when the tires on your vehicle strike something, often a curb, soft shoulder, or bump, causing your vehicle to pitch sideways or forward into a roll.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 95 percent of all single vehicle rollover accidents are caused by tripping.

Some of the most common contributing factors in rollover accidents include:

  • Hazardous roadways: A lack of warning signs, uneven pavement, poor road maintenance, and other preventable road problems can trigger a trip, leading to serious rollover accidents.
  • A high center of gravity: SUVS, trucks, and minivans usually have higher centers of gravity than regular cars, making them more likely to rollover.
  • Tire failure: Defective tires can suddenly fail, causing you to lose control of the vehicle.  In some cases, defective tires can be the cause of the tripping in and of themselves.
  • Multiple vehicle accidents: When any vehicle, but especially an SUV, truck, or other top heavy vehicle, is struck by another vehicle, it can lead to rollovers.
  • Speeding or distracted driving: Speed is a common cause of rollover accidents, as drivers traveling at high speeds are less likely to be able to stop to avoid a trip or another vehicle.  Distracted driving is another major cause of rollovers because distracted drivers may have their eyes and attention off the road, allowing them to strike an object or other vehicle.

Those injured in a rollover accident should contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible.  Rollover crash victims may be able to recover from their injuries from the other driver involved, the vehicle or tire manufacturer, or the owner of the defective roadway.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Experienced Representation for Miami Rollover Accident Victims

Rollover accidents commonly result in serious injuries or even death to those involved.  These accidents can be the result of negligence on the part of another driver, defective vehicles, or hazardous roadways.  If you or a loved one is injured in a rollover accident in South Florida, the Miami automobile accident attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A can help.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience and will diligently fight for your full recovery.  Our dedication and commitment to excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get you the compensation that you deserve.

 

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Recently, a Miami teenager walking home was seriously injured in a hit and run crash.  The accident occurred on Saturday, February 28th at about 9:30 p.m.  The 18 year old victim’s boyfriend was walking her home along NW 13th Avenue.  The couple was crossing NW 54th Street when a car suddenly slammed into the female victim.  Witnesses report seeing the teen girl go flying through the air upon impact, and then falling to the concrete.  Our Miami car accident lawyers discovered that the car never stopped to see if she was okay or wait for the police to arrive.

The 18 year old hit and run accident victim has suffered head trauma and multiple broken bones.  She is currently on life support and unable to breathe on her own.  She has not opened her eyes since the crash.

As the young accident victim continues to fight for her life, Miami police are searching for the person responsible for the incident.  Police have obtained surveillance video taken minutes before the accident.  The vehicle is being described as a champagne-colored SUV with extensive damage or no bumper at all in the front.  Police are hopeful that between the video and witness accounts, they will be able to find the driver and hold him or her responsible for the grave injuries inflicted upon the young pedestrian.  Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Miami-Dade police immediately.

While all car accidents are traumatic, hit and run accidents are among the most devastating.  Being hit by a car or truck only to have the at-fault driver continue to speed away can leave you emotionally as well as physically scarred.

Hit and run accident victims will not only be forced to deal with their physical injuries and damage to their vehicles, but must also handle important questions as to who will pay for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Obtaining Compensation Following a Hit and Run in Florida

            After any hit and run accident, the local police will attempt to uncover the identity of the driver who fled the scene.  Investigators will examine traffic camera feeds, interview witnesses, and talk to the victim, if possible, in an effort to determine the driver’s identity.  Occasionally, the driver will turn themselves in.

If the driver is found, he or she can then be held responsible for the victim’s damages suffered as a result of the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and sometimes punitive damages.

If the driver cannot be located, hit and run accident victims can often still recover through their own insurance company.  An experienced car accident attorney will examine the crash and uncover all potential avenues for recovery.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Offers Dedicated Representation to Hit and Run Crash Victims

Hit and run accidents are among the most tragic of all accidents, leaving the victim seriously injured with no definite answers as to who hit them.  Hit and run accidents can be difficult to obtain compensation for, but the skilled Miami automobile accident law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A has the experience you need to recover from even these complex accidents.  With more than 130 years of collective experience of our attorneys, our attorneys will uncover your best avenue to a full recovery following any sort of serious accident.  Our commitment to excellence has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and acknowledgement as one of South Florida’s top-rated firms by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get you the compensation that you deserve.

 

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One of the things that most people do not think about until they are directly impacted is that a claim or a court case for injuries and property damage generally requires a known negligent party.  However, there are many times when there is a missing vehicle.  This is referred to as a phantom car or phantom driver.  It can happen in a situation where there is a hit and run, where the driver of the other vehicle realizes that he may have done something wrong and flees the scene.  There are other cases where a person does not realize that he caused an accident, such as a situation where a rapid lane change causes another vehicle to brake and swerve, leading to a crash.  The driver who executed the reckless action may never see the devastation in his rear-view mirror.

Anytime there is a car crash that leads to injuries, it is important to look at the causes of the accident and hold the responsible parties accountable.  Although it is difficult to get the right results when there is a phantom driver involved in the accident, the accomplished Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. will draw upon their 130 years of collective experience in order to obtain the best possible results for our clients.

If there is a situation where the phantom driver is deemed to be responsible for part or all of the accident, then there is an allocation of damages to that missing person.  This means that there is a liability, but no party from which to recover.  In situations like this, an accident victim can get compensated for his injuries if he has uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage, but if there is no UIM coverage then it is possible that a victim will not get the compensation that he deserves.  There is a tactical element that goes into cases like this.  It is possible that there are multiple parties that may have contributed to the accident, so an attorney can choose to raise a claim or bring an action against only one of the individuals that may have contributed to the harm that was suffered.  However, if this resulted in no claim being submitted against the UIM coverage, then the victim could lose the right to recover from that source permanently.

There are investigative techniques that could be utilized to identify the phantom driver, including identifying all potential witnesses and searching for sources of information, such as traffic cameras and surveillance videos.  One of the biggest factors in this type of case is time.  It is important to get the right legal help working on behalf of the victim as soon as possible in order to discover evidence before it is lost or destroyed.  This provides the opportunity to make a decision based on the various options available after dedicating resources to uncovering as much information as possible.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Advocates on Behalf of Accident Victims

There are many struggles that an accident victim faces after a serious crash.  However, if there are complicating factors such as a phantom vehicle, it is critical to have a law firm that has the experience to overcome obstacles.  The South Florida truck accident law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. has spent more than 30 years advocating on behalf of accident victims, resulting in extensive experience and legal sophistication.  We will investigate different options in order to arrive at the right legal strategy based on the unique situation of our client.  We have earned a peer-reviewed AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive.  Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can discuss how we can get you the compensation that you deserve.

 

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There are many different considerations that go into selecting a new car, whether for one person or a family.  Some recent study results may provide a little more information that can influence the ultimate purchase decision.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released a report on nine different vehicle models for the model year 2011 in which there have been no driver fatalities for the researched time period.  The results were attributable to safety features such as stability control. Considering that approximately 30,000 people are killed in vehicle-related collisions each year, the fact that there are absolutely no driver fatalities for these specific vehicles is an important statistic, but in no way guarantees that a person will be able to walk away from a crash.

Although there are safety technologies that protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash, this does not prevent many people throughout South Florida from being injured or killed in accidents that are caused by one or more people’s negligence.  The skilled Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understand the devastation that results from a car crash and will work to get accident victims the compensation that they deserve.  Our attorneys have more than 130 years of collective experience in getting results for our clients following a serious accident.

It always is a wonderful thing when victims of a serious crash do not suffer from horrific injuries.  The recent IIHS study discusses nine vehicles that have never been involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality within the vehicle, according to available records studied for the time period from 2009 through 2012 (no assertions are made with regard to driver fatalities that occurred before 2009.  Six of these vehicles are sports utility vehicles (SUVs).  Generally speaking, SUVs have the lowest fatality rates of any vehicle class.  The safety records of these vehicles are based on the protection afforded by the larger vehicle frame, as well as the regulations for stability control systems in the SUVs.  The six SUVs that were named in the recent study for no driver fatalities were the:

  • Kia Sorento;
  • Lexus RX 350;
  • Mercedes-Benz GL;
  • Toyota Highlander;
  • Toyota Sequoia; and
  • Volvo XC90.

The other vehicles that fall within the no-fatality category are the Subaru Legacy, the Audi A4, and the minivan Honda Odyssey.  The IIHS believes that this new group of vehicles without any associated driver fatalities is a step in the direction of a time when most people will be able to survive a crash.  However, this time still is far in the future.  The IIHS did note that the disparity between the safest and least safe vehicles was increasing, with smaller vehicles being found to be more dangerous.  In addition, the fact that vehicles are becoming safer does not mean that people do not have to take personal responsibility for acts of negligence that lead to other individuals’ injuries.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. Zealously Advocates for Vehicle Accident Victims

There have been many technological improvements that increase a person’s chance of surviving an accident, but there still are hundreds of thousands of severe injuries that happen every year.  The South Florida car accident law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. understands how much devastation an accident can cause for a victim and his or her family, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  In many cases, a victim never will completely recover.  Our law firm has been representing the interests of accident victims for more than 30 years.  We have earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating that a firm can receive.  In addition, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can get to work for you.

 

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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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