Articles Posted in Car Accidents & Traumatic Brain 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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While many people assume that a permanent brain injury is an obscure event that only happens to other people, statistical research reveals this debilitating form of injury is far too common.  Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that head injuries constitute the leading cause of death in young adults and children.  Further, head injuries account for 44 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.  Over 1.5 million Americans sustain head injuries every year with 80,000 of those injuries resulting in irreversible damage.

The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is auto accidents followed closely by bicycle or motorcycle accidents, falls, and sports-related accidents. After a person has sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, it is not always immediately apparent how extensive the damage really is until some time has elapsed, and medical tests and evaluations have been conducted.  The outside of the head may look fairly normal and mask serious internal damage.  Nonetheless, the brain may have extensive internal bleeding or the skull might be fractured. 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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On Thursday, July 30, a pedestrian was killed in a fatal hit and run accident in Miami. Miami police report that the driver struck a man on Biscayne Boulevard near Northeast Fourth Street.  The cab itself was later found further down Biscayne Boulevard.  Police found luggage in the street near the accident that is believed to belong to the victim.  The driver works for Yellow Cab Company and has retained an attorney following the accident.  His name is not yet being revealed, but his attorney has reached out to news outlets and claims his client is innocent.  The driver, he states, does not have a criminal record and did not cause the accident.  Police are investigating the matter and ask that anyone with information come forward.

What to Do When Involved in a Taxi Cab Related Accident

Taxi cabs are a common mode of transportation in South Florida.  Taxis can offer reliable transportation for visitors and provide a safe means of transport for intoxicated drivers.  However, aggressive taxi drivers increase the rate of taxi cab accidents in MiamiTaxi cab drivers have been known to be involved in the following types of accidents:

  • Collisions with other cars
  • Collisions with trucks
  • Rear end accidents
  • Head on accidents
  • Accidents with bicyclists
  • Accidents with pedestrians

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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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