Browsing: Safety

Feeling the heat: Ft Lauderdale personal injury attorneys give advice to prevent car breakdowns.   Have your tires needed air over the past few weeks with the onslaught of hot weather? Tire pressure is just one of the items drivers must pay attention to when the temperatures rise, to avoid emergency situations on South Florida’s busy highways. Personal injury doesn’t only occur as a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle – innocent bystanders can also be harmed. If you’ve ever needed to pull over on a busy road to make emergency repairs, or to await a tow truck or other emergency vehicle, chances are you know too well the whoosh of air against you from the speeding cars as they pass. A vehicle losing control and crashing into your car, and injuring you in the process, is something that…

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Personal injury preventative measures can help keep children safe in Fort Lauderdale If you’re a parent in South Florida, any potential personal injury to your children should concern you; indeed, personal injury for a child is probably inevitable. We’ve focused a prior discussion on playground safety; this time, we’re focusing on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety for children, starting with car accidents. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) reports that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children, citing these statistics: While crash deaths have decreased in the past decade, with a 43 percent drop, still more than 650 children age 12 and under died in crashes in 2011. One in 3 children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up. In fact, in the instances in which children were not secured in their…

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Be aware of stopped vehicles on Fort Lauderdale’s roads To ring in 2017 and caution safety in the new year, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles posted a very important warning to drivers (https://www.flhsmv.gov/2017/01/03/law-move-florida/) on the importance of moving over in the event of stopped vehicles from car crashes or other emergencies on the road. Moving over from the lane closest to the emergency protects law enforcement, first responders and service vehicles and prevents further car crashes and personal injury. The (DHSMV) has posted a reminder to motorists to Move Over for stopped law enforcement, first responders, service and utility vehicles and Road Rangers during its second annual Move Over, Florida! campaign. According to the website, in 2016, there were more than 200 crashes that occurred and 5,518 citations issued for failure to move over in Florida…

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…Holiday Travel Equals Defensive Driving to avoid personal injury AAA published a news release on Dec. 15 that more than 103 million Americans – the most on record – are expected to participate in holiday travel for the 2016 year-end holidays. “This represents a 1.5 percent increase, or 1.5 million more people traveling, compared with last year,” according to the statement. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Friday, December 23, to Monday, January 2, 2017. AAA expects to rescue more than 980,000 motorists over this holiday travel period, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. Are you out driving during the next week? Be sure to check windshield wipers and inspect tires. Pack an emergency kit containing a flashlight, jumper cables, warning devices, a few snacks and water in case of a breakdown When…

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A distraction that can cause serious personal injury: Road Rage This is the time of year in which traffic is not the only thing rampant on the roads – drivers are facing multiple distractions, from issues with jobs, family and juggling holiday events to internal distractions in their cars, chiefly, phones. But there is another distraction that can hurt drivers and passengers just as much as texting on a cell phone at 70 miles per hour: Road Rage. According to research, drivers who are in the throes of an emotional problem are facing a distraction level “even more serious than those experienced by cell phone users,” according to the website dmv.org. DMV.org says that these negative emotions can cause otherwise excellent drivers to: Experience dimmed or otherwise impaired observation and reaction times. Fail to recognize situations, such as an abrupt…

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 Be practical and smart to avoid personal injury during Thanksgiving Are you traveling for Thanksgiving? According to AAA, 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. “This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007,” according to the article on www.aaa.com. AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.” AAA cites improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence, as the reason for the increased travel. “And despite recent incremental increases in the national average price of gasoline, AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $28 billion so far at the pumps this year compared to…

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It’s back-to-school time in South Florida – more traffic on the roads, including school buses, more bicycles and pedestrians on the sidewalks, and more probability for incidents of personal injury. As everyone wakes up from the lull of summer break, it may take time to get back to a routine: days of slumber are replaced with early mornings, long stretches without a schedule are giving way to adhering to deadlines. The hours of not caring are now spent in school activities. Everyone is waking up and adjusting to a new fall routine. As people get into their cars and take to the roads during the rush hours, they also have to get used to arriving to school on time – something that has not been an issue in a few months, and struggling with red lights and other drivers on…

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It’s not uncommon to find yourself out on the road under less than desirable conditions, both physically and mentally. You’ve had a tough day, you’re tired, you have worries on your mind. The car is making weird noises. Every driver next to you or in front of you is a potential irritant.  This all could lead to driving mistakes. This is particularly the case with teenage drivers, who have not yet the full cognitive or emotional abilities to cope with many challenges facing them as they drive. But for safety’s sake, driving should be anything but common. Personal injury from driver error, or from the weather or an unsafe vehicle, can lead to a lifetime of health issues. All drivers should review the most common driving mistakes so as not to take anything for granted. In addition, it is especially…

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Driving for some is simple; for others, not so easy. The key to navigating the Fort Lauderdale’s roads is defensive driving – always know that someone will be making a U-turn on the opposite side of the road at the same time you are turning, and that lane-switching is at times a race that rivals the Daytona 500. To make your driving experience in Fort Lauderdale as easy – and safe – as possible, www.visitflorida.com to view driving tips. With people coming in from the north to enjoy the winter in South Florida, it’s wise for both out-of-towners and locals to take a minute to re-educate on the rules of the road, and avoid a car accident that could lead to personal injury. How well do you know some of the basic driving laws to keep safe on Fort Lauderdale’s roads?…

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