Articles Posted in Car Accidents

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Our car accident attorneys report on a recent news story where a California police officer had quite a surprise when he pulled over a car, only to find no driver inside.  The Mountain View, California police officer stopped one of Google’s self-driving cars for traveling too slowly.  The car was apparently traveling at 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.  Traffic had backed up behind the slow moving vehicle.  As the officer approached the car, he realized it was one of Google’s self-driving vehicles.  Although the car had no driver, it did have a passenger.  The officer asked the passenger how the car selected its speed and informed the passenger as to a section of the legal code that relates to impeding traffic.

The Google Self-Driving Car Project admitted that the car was driving slow, noting that none of the vehicles have ever been ticketed.  Company spokespersons explained that the smart cars have been capped at speeds of 25 miles per hour for safety reasons and so that the public views the vehicles as friendly, not zooming, potentially frightening vehicles.  Ultimately, the officer found the car had not broken the law and no ticket was issued.  Continue reading →

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Statistics show that “selfie-related” accidents have killed twice as many people around the world as unprovoked shark attacks.  The Conde Nast Traveler reported in September that at least 11 people have died in selfie-related accidents, while only eight died in shark attacks.  This tally has recently increased after a tourist died trying to snap a selfie at the Taj Mahal, falling fatally down a long flight of stairs.

A selfie is a self-photograph, generally taken with a cell phone camera by either holding it by hand or using a selfie stick.  The selfie phenomenon has taken off in recent years and while it is generally harmless, it can be dangerous when individuals attempt to take selfies in unsafe places or while driving.  The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are saddened to hear of these preventable deaths and hope that with increased education as to the potential dangers of taking photographs in certain situations, these accidents will decrease. Continue reading →

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Daylight savings time recently ended and most of the United States “fell back” one hour.  Unfortunately, the time change brings about an increased risk for automobile and pedestrian accidents according to statistics found by our Miami personal injury attorneys.  Many drivers have a hard time adjusting to this annual time change, which brings new low light and dark conditions in the evening hours.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions drivers to be more alert and use extra caution as the sun sets earlier during evening commutes.  The hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. are extremely dangerous once daylight savings time ends because drivers are faced with at times heavy traffic, along with decreased visibility and reduced reaction time and awareness.  As dusk now falls during the busiest commute hours, drivers are more likely to become careless or drowsy.  Darkness is one of the leading causes of pedestrian and automobile accidents, making it no surprise that the time change can bring about more accidents. Continue reading →

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Chain reaction crashes” are an unfortunate common event on many Florida roadways.  Over the summer, a chain reaction accident on I-75 in Pembroke Pines claimed the lives of two people, including a high school graduate.  Investigators report that a tractor trailer loaded with concrete was pulling out onto the highway when a vehicle collided with it and traveled underneath.  The car was torn apart as it continued under the truck until it finally ran off the road.  A second car then collided with the truck, causing concrete to fall out of its back.

The Dangers of Chain Reaction Accidents

While any car accident can be serious, multiple vehicle accidents hold the potential for fatal or severe injuries.  Thousands of people are killed annually in chain reaction crashes across the country.  It is believed that nearly half of all traffic fatalities are the result of multiple vehicle accidents.  Continue reading →

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A road ranger was killed while attempting to move a stalled vehicle in Miami.  Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade County.  Specifically, the 47 year old road ranger was slowing down traffic so that he could bring the stalled vehicle across the road and off to the shoulder.  A dump truck was unable to slow down in time and struck the ranger, who attempted to move out of the way, but was unable.

Road rangers provide free highway assistance to those experiencing issues on the highway.  They help to improve safety and reduce delays.  The loss of a long term road ranger in an accident such as this is tragic.  The Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano offer the following look at Move Over laws and what you should do in the event you see a road ranger attempting to assist someone.  It is our hope that if more people understand the Move Over laws, emergency personnel will stay safe while offering aid.  Continue reading →

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In September, a wrong way crash on Interstate 95 killed two sisters from Broward County.  Now, the driver is being charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a license causing death.  The accident killed 23 and 24 year old sisters from Pompano Beach who were driving home from Walt Disney World.  Authorities report that the driver headed north on southbound I-95, colliding with the sisters’ car.  Records show the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are aware of several major wrong way accidents that have occurred in the South Florida area in recent months.  We hope that this alarming trend does not continue and support the use of innovative measures to prevent wrong way accidents, such as wrong way signs triggered by wrong way vehicles and poles to block wrong way cars. Continue reading →

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A fatal car accident has devastated one Southwest Florida community and left two families reeling.  Florida Highway Patrol officials report that a 17 year old and a 15 year old friend were riding in a Mercedes when the teen driver failed to negotiate a curve.  The car struck a median and the sheer impact of the crash caused the rear of the vehicle to actually separate from the front.  Half of the car traveled into the northbound lanes while the separated half moved into the southbound lanes.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted numerous families who lost teens and children in preventable accidents. We have witnessed the devastation experienced by these grieving parents and family members.  To help prevent accidents such as this one and so many others like it, we offer some tips for teaching your teen how to drive and methods for ensuring they become a safe driver. Continue reading →

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A horrifying video has been released showing two young men speeding to their deaths.  The 21 year old passenger filmed his 20 year old friend while driving.  The passenger tells the driver on the video to slow down because he is doing 90 mph.  Minutes later, the vehicle loses control and crashes into a church wall, killing both men instantly.  The video emerged out of East Sussex and was released by local police, with permission from the families of these young men.  The pair were apparently on a cocktail of drugs at the time of the accident.  One of the men leaves behind a five year old daughter.  The families of these deceased individuals are hoping that the video footage will have an impact on young people and will cause others to think twice before ingesting drugs and driving.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano are shocked by this horrific video and join in the hope that it will raise awareness as to the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  The following is a look at some facts surrounding drugged driving and what you should do in the event you are injured by a driver who is potentially under the influence of drugs.

The Dangers of Drugged Driving

The use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs can make a driver unsafe.  Specific drugs will have a different impact on the brain.  For instance, marijuana slows down reaction time, impairs judgment, and decreases motor coordination.  Drivers under the influence of marijuana may have an increase in lane weaving, poor reaction time, and a lack of attention to the road.  In contrast, drivers under the influence of cocaine or methamphetamine may become reckless and aggressive drivers.  They may speed excessively, cut other drivers off, and engage in other dangerous behaviors.  Drivers using sedative drugs, called benzodiazepines, may be drowsy or dizzy, which can result in serious and sometimes fatal accidents.

Each individual will be affected by drugs slightly differently.  More research is needed to understand how much of a drug impairs a person’s driving ability.  It is clear that even a small amount of many drugs will have a negative effect on driving.  As such, many states have a zero tolerance policy on drugged driving.  This means that drivers can be convicted of driving under the influence if there is any amount of drug in their blood or urine.

Florida has not yet passed a zero tolerance drugged driving policy.  However, drivers under the influence of drugs can be convicted of a DUI if the controlled substance impairs the driver’s normal facilities.  Many are calling for enhanced drugged driving laws.

If you have been injured in a car accident and believe the other driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, consult with a licensed Miami car accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano:  Over 130 Years of Collective Experience

If you have been injured in a car accident in South Florida, the Miami Automobile Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. are here to help.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing car accident victims across South Florida.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.  We received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald ranked us as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our exceptional car accident attorneys to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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Recently, a crash in Miami left eight students and a driver trapped inside an overturned van.  Several Miami high school students are being hailed as heroes after taking quick action to help those inside.  The students, who had been on their way to lunch, ran up to the vehicle and broke a window using a rock.  They jumped into action when they witnessed a van on its side and another vehicle in poor condition.  Two of the students inside the van were in critical condition and the driver of the other vehicle did not survive the crash.  It is unclear as of now what caused the accident, but one thing is certain—the quick actions of the high school students helped to save lives that day.  The victims of the accident will now need to seek the assistance of a licensed Miami car accident lawyer.

Steps to Take if You Witness a Car Crash

If you are unfortunate enough to witness a bad car accident, you should stop and identify yourself as a witness to the accident.  Although it may be inconvenient, your eyewitness account could greatly impact the outcome of the accident.  You will need to provide your information and a statement.  Here are some additional steps our Miami auto accident lawyers recommend that you take if you witness or are involved in an accident: Continue reading →

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Our Miami car accident attorneys report on a recent and horrific crash in Miami that killed one and sent seven others to the hospital.  The accident occurred when one vehicle was making a left hand turn and another was headed straight on Northwest Seventh Street.  One vehicle was left on its side from the force of the collision.  Miami Fire Rescue vehicles rushed to the scene and a total of eight people were transported to the hospital.  Two of those transported included an elderly couple.  The older man driving the Nissan that was making a left hand turn died at the hospital.  Six teenagers, ranging in age from 17 to 19, were also transported, with two being severely injured.

Personal Injury Claims

If you are injured in an accident and believe the other driver or drivers acted in a negligent manner to cause it, you can file a personal injury claim.  Typically, personal injury victims can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering stemming from the accident.  Accident victims who are seriously injured in an accident and will experience long term disability or other effects due to their injuries could be entitled to additional compensation.  Disabled accident victims may receive long term future medical expenses, loss of income for future years, rehabilitation expenses, and more.  Those injured in a car accident will need to seek the assistance of an experienced Miami car accident attorney who will evaluate their injuries and determine the best course of action to recover the funds you deserve. Continue reading →

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