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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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On any given day, you and your family will likely walk through a parking lot.  Parking lots are everywhere and provide essential parking close to your favorite stores, attractions, and more.  While generally no harm will befall you when walking or driving in a parking lot, on occasion, parking lot accidents can occur.  Last year, a parking lot accident turned fatal when an older woman trying to back out of a space hit a group of people, killing three of them.  Our Miami pedestrian accident attorneys have found a report, released by the Florida Highway Patrol, that states the 79 year old driver was backing out of a parking spot in a Chevrolet Tahoe when she kept going and rammed the group of pedestrians.  Three died as a result of their extensive injuries.

A Fort Lauderdale accident the year prior killed two men.  A young woman who was intoxicated at the time of the crash killed two homeless men.  She failed to negotiate a turn and drove into a parking lot, striking the men that had been sitting there.

The Miami pedestrian accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano have assisted in a number of parking lot accidents, some involving pedestrian accidents and others involving multiple vehicles.  Pedestrian accidents are among the most serious of parking lot accidents.  The following is a look at some parking lot safety tips designed to keep you and your family safe while parking or walking in a parking lot. Continue reading →

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Our Miami personal injury attorneys report that State Representative Greg Steube, a Republican from Sarasota, has filed legislation that could change Florida’s laws concerning serious dog bites.  The bill comes in response to a case arising out of Bradenton involving a dog named Padi.  Padi, a Labrador mix, bit off part of a child’s ear over the summer.  He was condemned to euthanasia under Florida’s current law that requires all dogs that inflict serious injury to another person be put to sleep.  No exceptions exist under the law.  Many were outraged by the law’s implications for Padi due to the circumstances of the attack.  Apparently, Padi was in his owner’s office when a child, under the care of a babysitter, entered and began throwing toys at the dog.  Accounts differ from here, with some believing the child lunged at Padi and others saying he went to grab a toy near the dog.  In either case, the incident raised further awareness as to the plight of dogs that bite.

Steube’s bill would offer exceptions in the event the person injured was unlawfully on the property or was abusing the dog.  The bill would not actually help Padi, whose case is currently before a local court and could move to the court of appeal.

Dog Bites and Strict Liability in Florida

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Chain reaction crashes” are an unfortunate common event on many Florida roadways.  Over the summer, a chain reaction accident on I-75 in Pembroke Pines claimed the lives of two people, including a high school graduate.  Investigators report that a tractor trailer loaded with concrete was pulling out onto the highway when a vehicle collided with it and traveled underneath.  The car was torn apart as it continued under the truck until it finally ran off the road.  A second car then collided with the truck, causing concrete to fall out of its back.

The Dangers of Chain Reaction Accidents

While any car accident can be serious, multiple vehicle accidents hold the potential for fatal or severe injuries.  Thousands of people are killed annually in chain reaction crashes across the country.  It is believed that nearly half of all traffic fatalities are the result of multiple vehicle accidents.  Continue reading →

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A road ranger was killed while attempting to move a stalled vehicle in Miami.  Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike in Miami-Dade County.  Specifically, the 47 year old road ranger was slowing down traffic so that he could bring the stalled vehicle across the road and off to the shoulder.  A dump truck was unable to slow down in time and struck the ranger, who attempted to move out of the way, but was unable.

Road rangers provide free highway assistance to those experiencing issues on the highway.  They help to improve safety and reduce delays.  The loss of a long term road ranger in an accident such as this is tragic.  The Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano offer the following look at Move Over laws and what you should do in the event you see a road ranger attempting to assist someone.  It is our hope that if more people understand the Move Over laws, emergency personnel will stay safe while offering aid.  Continue reading →

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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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