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In September, a wrong way crash on Interstate 95 killed two sisters from Broward County.  Now, the driver is being charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a license causing death.  The accident killed 23 and 24 year old sisters from Pompano Beach who were driving home from Walt Disney World.  Authorities report that the driver headed north on southbound I-95, colliding with the sisters’ car.  Records show the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano are aware of several major wrong way accidents that have occurred in the South Florida area in recent months.  We hope that this alarming trend does not continue and support the use of innovative measures to prevent wrong way accidents, such as wrong way signs triggered by wrong way vehicles and poles to block wrong way cars. Continue reading →

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A fatal car accident has devastated one Southwest Florida community and left two families reeling.  Florida Highway Patrol officials report that a 17 year old and a 15 year old friend were riding in a Mercedes when the teen driver failed to negotiate a curve.  The car struck a median and the sheer impact of the crash caused the rear of the vehicle to actually separate from the front.  Half of the car traveled into the northbound lanes while the separated half moved into the southbound lanes.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted numerous families who lost teens and children in preventable accidents. We have witnessed the devastation experienced by these grieving parents and family members.  To help prevent accidents such as this one and so many others like it, we offer some tips for teaching your teen how to drive and methods for ensuring they become a safe driver. Continue reading →

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Our Miami aircraft disaster lawyers discuss a plane accident that occurred in Ohio recently and claimed the lives of nine individuals from the South Florida area.  The chartered plane departed from Fort Lauderdale, and stopped in St. Paul, Minnesota and Moline, Illinois before landing in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The plane then departed from Cincinnati and stopped in Dayton.  As it approached the Akron Fulton International airport, it suddenly crashed.  The 10 seat plane hit utility wires and the left wing hit the ground before crashing into a four unit apartment building, sparking a fire that burned down the building.  Fortunately, no one was home in any of the buildings.  Sadly, everyone aboard the plane perished in the crash.  Plane crash victims include two executives and five employees from Pebb Enterprises, a real estate development company based out of Boca Raton.

Investigators are now trying to determine the cause of the fatal crash that has left the local community reeling.  The National Transportation Safety Board recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the crash which revealed that the pilots did not radio for help prior to crashing.  Continue reading →

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A horrifying video has been released showing two young men speeding to their deaths.  The 21 year old passenger filmed his 20 year old friend while driving.  The passenger tells the driver on the video to slow down because he is doing 90 mph.  Minutes later, the vehicle loses control and crashes into a church wall, killing both men instantly.  The video emerged out of East Sussex and was released by local police, with permission from the families of these young men.  The pair were apparently on a cocktail of drugs at the time of the accident.  One of the men leaves behind a five year old daughter.  The families of these deceased individuals are hoping that the video footage will have an impact on young people and will cause others to think twice before ingesting drugs and driving.

The Miami car accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano are shocked by this horrific video and join in the hope that it will raise awareness as to the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  The following is a look at some facts surrounding drugged driving and what you should do in the event you are injured by a driver who is potentially under the influence of drugs.

The Dangers of Drugged Driving

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Our Miami personal injury lawyers report a North Naples construction worker has died in a workplace accident after being crushed by a bulldozer.  The 21 year old employee was working at EHC Construction when a bulldozer fell on top of him.  He was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died due to his injuries.  EHC is currently working with authorities to uncover what happened and how it can prevent like accidents from occurring in the future.

Construction Workers Are At Serious Risk of Injury or Death

The construction industry is notoriously dangerous.  The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that close to 5,000 workers were killed on the job in the year 2013.  About 88 construction employees are killed each week and 12 perish in accidents every day.  About 20 percent of all employee deaths, or one in five, occurred in the construction industry.

Falls are one of the primary causes of construction site injuries and deaths.  Some other common causes include being struck by objects, trapped between objects, and electrocutions.  These are considered the four primary causes of construction accidents or the so-called “Fatal Four.”  These four accident types cause about half of all injuries and deaths in the construction industry.

Some of the most common types of construction site accidents include: Continue reading →

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Recently, a crash in Miami left eight students and a driver trapped inside an overturned van.  Several Miami high school students are being hailed as heroes after taking quick action to help those inside.  The students, who had been on their way to lunch, ran up to the vehicle and broke a window using a rock.  They jumped into action when they witnessed a van on its side and another vehicle in poor condition.  Two of the students inside the van were in critical condition and the driver of the other vehicle did not survive the crash.  It is unclear as of now what caused the accident, but one thing is certain—the quick actions of the high school students helped to save lives that day.  The victims of the accident will now need to seek the assistance of a licensed Miami car accident lawyer.

Steps to Take if You Witness a Car Crash

If you are unfortunate enough to witness a bad car accident, you should stop and identify yourself as a witness to the accident.  Although it may be inconvenient, your eyewitness account could greatly impact the outcome of the accident.  You will need to provide your information and a statement.  Here are some additional steps our Miami auto accident lawyers recommend that you take if you witness or are involved in an accident: Continue reading →

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An employee at a Las Vegas cryotherapy center was found dead.  Coroners determined that she died as a result of suffocation in the cryotherapy chamber, which is cooled by liquid nitrogen.  The 24 year old perished due to low oxygen levels imposed by the extremely low temperatures produced in the chamber.

This death has drawn scrutiny to cryotherapy, which has gained in popularity in recent years and can be found across South Florida.  The personal injury attorneys of Greenberg, Stone and Urbano are concerned by this recent fatality and the general lack of regulation surrounding the industry.

Proponents of cryotherapy claim that it reduces pain and inflammation, helps with weight loss, aids blood flow, and improves skin and signs of aging, as well as improving the mental state of some depression sufferers. The cryotherapy chambers themselves expose people to extraordinarily low temperatures, below those experienced on Earth.  These ultra-low temperatures can reach -200 to -319 degrees Fahrenheit.  The cryotherapy customer is exposed to these temperatures for about one and a half to three minutes.  Continue reading →

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Our Miami car accident attorneys report on a recent and horrific crash in Miami that killed one and sent seven others to the hospital.  The accident occurred when one vehicle was making a left hand turn and another was headed straight on Northwest Seventh Street.  One vehicle was left on its side from the force of the collision.  Miami Fire Rescue vehicles rushed to the scene and a total of eight people were transported to the hospital.  Two of those transported included an elderly couple.  The older man driving the Nissan that was making a left hand turn died at the hospital.  Six teenagers, ranging in age from 17 to 19, were also transported, with two being severely injured.

Personal Injury Claims

If you are injured in an accident and believe the other driver or drivers acted in a negligent manner to cause it, you can file a personal injury claim.  Typically, personal injury victims can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering stemming from the accident.  Accident victims who are seriously injured in an accident and will experience long term disability or other effects due to their injuries could be entitled to additional compensation.  Disabled accident victims may receive long term future medical expenses, loss of income for future years, rehabilitation expenses, and more.  Those injured in a car accident will need to seek the assistance of an experienced Miami car accident attorney who will evaluate their injuries and determine the best course of action to recover the funds you deserve. Continue reading →

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Our Miami car accident attorneys discuss a speed related accident that recently claimed the life of a bicyclist and killed the driver on Northwest 12th Avenue.  The accident happened in the evening hours when a black Infiniti was traveling down Northwest 12th Avenue at an excessive rate of speed.  The Infiniti entered the intersection at Northwest 54th Street, where it struck a cyclist, still traveling fast.  The speeding vehicle dragged the body of the cyclist for a block before it struck a tree and exploded, killing the driver inside.  Witnesses attempted to assist the accident victims, but the flames were too immense.  Emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the accident and pronounced both the cyclist and the driver deceased.

Dangers of Speeding While Driving

The dangers of speeding are well known to most drivers.  Drivers who speed face large tickets from law enforcement officers, but even more seriously face the potential of causing an accident.  Speeding can cost lives and inflict severe injuries, along with property damage and other incidental damages.  Speeding is never justified and no reason for exceeding the speed limit is worth the potential costs.  Continue reading →

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Recently, the mother of a 19 year old received frightening texts that no mother would ever imagine.  Her son, who was staying with an Airbnb host in Madrid, sent her urgent text messages stating that his host had locked him into his bedroom in the fourth floor apartment where he was staying.  The host remained in the apartment and allegedly rattled knives around and pressed him to submit to a sexual act.  He begged his mother to help him.

His mother called Airbnb and its employees refused to provide her with the address of the apartment and would not call police.  Instead, they gave her the number of the Madrid police and said they would release to the address to the officer who called.  The 19 year old did manage to escape from the room, but claims he was sexually assaulted.  The host has denied all allegations.

This incident is the most recent in a series of alarming reports stemming from the popular in home, hostel service.  Several months ago, our Miami personal injury lawyers discovered a United States citizen in Argentina was severely injured when the host’s large dog attacked him.  Continue reading →

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