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South Florida and Miami in particular is known for having times of heavy traffic.  This bustling area draws thousands of tourists each year and is home year round to over five million people.  With so many people living and working in South Florida, the roadways and highways can become congested.  Early morning and evening hours will often result in stop and go traffic as people rush to and from the office, beaches, or other popular destinations.

Stop and Go Traffic Creates Serious Hazards

Stop and go traffic can present considerable dangers.  It requires that drivers pay close attention to the road ahead and constantly adjust their speed accordingly.  If a driver becomes distracted, a serious or even chain reaction accident may occur.  Your life and the safety of those around you depend upon your focus and safe driving when faced with congested roadways.  The following is a list of safety tips from our personal injury lawyers in Miami for those driving in stop and go traffic: Continue reading →

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Police are on the lookout for a driver who hit a man riding a scooter and carried him on the trunk before he fell to his death.  Officials report that a man was riding his scooter at about 1:50 a.m. near downtown Miami when the driver in a silver Mazda ran a red light and hit the scooter.  The victim was knocked onto the trunk of the vehicle where he remained as the car kept on driving towards Interstate 95.  He eventually fell off the truck and died as a result of his injuries.  Police immediately began a search effort for the driver and it is hoped his identity will be uncovered shortly.

Hit and Run Accident Cases are on the Rise

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, hit and run crashes in Florida have increased close to 25 percent.  Today, one in four cashes in the state is a hit and run and over 80,000 hit and run accidents occurred in 2014. About half of these accidents involve pedestrians, but accidents with bicyclists have increased significantly.  The causes of hit and run accidents in Miami are varied, but it is often alcohol use and fear of criminal charges that prevent a person from stopping at the scene of a crash. Continue reading →

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Our Miami personal injury attorneys report that Rapper Rick Ross recently found himself in additional legal trouble.  A man who visited their family home in Miami Gardens is suing Ross and his mother.  The visitor allegedly tripped on the rail of the property’s iron gate back in 2011.  He claims to have suffered tremendous pain and suffering when he fell, according to his lawsuit filed in Broward County. Ross and his mother have stated they were not on the property at the time of the fall and in fact, the property was then being rented to tenants.  The slip and fall victim is requesting $15,000 in damages.

Florida Slip and Fall Law Basics

The term slip and fall covers an array of accidents.  Generally, slip and fall refers to anytime someone loses their footing, falls, and sustains injuries while on the property of another. There are several types of slip and fall accidents, including:

  • Slip and fall—when a slippery liquid or object causes someone to fall
  • Trip and fall—when a person trips on an object in their way or on an uneven surface
  • Step and fall—falls caused by holes or low spots on the pavement

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A teen died and five others were injured when 13 foot boat crashed into a bridge in Wilton Manors.  The boating accident occurred around midnight when a boat holding six teens slammed into a bridge.  Witnesses report that the teens were traveling at a high rate of speed and likely could not stop in time.  Authorities arrived at the scene of the accident to uncover the boat wedged under the low lying bridge that also had several drains going across it.  One of the teens was killed in the accident, while five were injured.  All accident victims are under the age of 18.

Witnesses have stated that there are no lights around the area of the bridge at night and it is likely the teens never saw it coming.  The high school senior that perished in the accident was well known for his love of fishing and boating.  At least one of the injured teens will face a long road to recovery as he fractured his spine, along with other injuries.  Two others were listed as in critical condition. Continue reading →

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A harrowing accident sent a car carrying a mother and her two young children crashing into several trees, a fence, and into a pool.  The Mazda 3 was struck by an Acura after the driver of the Acura reportedly did not make a proper stop.  The driver of the Mazda veered off the road, hitting two trees, running through a fence, and finally landing in a pool.  A quick acting Good Samaritan pulled the two children, ages 6 and 8, to safety while the mother escaped through the sunroof.  The Good Samaritan is being hailed as a hero by the mother and witnesses to the accident.

How to be a Good Samaritan

Good Samaritans save lives by acting fast after they witness a car accident. The following is a look at the steps you can take to become a Good Samaritan. While all situations are unique, our Miami car accident lawyers offer these general steps will help give victims the best possible aid while keeping you safe.  When you are at the scene of a car accident: Continue reading →

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Recently, a Miami police officer was hit by a car while attempting to assist in a crash on I-95.  The officer responded to the scene of an accident at about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 3.  The officer was in his patrol car when a vehicle suddenly hit him.  He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated for injuries and later discharged.  It is unclear at this time whether the driver of the crash will be charged.

Florida’s Move Over Law

Florida’s Move Over Law requires that you move over to another lane or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when you see a Florida Highway Patrol officer, other police officer, emergency vehicle, tow truck, or utility vehicle stationed on the side of the road and performing work duties.  The law is intended to keep officers and other road workers safe from passing vehicles.  Continue reading →

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Broward County recently drafted and threatened to file a lawsuit against ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft if they continued to operate in an illegal manner in the county.  In a warning letter disbursed to Uber and Lyft, the County warned against drivers picking up passengers at the airport, port, or anywhere else in Broward County.  Uber and its competitor Lyft have announced that they will withdraw from the Broward County market and no longer accept passengers in this area.  However, in the warning letter issued by the county, Uber and Lyft drivers were warned not to even drop off passengers in Broward who were picked up in other counties. This, the county attorney claims, is still a violation of Broward County regulations.

The county has stated that it hopes Uber and Lyft will move forward with filing applications that would allow them to operate legally in the county.  As of now, the county is concerned with both company’s lack of substantial background checks and insufficient insurance that does not meet state requirements.   Continue reading →

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School is not yet in session for the school, but already a major bus accident has resulted in injuries to several students in northern Florida.  Two school buses collided while transporting campers to the Jacksonville Zoo. The buses were following one another when the accident occurred.  Nine people, including six children, were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  This incident is reminiscent of last year’s several school bus accidents that happened in South Florida. Broward County was the site of quite a few school bus accidents last spring and a West Palm girl was dragged by a school bus for several feet.

As the start of the school year is rapidly approaching, now is the time to review school bus safety tips to help ensure your child stays safe.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding the bus is the safest mode of transportation for school age children traveling to and from school.  However, our Miami personal injury lawyers would like to provide you with some safety tips that can help to avoid accidents.  The greatest risk in riding the school bus is the time period when children are approaching or leaving the bus.  Children must be careful in the area 10 feet behind, in front, and by the side of the bus.  Here are some important safety rules your child should observe: Continue reading →

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A motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with critical injuries following a serious crash on Biscayne Boulevard on Monday, August 3. The accident involved a motorcycle and a Volkswagen sedan.  Police report that at about 7 p.m. on Biscayne Boulevard and 39th Street, the motorcycle and the sedan collided for reasons currently unknown.  The motorcyclist was rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center.

Motorcycle Accidents Frequently Result in Serious Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.  This can be explained by the size and build of the motorcycle.  Motorcycles themselves offer no protection against head injuries to the ride or passenger.  Ejection from the motorcycle is the most common cause of serious injuries.  If the motorcycle comes to a sudden stop due to hitting another vehicle, the rider and/or passenger is often ejected from the motorcycle and may collided with another object and the ground.  Continue reading →

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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reports that a driver is dead after losing control of his vehicle and running into a tree on Friday, July 31.  The accident occurred at about 8:22 p.m. in Deerfield Beach.  Investigators believe the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when his vehicle suddenly jumped the curb and hit a tree.  Witnesses report that the engine of the car caught fire shortly after the crash.  They pulled the driver out of the fiery vehicle before it became surrounded by flames.  Broward Sheriff Fire and Rescue appeared rapidly at the scene and attempted to save the man’s life, but he was sadly declared dead at the scene of the accident.

A Look at Single Vehicle Accidents

Miami car accident lawyers know how single vehicle accidents cause thousands of deaths per year.  These accidents are varied and can result from a number of different scenarios, but some common circumstances seem to cause the vast majority of single vehicle accidents annually.  These factors include: Continue reading →

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