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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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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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