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Our car accident lawyers understand that being involved in a car accident can be a frightening experience.  It is even scarier if your children are in the car with you.  Whether they are in a booster seat or sitting in the passenger seat, kids are prone to injury in the event of an accident.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children across the country.  Children that do survive a car accident can still suffer severe injuries.

The most common injuries suffered by children during a car accident include:

  • Head injuries, namely concussions
  • Back injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Organ injury

Children may also suffer an array of cuts, bruises, and head fractures in a car accident, even if they are secured in a car seat.  Given their small size and stature, younger children have vulnerable heads and necks, and the impact of the crash can result in devastating injuries to these parts of the body.  Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous of all car accidents, leaving children of all ages at risk of injury.  Continue reading →

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When injured accident victims come to us, they will be welcomed by strong advocates for their legal rights. Our motorcycle accident lawyers fight diligently for our injured clients, seeking full compensation for their serious injuries sustained in any sort of accident.  Many of our clients are injured in motorcycle accidents.  These crashes can lead to devastating injuries, leaving accident victims struggling under massive medical bills, forced time off work, and longer medical expenses.

Motorcyclists Are Vulnerable to Injury

Motorcyclists are more at risk of injury that other road users.  Motorcycles do not afford their drivers with the same level of protection as cars and trucks.  Motorcyclists are exposed to the elements around them and when they are involved in an accident, whether it is a single vehicle or multi-vehicle crash, they have a high probability of sustaining lasting injuries.  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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Side impact crashes are some of the most serious of all car accidents.  Often, the drivers and passengers involved in these accidents do not even see the impact coming.  T-bone crashes can occur due to a wide variety of circumstances, including failure to yield, failure to stop at a traffic signal, speeding, improper left turns, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and driver distraction.

Side Impact Crashes Continue to Inflict Devastating Injuries

Vehicles have gotten safer over the past decade, but side impact crashes are still among the most dangerous of all accidents.  Side impact airbags have become widely implemented in automobiles, but these airbags fail to provide the same level of protection as front airbags.  In fact, seat belts remain the best defense against side impact injuries. Side impact airbags will certainly assist in the event of an accident, but should never be seen as a substitute for wearing your seat belt.  Continue reading →

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Being ejected from your vehicle during a car accident can result in some of the most severe injuries of all time.  This is why it is critical for everyone to wear a seat belt each and every time they get in a motor vehicle.  However, sometimes people forget and devastating accidents involving ejection injuries do occur.  Not wearing your seat belt leaves you susceptible to a host of injuries, and at times even those wearing a seat belt can be ejected during a crash.  Below we take a closer look at some of the most common injuries caused by ejection during an accident.

Causes of Car Ejections

The most common cause of ejection is not wearing a seat belt. Drivers or passengers who fail to wear a seat belt may be thrown forward through the windshield due to the force of the accident.  A person can also be ejected through the side window or out a car door during a serious crash.  Some common factors that can cause or contribute to an ejection include: Continue reading →

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Distracted driving has reached epidemic proportions and it appears to only be getting worse.  A survey recently conducted by State Farm reveals that drivers continue to text and drive at higher rates, and are now accessing the internet while driving at twice the rate they were in 2009.  Interestingly, even drivers who admit to smartphone use while driving state that they believe distracted driving laws should be strengthened.  Improving laws so as to provide greater legal deterrents would, they report, lead to diminished cell phone use.

Texting and Driving in Florida is a Secondary Offense

In the state of Florida, we do have laws in place banning texting and driving.  However, these laws make texting while driving a secondary offense.  This means that in order to cite a driver for texting while driving, police officers would need to pull the driver over for something else first.  Secondary laws make it difficult for police officers to truly enforce a texting ban because so many drivers will not have committed another offense that allows the officer to stop them.  Continue reading →

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Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) surprised many by formally recommending the installation of seat belts on school buses.  This issue has been debated for years and the NHTSA used its public message to make it clear on where it stood on the installation of three seat belts on school buses.  The NHTSA administrator stated recently that children across the country should be protected by seat belts while traveling to school.  Currently, just six states require the use of seat belts in school buses, though some individual school districts have elected to install seat belts on their own accord. Florida has already passed laws requiring the installation of seat belts on large school buses, though there are some exceptions to the law.

The NHTSA has vowed to take any necessary measures to push for the installation of seat belts in buses.  It intends to launch a series of steps designed to increase the installation of seat belts, including new research, funding, and eventually a state wide mandate. Our personal injury lawyers believe this is an important step forward in school bus safety and hope that with the NHTSA’s formal support for a seat belt mandate, school districts across the country will take action to ensure the safety of our nation’s children. Continue reading →

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Our car accident attorneys report on a recent news story where a California police officer had quite a surprise when he pulled over a car, only to find no driver inside.  The Mountain View, California police officer stopped one of Google’s self-driving cars for traveling too slowly.  The car was apparently traveling at 24 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.  Traffic had backed up behind the slow moving vehicle.  As the officer approached the car, he realized it was one of Google’s self-driving vehicles.  Although the car had no driver, it did have a passenger.  The officer asked the passenger how the car selected its speed and informed the passenger as to a section of the legal code that relates to impeding traffic.

The Google Self-Driving Car Project admitted that the car was driving slow, noting that none of the vehicles have ever been ticketed.  Company spokespersons explained that the smart cars have been capped at speeds of 25 miles per hour for safety reasons and so that the public views the vehicles as friendly, not zooming, potentially frightening vehicles.  Ultimately, the officer found the car had not broken the law and no ticket was issued.  Continue reading →

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Statistics show that “selfie-related” accidents have killed twice as many people around the world as unprovoked shark attacks.  The Conde Nast Traveler reported in September that at least 11 people have died in selfie-related accidents, while only eight died in shark attacks.  This tally has recently increased after a tourist died trying to snap a selfie at the Taj Mahal, falling fatally down a long flight of stairs.

A selfie is a self-photograph, generally taken with a cell phone camera by either holding it by hand or using a selfie stick.  The selfie phenomenon has taken off in recent years and while it is generally harmless, it can be dangerous when individuals attempt to take selfies in unsafe places or while driving.  The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are saddened to hear of these preventable deaths and hope that with increased education as to the potential dangers of taking photographs in certain situations, these accidents will decrease. Continue reading →

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Daylight savings time recently ended and most of the United States “fell back” one hour.  Unfortunately, the time change brings about an increased risk for automobile and pedestrian accidents according to statistics found by our Miami personal injury attorneys.  Many drivers have a hard time adjusting to this annual time change, which brings new low light and dark conditions in the evening hours.

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) cautions drivers to be more alert and use extra caution as the sun sets earlier during evening commutes.  The hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. are extremely dangerous once daylight savings time ends because drivers are faced with at times heavy traffic, along with decreased visibility and reduced reaction time and awareness.  As dusk now falls during the busiest commute hours, drivers are more likely to become careless or drowsy.  Darkness is one of the leading causes of pedestrian and automobile accidents, making it no surprise that the time change can bring about more accidents. Continue reading →

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