Never Multitask While Driving – Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Driving while multitasking can be extremely dangerous especially if you're navigating an unfamiliar route or driving through a big city. Driving requires almost all the brain participation to focus on the road. However, most drivers don't know the risks involved when driving while texting or talking on the phone. Some even go to the extent of eating or applying makeup while in control of their motor vehicle. The Hazards of Distracted Driving Out on the road, your brain has to process a lot of visual information, coordinate the movement of your hands and feet, and at the same time, watch out on other careless drivers. Therefore, a single distraction like texting can put your life on the line. According to some of the statistics, 15% of all fatal road accidents happen as a result of distracted driving. No wonder it is becoming risky to travel on our roads...with the increasing number of young drivers who have a strong urge to multitasking and driving aggressively. Dangers of Using Cellphone While Driving...

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Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Accidents Involving Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities. In fact, it is not only illegal but also exposes other road users to motor vehicle accidents. In the United States alone 1 person is killed every 30 minutes in an alcohol-related motor vehicle accident. It is heart-breaking that every day, lives are lost in preventable deaths in road traffic crashes. The most surprising thing about alcohol-impaired drivers is that they still manage to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol at a bar or nightclub. In response to cases of drunk driving, quite a number of states have passed laws to prevent people from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. If you plan on drinking, make sure you ask someone to drive you home safely. Also, you can call a taxi or take a bus. The most important thing here is to avoid driving while under the influence. By doing so, you will protect yourself and others. Preventive Measures Some of...

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Is the Truck Driver or Trucking Company Liable for My Accident?

Accidents that involve commercial trucks can result in serious injuries and have long-term consequences on victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured by a commercial truck and you feel like the truck driver or trucking company is liable, there’s a lot to learn on the laws that cover truck accidents. Did the truck driver disregard state or federal laws? There are certain state and federal regulations that determine how truck drivers should conduct their work. If it is found that the driver did not follow any of these regulations that apply to their work, they could be held liable for any injuries sustained. For instance, commercial truck drivers are required to have proper licensing, any violations could impact on your case. Other laws such as how long the truck driver is required to work and then take a break can also impact on your case. The most common regulation which commercial truck drivers must follow is the maximum weight limit. The maximum weight is...

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4 of the most Dangerous Types of Accidents in South Florida

Truth be told, all auto accidents are life-threatening. But like all catastrophic injuries, you can say that some are worse than others. Auto accident cases are often some of the most complex to handle. No two accidents are alike therefore there’s a need to thoroughly evaluate the specifics of your case before moving forward. We’ll cover 4 of the most common auto accident cases we’ve seen in South Florida below. Motorcycle accidents Beginning with the most common, the injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be worse than in car accidents. This is because, in a motorcycle accident, your body doesn’t have any exterior protection. Furthermore, other drivers on the road may not be looking out for motorcycles even if they are legally required to. There’s also a common misconception that motorcyclists are very reckless hence they are always assumed to be at fault. But even if you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, it doesn’t automatically mean that you don’t qualify for any compensation. It’s always...

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What Should I Do after an Accident with a Commercial Truck?

Following a car accident with a truck, you will most likely experience physical and psychological injuries that may linger for the rest of your life. Despite these injuries, the moments immediately after the accident are very important for your health and those of others, but also to determine whether you will get compensated and to determine if it is you or the truck driver who will be found to be at fault. So, what should you do after the accident?  Get out of harm’s way Get out of the vehicle and ensure your passengers, pedestrians, and even the other drivers are out of harm’s way (are on the roadside). Put necessary warning signs and use hazard lights or road flares to prevent more accidents.  Evaluate yourself and others for injuries and perform first aid If you are not severely injured, evaluate everybody involved for injuries. Perform first aid on yourself and others and enlist the support of passers-by to assist in the same. If you are severely injured, do not...

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Signs You May Have Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice

We all hope healthcare professionals are experienced, careful, and diligent, but this is not always the case. According to a recent research by patient-safety researchers led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Martin Makary that was published in the BMJ, medical errors in hospitals and allied facilities may now be the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., taking over 250,000 lives each year, and killing more people than accidents, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, and stroke.  Identifying signs of medical malpractice is important because you will then terminate unhelpful or dangerous medical care and start on your journey to good medical care. If you see signs, you can then contact a personal injury attorney to seek compensatory and punitive damages on your behalf. If you lose a loved one to medical malpractice, knowing the signs enables you to start the journey towards seeking compensation. So, what are these signs?  1.Standard tests were not ordered  There are standard tests for each ailment that are aimed at helping healthcare professionals in diagnosis....

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How Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Work in the State of South Florida?

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone’s negligence, you can get legal assistance to obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. There are different types of personal injury lawsuits filed in South Florida and every case is unique in its own right. It’s always important to have a qualified lawyer by your side who will explain the options and navigate the case increasing your chances of a successful outcome. Establishing negligence In order to obtain any form of compensation, you must be able to establish negligence in the case. Negligence is simply defined as failure to exercise reasonable care causing another person to be injured or harmed. In this case, reasonable care refers to a standard of care that someone would use in a similar situation to avoid causing harm to another. You have to prove that the defendant failed to meet their duty of care giving rise to an injury. Your lawyer will also have to show that indeed the defendant’s...

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Motorcycle Accidents are Frequent in South Florida

There has been a rise in the number of motorcycle accidents reported in South Florida. Motorcycles continue to be a popular mode of transportation in the state especially during the warmer months. Often, these motorcycles share the same roads with trucks, cars, SUVs and cyclists increasing the risk of injury. What contributes to motorcycle accidents in South Florida? Research shows that motorcyclists are at high risk of accidents caused by four-wheel drivers because many of these drivers do not expect them to be on the road. The four-wheel drivers who contribute to motorcycle accidents are often charged with distracted driving. Since motorcycles are small, the truck or SUV driver may not even notice the motorcyclist until it’s too late. Additionally, the small size of motorcycles can cause other drivers to misjudge its distance and speed further contributing to accidents. Most of the time the cyclists end up hitting the four-wheel car on the side. Other accidents involving motorcyclists and drivers are fatal and lead to serious personal injury lawsuits. Who...

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What Factors Play into your Compensation after being Injured in an Accident

If you have been involved in an accident, you have a right to seek a fair and complete compensation from the party responsible for the injuries. There’s never a clear-cut way to accurately determine how much you will get as compensation. The average value of settlement will of course depend on the type of injury and type of accident that you were involved in. Where you at fault? One factor that will determine how much settlement you receive is the extent to which you were at fault. You may receive compensation for your injuries even if you were partially at fault. However, the level of compensation you receive if partially at fault will be much lower. A reliable personal injury attorney will help to ensure you present your case well and show that the accident was not your fault. How much have you spent on medical care? Accident victims are often compensated for medical expenses. If your injuries resulted in costly medical care including ambulance rides, prescription medication, physical therapy,...

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5 Steps an Injured Party Should Take Immediately Following a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run accidents can occur when you least expect it. It’s always important to be very prepared and know what action to take if you are injured in a hit and run accident. What you do immediately after the accident can help to protect you from making the situation worse. Here are 5 critical steps you need to follow when injured during a hit and run accident. Stop and find a safe location One rule of thumb when involved in a car accident is to remain on the scene. If you are still on the road and are able to move, identify a safe location close to the scene of the accident. If you were driving, pull over your vehicle so that you can avoid causing traffic. Never attempt to chase the driver as this can worsen the situation. Call the police The next important thing is to call the police. The police will need the names of the possible witnesses, exact location of the accident and direction where...

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