Articles Posted in Car Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries

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Car accidents can lead to a variety of serious injuries that could lead to chronic conditions.  One potential condition is known as fibromyalgia.  Few people fully the condition of fibromyalgia, even though it is believed to affect millions of Americans.  Most fibromyalgia sufferers are women, though researchers do not fully understand why this is.  Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating condition, impacting nearly every aspect of the sufferer’s life.  The constant pain and fatigue makes it difficult for many sufferers to maintain their employment, friendships, and family life.

At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, our car accident lawyers understand the considerable suffering experienced by those with fibromyalgia.  We also understand that much is misunderstood about this disorder and numerous misconceptions exist.  Studies show that those involved in an automobile accident have a chance of going on to develop fibromyalgia.  Continue reading →

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Our automobile accident attorneys are committed to assisting accident victims across South Florida.  We understand the extent to which a major car accident victim can impact your life.  This is especially true of devastating back injuries, which can result in lifelong paralysis.  Spinal cord injury lawsuits are intended to help accident victims receive compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.

Paraplegia

Paraplegia is defined as the loss of sensation and use of the lower extremities.  When a person suffers from paraplegia, he or she may be unable to walk and could find it difficult or impossible to turn at the waist.  The severity of the injury will depend upon the nature of the spinal cord injury, as well as the location of the injury.  Injuries to higher parts of the spinal cord will generally result in more widespread paralysis.  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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Nowadays, it is common to hear on the news about a person who was injured or died as a result of texting while driving. Specifically, texting while driving is a leading cause of accidents for teens and young adults, claiming thousands of lives each year across the U.S. The reason why it is so dangerous is that it reduces a driver’s ability to react in the same way as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers are 4 times more likely to be involved in an accident caused by texting while driving. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that reading a text message can take a driver’s eyes off the road for about 4.6 seconds. When going 55 miles per hour, this roughly equates to driving the entire length of a football field without looking where you are going.

In light of the above, it is important to realize that texting while driving is but one of many forms of distractions that can result in serious and fatal accidents. In 2011, over 3,300 people were killed in accidents caused by a distracted driver, including texting, with about 387,000 others who were badly injured. Our Miami car accident lawyers found a list of distractions that led to these accidents involved the following:
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Without a doubt, a car accident can be very distressing, even for the most careful drivers. In fact, for most people, an accident not only ruins their day, it can cause them to miss work or crucial appointments, and be forced to deal with damage to their vehicle, establishing fault, potential traffic violations, and even injuries in some unfortunate cases. However, the fact that people are often unprepared for auto accidents can make the situation even worse, sometimes causing unnecessary injuries and costly legal mistakes. Our Miami car accident lawyers know that with more than 2 million accidents involving injuries each year, being prepared for an accident is important. Accordingly, the following are some tips to consider should you be involved in a crash:

• Keep safety your number 1 priority. If you are in an accident, pull over to a safe place, if possible, to avoid being struck by other cars. If you cannot move your car to another location, remain in your vehicle with your seatbelts fastened until help arrives. Turn your hazard lights on and set out cones and/or flares (equip your car with these beforehand) so that you are visible to other drivers, including emergency personnel.
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Studies show that almost one out of every three car collisions occurs within a mile of the driver’s home, and that a staggering 70% of all car accidents occur within ten miles of at least one of the drivers’ homes. A recent Progressive Insurance survey corroborates these numbers, adding the caveat that the majority of these accidents tend to be relatively minor. Parking lot bump-ins at the local market, or backing into a neighbor’s car are among these types of less serious accidents. Therefore, while most people worry about having a car accident while on a busy freeway, or away on vacation, our Miami car accident lawyers understand that chances are, the accident they are worried about will happen much closer to home.

Why Miami Car Accidents Occur Close to Home

The phenomenon of accidents occurring close to home happens in part because most of us have a “comfort zone” which includes where we live, work, shop and take our children to school. For most people this comfort zone consists of approximately a ten-mile radius from their home. Unfortunately, the negative side of this zone is that we become so conditioned to driving the same routes day in and day out that we tend to be less alert than in an unfamiliar area. When we set out on vacation, we are likely driving roads which we have not driven before, or at least have not driven very often.

This means we are more focused on driving and more aware of the other drivers sharing the road. On the other hand, when we are driving to work–a route we have driven hundreds, maybe thousands of times–we let down our guard and tend to zone out rather than focusing on our actual driving skills. In many cases drivers even fail to buckle up, reasoning it is “just a few blocks away.” In the end, we are lulled into a false sense of security and are likely thinking about what we will cook for dinner or our children’s soccer game rather than the potential for an auto accident.

What are Your Chances of Being Involved in a Miami Car Accident?

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Over the past few years, there have been hundreds of car crashes caused by drivers driving on the wrong side of the road or going the wrong way in the interstate. The horrific crash several months ago when police chased a car the wrong way on Interstate 95 and four people died was a terrible reminder of the danger these accidents pose. Another high-profile wrong-way accident took place on the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York last month, killing one and making national news. The driver in that accident apparently was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

A wrong-way accident leads to serious injury and fatalities because of the high rate of speed and frontal impact. If you have been involved in a wrong-way collision, or any other vehicle accident, the experiences Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can help you get compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

A wrong-way accident happens when a driver travels in the on-coming traffic lane. These accidents usually involve head-on collisions or offset-frontal impacts when drivers swerve to avoid the wrong-way driver. However, since the drivers are traveling at each other at an extremely high rate of speed, avoiding the other vehicle is very difficult. These accidents lead to very serious injuries and fatalities are far too common.
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Accidents in Miami area parking lots are a serious problem. Parking lot accidents can leave pedestrians, many of them who are children or the elderly, severely and sometimes fatally injured. As such, our Miami car accident attorneys following offer some tips for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe in parking lots and also, steps to take if you are involved in such an accident:

• Drivers in parking lots are often preoccupied with getting into and out of parking spots. Their attention may be so focused on maneuvering that they may not see you or others who are walking with you in the parking lot. Many people immediately get on the cell phones once hey get into the car and don’t wait to make a call until after they have safely gotten out of te parking area. You can protect yourself from parking lot accidents by paying close attention to cars that are entering and leaving parking spaces so that you can see moving vehicles, even if the drivers may not see you.
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While you may not think that there are many wild animals in the Miami area, there are actually quite a few. Deer, bear, alligators, Florida panthers, and other creatures are an interesting sight to see – unless they are present in the road while you are driving. When animals wander into the road, they can cause serious, and sometimes deadly, car accidents. If someone you love has been killed or injured in a car accident involving an animal, you may not know what to do because an accident involving an animal is different than an accident involving another driver. There are things that you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from injury and financial damages, both before and after encountering wildlife on the roads in the Miami area. Our Miami car accident lawyers urge you to consider the following:
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The car industry is understandably proud of the advances that have been made in the design of vehicles and the increased safety features that protect drivers and passengers from accidents. However, regardless of the improvements, that moment when you are stopped at a stoplight or at a standstill on the Palmetto Expressway and suddenly your entire body feels the impact, with your neck snapping forward and then slamming back into the headrest, you know you are in trouble. If you have suffered serious harm in a rear end collision, the experienced Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano can assist you in getting the damages recovery to help you heal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not conducted a comprehensive study on head restraints and whiplash pathology since 1996, but the occurrence of whiplash and whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) remain serious consequences of many rear end accidents, with up to forty percent (40%) of whiplash sufferers experiencing long-term pain.

Whiplash can occur as the result of a rear end collision when the impacting vehicle is moving at a very low rate of speed, even if the driver or passenger in the vehicle being impacted did not experience significant forward extension of the neck. However, an accident victim often will experience the violent acceleration of the head and neck towards the windshield with an equally dramatic snap back against the headrest when the seatbelt stops the forward momentum.
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