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Car accident statistics from 2016 show interesting results

Memorial Day is behind us, and the unofficial start of summer has begun. Over the next few months, Florida residents and tourists to the state will go to barbecues, head to the beach, go to one of the state's many theme parks, go camping and, in general, enjoy the activities the season has to offer. However, some people will find that their summer fun has turned to tragedy due to a car accident. Some of these accidents will be caused by negligent driving or drunk driving. And, statistics from a 2016 report by the state show that drunk driving accidents and accidents all around are still a problem in Florida.

Identifying the symptoms of whiplash after a car accident

No one expects to be involved in an auto accident, but unfortunately these collisions happen every day across the state. When a person's car is rear-ended or is forced to crash into the driver in front of them, the impact of the collision may cause the person's head to suddenly jerk back and forth, sometimes multiple times. This could lead to an injury known as "whiplash." It is important for people in Miami to be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, so they can be on the lookout for them if they are in a car accident.

Could self-driving cars reduce the number of car accidents?

While they may have once been the stuff of science fiction, self-driving cars are becoming a reality in Miami and nationwide. One of the hopes of these autonomous vehicles is that they will reduce the number of car accidents. However, are self-driving cars really safer than traditional human-driven vehicles?

Eight people injured in car accident involving a school bus

The morning routine for many children in Florida involves getting on the big yellow school bus. Most of the time these trips to and from school are uneventful, as they should be. However, no matter how carefully the bus driver operates his or her vehicle, you can't control the actions of others on the road, as one recent incident shows.

How should you react after a car accident?

Car accidents are simultaneously common and, for some people, rare. There are many drivers out there who have never had to deal with a car accident in their life. They are the lucky ones. Others still have been in an accident or two in their lives, but they were minor in nature. These fender benders may not be fully resolved as easily as you would think -- given the nature of insurance companies -- but they aren't as bad as serious car accidents.

Will SB 52 Prevent Distracted Driving in Florida? Some Parents Say No.

Over the past decade, texting while driving (and other related forms of distraction) has become one of the leading causes of car accidents in the State of Florida and across the United States as a whole. Due to the rise of cell phone usage and all of their associated gizmos, gadgets and applications, it is not surprising that as a result, a car accident occurs approximately every ten seconds in the U.S. Specifically, nation-wide surveys reveal that nearly two-thirds of all drivers admitted to reading text messages or emailing while driving. Even more daunting is the fact in Florida alone, the more than 4,500 accidents that occurred last year were all attributed to some form of distracted driving, with more than 250 linked specifically to texting.

Employer's Deficient Background Check Supported Determination of Negligent Entrustment of Vehicle to Drunk Employee

The legal doctrine of negligent entrustment authorizes the imposition of liability on the owner of a dangerous instrument, such as a motor vehicle, for negligence by a motorist the owner knows or should know poses an unreasonable risk of harm. The basic rationale for this legal theory is that a vehicle owner should exercise ordinary care when placing a dangerous instrumentality like a motor vehicle in the hands of another. While actual knowledge that the person using the vehicle has a pattern of drunk driving convictions, citations for reckless driving, or a history of at-fault accidents can justify liability, vehicle owners cannot bury their head in the sand to avoid liability. The legal relationship between the parties as well as known facts might give rise to a duty to inquire further. In this blog, our Miami personal injury attorneys highlight a recent case where a Florida appellate court allowed a claim of to go forward based on the negligent driving of an employee under the legal doctrine of negligent entrustment. 

Recent Settlement of Bus Accident Evidencing Special Challenges When Suing a Public Entity

Although buses statistically provide one of the safest forms of transportation, the carnage and extent of injury can be devastating when Florida bus accidents occur. Because passengers in Miami-Dade County embark on tens of thousands of trips covering hundreds of thousands of miles annually, serious bus accidents are predictable. When bus drivers fail to exercise caution and remain attentive, or public entities and transit companies do not exercise care in screening, training, and supervising drivers, the risk posed to passengers increases dramatically. While bus companies are considered common carriers who owe passengers a heightened duty of care, injured passengers seeking financial compensation from municipalities and other government entities that run bus lines face special challenges. In this blog, our Miami bus accident attorneys review a recent settlement of a bus accident claim that focuses attention on these obstacles. 

Miami Car Accident Attorneys Review Decision Allowing Lawsuit to Proceed Based on Due Process Despite Allegations of Fraud upon the Court

Discovery is an important part of the litigation process in any car accident lawsuit because this permits the issues in the case to be narrowed and each side to investigate the facts and allegations made by the opposing party. Skillful use of discovery tools and close attention to the information provided could mean the difference between a substantial settlement or verdict and an outcome favorable to the defense. While a party might have valid objections to answering certain questions, providing false information, misrepresentations, or material nondisclosure could have dire consequences. In this blog post, our experienced car accident attorneys review a decision from the Florida Court of Appeals reversing the dismissal of an injury victim's claim despite allegations of fraud perpetrated upon the court.