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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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Our Miami personal injury lawyers report a North Naples construction worker has died in a workplace accident after being crushed by a bulldozer.  The 21 year old employee was working at EHC Construction when a bulldozer fell on top of him.  He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died due to his injuries.  EHC is currently working with authorities to uncover what happened and how it can prevent like accidents from occurring in the future.

Construction Workers Are At Serious Risk of Injury or Death

The construction industry is notoriously dangerous.  The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that close to 5,000 workers were killed on the job in the year 2013.  About 88 construction employees are killed each week and 12 perish in accidents every day.  About 20 percent of all employee deaths, or one in five, occurred in the construction industry.

Falls are one of the primary causes of construction site injuries and deaths.  Some other common causes include being struck by objects, trapped between objects, and electrocutions.  These are considered the four primary causes of construction accidents or the so-called “Fatal Four.”  These four accident types cause about half of all injuries and deaths in the construction industry.

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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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An employee at a Las Vegas cryotherapy center was found dead.  Coroners determined that she died as a result of suffocation in the cryotherapy chamber, which is cooled by liquid nitrogen.  The 24 year old perished due to low oxygen levels imposed by the extremely low temperatures produced in the chamber.

This death has drawn scrutiny to cryotherapy, which has gained in popularity in recent years and can be found across South Florida.  The personal injury attorneys of Greenberg, Stone and Urbano are concerned by this recent fatality and the general lack of regulation surrounding the industry.

Proponents of cryotherapy claim that it reduces pain and inflammation, helps with weight loss, aids blood flow, and improves skin and signs of aging, as well as improving the mental state of some depression sufferers. The cryotherapy chambers themselves expose people to extraordinarily low temperatures, below those experienced on Earth.  These ultra-low temperatures can reach -200 to -319 degrees Fahrenheit.  The cryotherapy customer is exposed to these temperatures for about one and a half to three minutes.  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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Our Miami car accident attorneys discuss a speed related accident that recently claimed the life of a bicyclist and killed the driver on Northwest 12th Avenue.  The accident happened in the evening hours when a black Infiniti was traveling down Northwest 12th Avenue at an excessive rate of speed.  The Infiniti entered the intersection at Northwest 54th Street, where it struck a cyclist, still traveling fast.  The speeding vehicle dragged the body of the cyclist for a block before it struck a tree and exploded, killing the driver inside.  Witnesses attempted to assist the accident victims, but the flames were too immense.  Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident and pronounced both the cyclist and the driver deceased.

Dangers of Speeding While Driving

The dangers of speeding are well known to most drivers.  Drivers who speed face large tickets from law enforcement officers, but even more seriously face the potential of causing an accident.  Speeding can cost lives and inflict severe injuries, along with property damage and other incidental damages.  Speeding is never justified and no reason for exceeding the speed limit is worth the potential costs.  Continue reading →

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Recently, the mother of a 19 year old received frightening texts that no mother would ever imagine.  Her son, who was staying with an Airbnb host in Madrid, sent her urgent text messages stating that his host had locked him into his bedroom in the fourth floor apartment where he was staying.  The host remained in the apartment and allegedly rattled knives around and pressed him to submit to a sexual act.  He begged his mother to help him.

His mother called Airbnb and its employees refused to provide her with the address of the apartment and would not call police.  Instead, they gave her the number of the Madrid police and said they would release to the address to the officer who called.  The 19 year old did manage to escape from the room, but claims he was sexually assaulted.  The host has denied all allegations.

This incident is the most recent in a series of alarming reports stemming from the popular in home, hostel service.  Several months ago, our Miami personal injury lawyers discovered a United States citizen in Argentina was severely injured when the host’s large dog attacked him.  Continue reading →

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Two City of Miami Fire Rescue vehicles were involved in a rollover crash recently that left seven firefighters and five civilians injured.  The horrendous accident was caught on tape, and thankfully resulted in no fatalities. All victims were released soon after the rollover accident in Miami.  Officials report that a grandmother and two children were in an ambulance on the way to Jackson Memorial Hospital when it was involved in a crash with a fire engine truck that was on its way to a fire.  A third vehicle was also involved in the accident.

Camera footage shows the engine truck rolling over and the ambulance with front end damage.  One child riding in the ambulance reported the windows breaking and the vehicle spinning.  He received four stitches to the back of the head, but was discharged shortly from the hospital.  At this time, it is not known what caused the accident and it is still under investigation.  Continue reading →

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Serious car accidents can be caused by poor vehicle maintenance.  This includes tire problems, brake failure, and other potential hazards that can lead to dangers on the road.  Proper vehicle maintenance is vital to your safety and the safety of those around you.  Our Miami car accident lawyers have provided the following list of tips that can help to ensure your vehicle is in tip top shape before you set off on a Florida roadway.

  1. Keep your tires in shape: Tire issues are one of the top causes of car accidents and are involved in over 10,000 serious accidents annually.  To keep your tires in good working order, first check your air pressure.  Underinflated tires can lead to hydroplaning and loss of control of the vehicle.  Use a pressure gauge test to check your tire’s pressure at least once a month and be sure the pressure matches the recommendation of your vehicle manufacturer.  Have the dealership or a mechanic rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles and have them check the alignment as well, as this can lead to uneven tread wear.
  2. Change the oil and check your fluid levels: Check your oil each month and change it as directed by your owner’s manual.  You should additionally check your automatic transmission, power steering, wiper, and brake fluid.
  3. Test the lights: Test your tail lights, headlights, and turn signals while your vehicle is in park to make sure each is in working order.  A broken light can not only create hazardous driving, it could result in a ticket.
  4. Replace windshield wipers: If your wipers are old or not working well, have them immediately replaced so that you can see clearly in the event of a downpour.  This is a quick and inexpensive fix.
  5. Bring your vehicle in for regular checkups: There are many car maintenance tasks that should be down every few months or yearly by a mechanic.  This includes flushing the cooling system, replacing brake, valves, hoses, and inspecting the exhaust.
  6. Check your air filter: Pull out your air filter, if you know how to locate it, and hold it to a strong light.  If you cannot see the light through it, it should be replaced.  A clean air filter will improve your vehicle’s performance.
  7. Check core components: Those without vehicle knowledge should enlist a mechanic for this step.  Have the engine, radiator, battery cables, and the like inspected to ensure everything is in safe working order as the failure of any of these parts can lead to serious accidents.

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With the school year now underway, many new teen drivers are hitting the roadways and commuting from home to school.  Newly licensed drivers may now be driving by themselves and could possibly carry friends or younger siblings to and from school.  It is important that the parents of teen driers take some steps to help ensure their children will not be involved in accidents this school year.

While the number of teen fatalities is on the decline, teen drivers remain more at risk than any other age group.  Teen drivers are injured or killed in thousands of accidents across the country, many resulting from inexperience, drinking, distraction, speeding, and other negligent behaviors.  Our car accident lawyers in Miami would like to provide some steps parents can take to prevent their teen drivers from being injured in an accident: Continue reading →

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