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Each year, over 70,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms across the nation for non-fatal gunshot injuries.  Another 30,000 will die due to unintentional shootings, as well as homicides and suicides.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that gun accidents cause more than 15 percent of all injuries and deaths from gunshot wounds.

Children, who are often unaware of the dangers of firearms or lack the control necessary to safely handle a gun, are tragically sometimes involved in gun related incidents.  Recently, the was a gun accident in Florida where a two year old boy was killed after fatally shooting himself with his father’s gun.  In Idaho, a toddler accidently discharged a handgun, killing his mother.  Several incidents occurred in a short time frame in Texas, with a three year old and four year old accidently shooting themselves and a five year old critically injuring his sibling.

On average, 62 kids per year die from gun related accidents like those described above.  In addition to these purely accidental shootings, there have been a number of highly publicized school shooting involving older teens who were able to obtain guns from their parents to shoot others.

Parent’s Liability for Gun Related Accidents

            In most cases, parents are deemed legally responsible for the actions of their children.  This means that if a minor injures another with a firearm, the parents may be held accountable and be required to provide compensation to the victim or the victim’s family.

Parents who fail to safely secure firearms out of the reach of children can be considered inherently negligent.  In the event that a child gets a hold of an unsecured firearm and discharges it, causing injury or death to another, the injured victim or their family may pursue a civil action against the parents.

Liability in the Event of School Shootings

            School shootings present another complex area of potential liability.  Each day across the United States, parents send their children to school expecting that they will be kept safe while receiving an education.  Schools, sadly, have become the site of shootings, stabbings, and other attacks.

The victims of school violence or their families may have several different avenues for recovery in the event of a school shooting or other act of violence.  One possible defendant will be the school itself.  Federal and state laws require schools provide adequate supervision to students, including responding to threats and taking actions to prevent violence.  A school’s failure to address a potential threat and provide appropriate action or security could lead to liability in a personal injury or wrongful death action.

Shooting victims or their families can seek compensation for their medical expenses, mental and emotional pain and suffering, disability, burial and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, and much more.  Contact an attorney immediately if you or your child has been injured in a gun related incident.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Dedicated Representation for Shooting Accident Victims

            Gun violence is on the rise and sadly children are often the responsible parties.  The Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. assist victims of all sorts of accidents and wrongful acts.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has handled a wide variety of personal injury claims across South Florida.  We will fight for your civil compensation against the at-fault party, which may include parents or supervisors.  Our dedication and talent 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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Parking lots are spread across the United States, and especially concentrated in bustling South Florida.  Parking lots can be found near shopping centers, businesses, schools, beaches, hotels, apartment complexes, and many more high traffic areas.  An astonishing one out of every five motor vehicle accidents takes place in a parking lot.  Recent studies show that the number of pedestrians injured in parking lots is on the rise.  In fact, about 20 percent of all pedestrian accidents now happen in the parking lots of malls, shopping centers, supermarkets, and big box stores.

Child Victims

            Many pedestrians killed in parking lot accidents in Miami are children between the ages of five and nine.  More than 22 percent of all fatal child traffic crashes were pedestrians.  Most of these accidents happen when drivers fail to see children while backing up in their vehicle.

Causes of Parking Lot Accidents

              There are several common causes of parking lot accidents, including:

  • Drivers enter parking lots with an eye on spotting a vacant space, and often neglect to watch for other drivers or pedestrians who are on the move.
  • Many drivers will pull head in to a parking spot, which requires they back out upon leaving. Blind zones are created by other vehicles and the parking lot structure that may obstruct the driver’s view and allow pedestrians to be hit while attempting to navigate the parking lot.
  • Traffic laws are not enforceable inside parking lots, leading to reckless driving and confusion.
  • Parking lots are often congested, which leads to increased pedestrian accidents.

Dangerous Parts of a Parking Lot

            There are several areas within parking lots that pose excess danger, including:

  • Places with low or dim lighting that can result in pedestrian accidents, as well as criminal activity and slip and falls.
  • Parts of the parking lot where snow or ice accumulates, causing cars to slid into pedestrians or pedestrians to fall.
  • The exit of a parking lot, as vehicles may pull out quickly without checking for pedestrians or approaching cars.

Tips for Staying Safe in Parking Lots

            Observing the following safety tips can help to keep drivers and pedestrians alike safe in parking lots:

  • Watch closely for pedestrians when backing out
  • Watch closely for cars backing out if you are a pedestrian
  • Turn on your headlights to maximize visibility
  • Stay within recognized foot paths when walking
  • Do not text while walk and use marked crosswalks
  • Park in well lit areas
  • Comply with all posted signs

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in a parking lot, the driver and owner of the parking lot could be liable for your damages stemming from the accident.  Contact a licensed attorney to explore your recovery options.

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

            Pedestrian accidents can have devastating consequences.  No one travels to a shopping center expecting to be hit by a car, yet these sorts of accidents happen every day.  If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has handled a wide variety of personal injury claims across South Florida.  Our dedication and talent 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 experienced attorneys to mount your successful personal injury case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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A balcony collapse occurring in 2013 made headline news when 33 people were injured, two of them seriously, in Miami.  The accident occurred when the deck of a popular waterfront restaurant suddenly collapsed as over 100 people gathered on it to celebrate the Miami Heat game.  Restaurant patrons tumbled into the waters and were injured in the process.  Twenty four patrons were transported to the hospital, with two in serious condition.  A number of premises liability cases arose from the accident in Miami and the structure was deemed unsafe.

This 2013 balcony collapse is just one of many to occur every year.  Balcony collapses often happen in apartment and condominium buildings, hotels, restaurants, and elsewhere.  Throughout Florida, there have been several instances of major balcony collapses that sent several to the hospital.

Causes of Balcony Collapses

Due to the often extreme heights involved in falls from balconies, serious injuries and even death may result.  Injuries can include broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, nerve damage, internal organ damage, disfigurement, paralysis, and much more.

Balcony falls in Florida are often caused by:

  • Crumbling or weak railings
  • Structural issues, including rotted wood, improper anchoring, rusted bolts, loose railings, and more
  • Railings that are too low or spaced too far apart
  • Balcony collapse due to exceeding the maximum weight limits or miscalculation of appropriate weight limits
  • Failure of property owners to comply with the Florida building codes
  • Defective construction

Liability in the Event of a Balcony Collapse

            Property owners in Florida are vested with a responsibility to ensure that their property, including any balconies, is safe for use and maintained in this safe condition.  The laws that apply to property owners are called premises liability laws.  Premises liability law requires that all balconies and terraces comply with building codes and are maintained in safe condition.  Balcony safety is of particular importance for the owners and operators of apartment complexes, high rises, and hotels due to the extreme risks involved with falls from these heights.

When a balcony collapse occurs, the property owner can be held accountable for the damages that ensue.  Injured victims should contact a premises liability attorney who will help to protect their legal rights.  Your attorney will analyze the collapse and employ the experts necessary to uncover the reason for the fall.  If the balcony collapsed due to any negligence on the part of the property owner, the builder, or the property manager, these parties can be joined in an action seeking damages for all injuries sustained.

Premises liability suits can seek recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.  If your loved one is killed in such an accident, you can file a wrongful death suit against the negligent property owner.  Contact a licensed attorney as soon as possible to begin the investigatory process and preserve your potential claim.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Assisting the Victims of Dangerous Balcony Collapses

            Balcony collapses can result in serious injuries and even death.  When a balcony collapse occurs, the victims may be eligible to bring a personal injury action against the negligent property owner.  The Miami Premises Liability Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have assisted several victims of balcony collapses with impressive results.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has successfully resolved a wide variety of personal injury claims across South Florida.  Our experience and talent 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 skilled 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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Each year, about 32,000 individuals are killed in car accidents across the nation.  Florida is home to over 2,000 deaths a year, making it one of the most dangerous states for drivers.  Fatal car accidents often involve the use of excessive speed, distraction, aggressive driving, defective automobile parts, unsafe roadways, and much more.  The survivors of fatal car accident victims are likely to feel bereaved, stressed, and confused. Often, the loss of the deceased puts a tremendous financial strain on the family.

The family members of those killed in car accidents can seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death lawsuit.  Our Miami wrongful death lawyers have prepared the following guide to wrongful death actions in Florida:

What is a Wrongful Death?

            A wrongful death is defined under Florida law as a death caused by negligence, breach of contract, or default.  A death can be termed wrongful in the event of nearly any car accident that was caused by the negligence of another.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

            The Florida Wrongful Death Act authorizes the personal representative of the deceased’s estate to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. The personal representative will seek to recover compensation to be put towards the survivors of the deceased and the estate.  Survivors eligible to receive compensation from the wrongful death include spouses, children, parents, and siblings.  Both minor and adult children can receive a recovery in the event of their parent’s death.

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Suit

            The Florida Wrongful Death Act authorizes two categories of damages:  those that are recoverable by the estate and those recoverable by the survivors of the car accident victim.

The deceased’s estate can recover for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Any medical expenses paid out prior to the victim’s death
  • Loss of the deceased’s income
  • Loss of net accumulations

Survivors of the car accident victim can seek recovery for:

  • Loss of companionship, instruction, and guidance
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of the deceased’s financial support and services, including household services
  • Medical and funeral expenses paid by the survivors
  • Loss of the deceased’s companionship and protection

Net accumulations is another term to describe what the victim would have saved and passed down in his or her inheritance.  To calculate net accumulations, you look to the victim’s expected salary and other income, including pension benefits, and determine how much he or she would likely have saved to become part of the estate had he or she lived a normal life expectancy.

In some cases, plaintiffs in a wrongful death suit may be awarded punitive damages.  These damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and are reserved for car accidents involving extreme recklessness or intentional behavior. Attorney’s fees and interest can sometimes be pursued in addition to regular damages.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.: Assisting the Loved One of Deceased Accident Victims

            Losing a loved one in a car accident or other sort of accident involving negligence is devastating and inflicts great emotional as well as financial harm.  If your relative was killed 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 survivors and personal representatives in bringing wrongful action claims across South Florida.  Our experience and talent 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 skilled 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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Each year, about 4.5 million people across the nation will suffer dog bites.  These bites require 885,000 trips to emergency rooms and other medical centers.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30,000 people who are attacked by dogs will require reconstructive surgery every year.  Alarmingly, about half of all dog bite victims are children.

Most dogs are friendly and well trained, but a select few can be extremely vicious and may attack for what appears to be no reason at all.  A dog bite will often inflict serious damage, particularly in children.  Scarring, disfigurement, disease, hospitalization, and even death can result from a serious dog attack.  Our Miami personal injury lawyers have prepared a few tips on how to prevent bites and what you can do if a loved one is bitten:

  1. Keep Young Children Away from Strange Dogs: One of the most common dog attack scenarios involves young children approaching or attempting to play with dogs.  Young children may not understand when a dog is giving off warning signs to leave it alone, and some dogs are triggered by children running.  Teach children to stay away from dogs they do not know and always monitor children with even those dogs that you do know.
  2. Neuter Male Dogs: Statistics show that intact male dogs have the highest chance of biting.  As such, if you own a male dog be sure to neuter him as soon as he is old enough.
  3. Do Not Make Eye Contact With an Aggressive Seeming Dog: If you suspect that a dog may attack or is acting in an aggressive manner, do not scream or turn the other way and run.  This will provoke the dog to chase you.  Instead, avoid making eye contact with the dog and remain calm and still, with your hands by your side.  By doing this, you will decrease the chance that the dog decides to attack and the dog may lose interest in you and leave the scene.

What to Do If You or a Loved One is Bitten by a Dog

            It is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog.  Any puncture wound brings with it the possibility of infection and even seemingly minor bite wounds can result in serious bleeding.  A doctor will be able to assess the wound and provide the necessary medical care, which may include vaccinations for tetanus and antibiotics.

Once you have received the proper medical attention, you should seek the assistance of an experienced Florida dog bite attorney.  If the dog attacked you on the property of another or was vicious and on the loose, you may be able to hold the dog owner accountable for your injuries and damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.: Helping You and Your Family Stay Safe

            Dog attacks are some of the most frightening experiences imaginable.  Those who have experienced injuries at the hands of a dog will require immediate legal assistance, as medical bills and other expenses can quickly mount.  The Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. have assisted dog bite victims across South Florida for over 130 collective years.  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 personal injury case.  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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A graphic video was recently released to YouTube depicting a large dog biting a Florida woman’s face after she is drenched in cold water for the popular ice bucket challenge.  The user who posted the video claims that the dog, which she describes as a pit bull, attacked her mother last year without provocation while they were videotaping the ice bucket challenge.

The video begins with footage of small children throwing pans of water on the victim who is dressed in red and seated on a lawn chair.  The victim shouts and stands up.  Then the unthinkable happens.  From the right side of the camera, a large dog jumps up and grabs the woman by the face.  The woman is dragged to the ground by the dog.

Our Miami personal injury lawyers found that the poster of the video, YouTube user emaustin102387, stated that the dog belonged to her sister who kept it for breeding purposes.  The dog was euthanized after the attack.  The user revealed that the victim decided to wait several months before posting the video.  The end of the video depicts a picture of the victim with scars and stitches and an image of the dog.

Liability for Dog Attacks in Florida

            Across the U.S., about 4.5 million people will suffer dog bites every year, resulting in 885,000 trips to emergency rooms and urgent care centers.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 30,000 people who were attacked by dogs will need reconstructive surgery each year. Since about half of all dog bite victims are children, these statistics are distressing.

Dog bite victims in Florida may be able to recover for their losses associated with the attack, including medical expenses, lost wages, reconstructive surgery expenses, and more from the animal’s owner.

In Florida, a dog owner is strictly liable for the actions of their dog.  This means that the owner can be held accountable for injuries inflicted by the dog even if they had no knowledge of the dog’s dangerous propensities or the dog had no bite history.  The plaintiff will not generally have the burden of proof as to the defendant’s negligence.

There are some limitations to the strict liability theory.  Florida will apply the laws of comparative negligence.  As such, a dog owner might attempt to claim the victim played a role in the attack by provoking the dog or taking other like actions.  The actions of the victim must exceed mere mistake and be intentional or reckless in nature.  Only individuals over the age of six can be deemed partly responsible for the attack.  If the court finds the victim partly responsible, his or her recovery will be reduced accordingly.  A second exception is the “bad dog” exception.  If the incident occurs on the owner’s property and there is a clear sign that displays “beware of dog,” the court may not find liability if the victim is over the age of six.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.: Seeking Justice for Dog Bite Victims

            Dog attacks are traumatic for those involved, leaving lasting physical, emotional, and psychological scars.  If you or a loved one has been injured by an animal, the Miami Personal Injury Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. are here to help.  For over 130 collective years, we have assisted dog bite 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 us to put our skill and experience to work for you.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

 

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While much of the rest of the nation is digging out of inches of snow, we in South Florida are experiencing warm temperatures that usher in the start of spring.  Many Florida families are once again flocking to the pool or the beach, and while the start of spring is a time of excitement and fun, it is also important that Florida residents follow some vital water safety tips.  Consider the following:

Water Safety

            More children under the age of five die due to drowning in Florida than in any other state.  Florida is home to thousands of swimming pools, ranging from public and private pools to water parks, apartment complex pools, hotel pools, and more.  Our Miami personal injury lawyers report that each year, 1,000 children die by drowning in swimming pools.  Another 5,000 will be hospitalized due to pool-related accidents and incidents of near-drowning.

As the weather warms and your children are drawn to the water, it is important emphasize supervision and swim safety.  There are several steps that can prevent drowning deaths:

  • Barriers: A child should never be able to enter a pool without an adult.  Barriers must physically block the child from the pool.  Appropriate barriers can include:  installation of self-latching and self-closing gates, child-proof locks on doors, and door as well as pool alarms.  Pool covers can be used but only when professionally fitted to your pool.  A canvas covering not appropriately made for the pool can pose a drowning hazard, trapping the child in the water.
  • Supervision: Someone needs to be closely observing all children when they play in the pool, each and every time.  An appropriate adult must be focused on watching the children in the pool, which means no use of cell phones or engaging in distracting conversations.  Drowning can happen in just a few minutes. As such, when you are at the pool, designate a water watcher whose sole task will be keeping an eye on swimmers.
  • Swimming lessons: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children ages four and older learn to swim in order to prevent drowning.  It also encourages providing younger children with swim instruction.  Caregivers should ensure they can swim strongly as well.
  • Be prepared in the event of an emergency: The moment a child stops breathing, you have just minutes to resuscitate the child and save his or her life.  It is important that all parents or caregivers learn CPR.  CPR is easy to perform and can mean the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.  In a drowning emergency, it is critical also to have a phone nearby and to immediately call 911.

If your child has been injured or killed in a pool related accident, consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine your legal rights.

Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.:  Helping You and Your Family Stay Safe While Swimming

As we in South Florida enjoy this balmy weather, it is important to take necessary warm weather safety precautions.  Monitoring children around pools is one of the most important steps to take.  If you or a loved one is injured in any sort of accident, the Miami personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A are here to help.  Our attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience zealously fighting for the recovery of 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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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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