Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney Joseph Lipsky reminds drivers to be careful in only relying upon a new car’s “accident avoidance” technology, rather than truly paying attention to your surroundings. According to a recent study from AAA, those backing up systems and cross traffic alerts are not as reliable as most drivers believe. The study’s lesson, drivers should use their experience and behind the wheel skills rather than just relying upon technology to save themselves from being involved in a car accident.

While a car’s warning systems are supposed to alert drivers about possible hazards, tests results reveal that every vehicle’s accident prevention systems vary greatly. Incredibly, tests demonstrated that when a car with rear warning systems was parked in between two other vehicles, it failed to warn the driver of passing motorcycles, bicycles, smaller cars and pedestrians about 50% of the time. Sadly, most drivers are unaware of this significant likelihood of failure, as they are lead to believe, mainly by mainstream advertising, that the car’s systems are truly reliable. Regardless of the manufacturer, and the added costs of such warning systems, which averages around $3,000.00, tests proved that no on vehicle was 100% reliable in detecting all hazards behind a vehicle.

We agree with the AAA that all motorists, regardless of which safety features their vehicle has, should always look behind and to the sides of their car and check the rear and side-view mirrors before backing up. Backing into a parking space will can assist drivers in eventually preventing accident, unfortunately, most parking lots require vehicle “head in” parking. This is precisely one of the reasons why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is requiring all new vehicles, by the model year 2018, to have mandatory backup cameras. The government hope is that requiring such cameras will help avoid wrongful deaths and personal injuries. According to the NHTSA, backing up accidents cause more than 250 deaths and over 15,000 personal injuries each year.

A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) confirms what Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney Joseph Lipsky unfortunately knows too well, that the number of pedestrian wrongful deaths increased by 19 percent from 2009 to 2014. Sadly, pedestrian deaths are now at their largest proportion as compared to all car accident fatalities over the past 25 years.

The study estimates that there is a 10% increase in the number of pedestrians wrongful deaths in 2015, in comparison to 2014. Pedestrian wrongful deaths have risen at a steady rate of thirteen percent annually since 2005. Incredibly, Florida is one of four states which account for over forty percent of all pedestrian vs motor vehicle deaths, the other states are California, Texas and New York.

The number of pedestrian fatalities continues to rise despite the ongoing efforts of states to use technological innovations, increased law enforcement and more pedestrian education. Of course, a decrease in cell phone use by pedestrians would certainly help decrease such deaths.

Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Joseph Lipsky frequently represents injured victims of car accidents caused by drivers who are distracted due to texting while driving. Lately, he has seen a drastic rise in the number of distracted walking accidents. That’s right, distracted walking, when a pedestrian is so engrossed in using their phone that they disregard the dangers around themselves, and actually fall or walk in front of a car.

Mr. Lipsky’s experience is apparently not a fluke. According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, texting while walking is now one of the most often cited reasons for an injured person who is seen at an emergency room. The National Safety Council’s own research indicates that when someone is injured while texting or reading on their phone, those injuries are substantial, and include fractures, concussions and dislocations.

Texting while walking results in what scientists refer to as inattentive blindness. This lack of awareness to a pedestrian’s surroundings resulted in over 2500 emergency room visits. In fact, the study’s research demonstrates that cell phone use while walking results in more than ten percent of all pedestrian related injuries.

Although Miami car accident lawyer Joseph Lipsky applauds the increase in accident prevention technology being included by vehicle manufacturers in their new cars, the technology divide of older drivers is causing many to disregard and ignore possible life saving safety equipment. According to the National Safety Council, this failure to use car accident avoidance technology is an unexpected consequence of rapid technological advancements.

Vehicle manufactures thankfully are readily installing unintended lane change technology, blind spot avoidance and automatic rear-end collision braking; but, they are failing to educate consumers about how to use such technology to avoid deadly car accidents. In light of these shortcomings, and because each manufacturer uses different technology, the Department of Transportation started a website, mycardoeswhat.org, as a resource for consumers to visit for detailed and simplistic information about every vehicles safety features. The website includes multiple video demonstrations to help reduce the learning curve.

The safety feature most motorists have difficulty with is adaptive cruise control, even though it has existed for over 10 years in more expensive luxury vehicles. Given the high costs of those vehicles, dealers were apt to spend an extended amount of time helping their customers fully understand their vehicles. However, as the safety equipment begins to find its way into less expensive cars, experts question whether those dealers will be able to devote the time amount of time to teach their customers. And, as anyone who has tried to read a new car manual can attest, what was once a small booklet has grown into a full sized encyclopedia.

With the growing number of people who are turning to cycling for commuting to work and for recreation and exercise, Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer Joseph Lipsky expected that the number of bicycle accident and injuries would also increase. Now, a new study by The Journal of the American Medical Association, based upon the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which evaluates data from emergency rooms across the United States, confirms that the number of bicycle riding related accidents and injures increased over the last seven years.

Of particular concern is the great number of injuries involving bike users over the age of forty-five. Those riders saw an almost 100 percent increase in their number of injuries requiring a visit to an emergency room. The number of injured riders outpaced the increase in total bicycle use, which rose just over 20 percent since 2001. Sadly, more than 700 people lose their lives in bike accidents annually across America.

As expected, the leading causes of bike accidents and personal injuries were collisions with cars, falling down and riding on roads which were not in good condition. Having represented dozens of bicyclists injured due to potholes and misaligned roads, Florida personal injury attorney Joseph Lipsky, knows too well the dangers caused by communities and cities not properly maintaining the roads they know cyclists use.

As a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer with over 23 years of experience helping injured victims of car accidents throughout the State of Florida, Attorney Joseph Lipsky reminds his fellow Floridians that driving is a dangerous activity. Sadly, a recent study by the National Safety Council demonstrates that wrongful deaths from car accidents have increase almost 15% since the beginning of 2015. The study shows that the rate of car accident deaths rose from 11.1 per 100,000 drivers, to 12.5.

In real-life terms, this deadly rise has accounted for more than 2,200 people needlessly losing their lives in the first six months of this year as compared to the same time period last year. While the study seems to correlate the reduced price of gas to more drivers on the road, as a cause of the dramatic increase in deadly accidents; the economic impact of the rise in accidents cannot compare to the loss of life and its affects upon families. This deadly rise reversed a seven year trend of less wrongful deaths.

The number of serious injuries caused by car accidents also increased by almost thirty percent from last year. Incredibly, the council estimates the actual financial cost of these crashes exceeds $150 billon.

As a parent of teenage drivers, Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Joseph Lipsky knows too well that just because a new driver passes Florida’s driving test, does not indicate that that generally teenage driver actually possesses the skills needed to drive safely. A recent study from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention now proves what most parents already know, that new drivers are the most dangerous motorists on the road, primarily due to their lack of experience in knowing how to anticipate and avoid car accidents. This inexperience is certainly one of the reasons why car accidents result in the most wrongful deaths involving teenagers.

The researchers developed a test to help new driver become better at avoiding car accidents. The test uses a simulator containing over twenty variations of the most frequent types of teenage driver involved accidents. Not surprisingly, teenage drivers were almost twice as likely as more experienced older drivers at causing a simulated crash. The test demonstrates that while newer motorists knew and used basic driving skills, like turn signals and proper lane changes, they lacked the real world experience need to avoid more challenging real world driving situations.

The study found the most prevalent teenage driving car accidents involved left-hand turns and rear-end collisions, most often associated with distracted driving. The study hopes to cause parents to spend more time with young drivers teaching them about the benefits of defensive driving. As a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney Joseph Lipsky certainly agrees that helping teenage drivers avoid accidents by spending more time learning how to drive safely is a parent’s responsibility.

In hopes of preventing personal injuries and wrongful deaths, Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Lawyer Joseph Lipsky supports the recent recommendation by The National Transportation Safety Board that car manufacturers include collision avoidance systems as standard equipment on all new passenger vehicles. While the manufactures continue to resist including such life saving measures, as standard equipment, placing the financial onus on buyers to pay extra for these “options,” The NTSB believes that crash avoidance systems should be treated like seatbelts, as required safety equipment in all vehicles.

Some types of frequent car accidents which would be drastically reduced include rear end collisions, which kill almost 2000 people, and injure over half a million, annually. Research indicates that greater than eighty percent of rear end crashes would be lessened with existing technology, such as forward collision avoidance, which not only alerts a driver of a possible frontal crash, but can actually help stop a car before it strikes a car in front of it.

Although the NTSB first made these recommendations over three years ago, manufacturers have acted at a snail’s pace to include collision warnings systems. Miami Car Accident attorney Joseph Lipsky encourages the big auto manufacturers to incorporate these lifesaving technological advancements as standard features in all new vehicles.

In addition to the well-known dangers associated with distracted driving, Miami car accident lawyer Joseph Lipsky wants to pedestrians to be aware of an ever increasing problem; how pedestrians who are distracted while walking, especially along Miami’s busy roadways, are finding themselves in increasingly dangerous positions. Using a cell phone while crossing U.S. 1 or Flagler Street while texting is a distraction which can cause pedestrians to walk right into the path of a vehicle and become serious injured in a car accident.

Our roads in Miami and Fort Lauderdale continually make the dubious list of the American’s most dangerous roads for pedestrians. A recent report listed the Palm Beach, Broward, Miami tri-county area as our country’s 4th most dangerous area for pedestrians accidents, with nearly three times the national average for car accidents with pedestrians.

The report also showed that with similar pedestrian dangers in Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, that Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians. Not surprisingly, elderly and young children are involved in the majority of pedestrian car accidents. And of that group, the elderly are the victims of more wrongful deaths due primarily to their fragility. Despite these know findings, Miami’s own public works department found that through Miami Dade County, higher curbs, mis-leved sidewalks and the lack of crosswalks are a prevalent problem for our ever increasing elderly population.

Despite continually warning his fellow Floridians of the dangers caused by using a cell phone while driving, Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer Joseph Lipsky is not surprise by the results of a recent study from the National Safety Council which found that over twenty-five percent of all car accidents were caused were distracted driving accidents, caused by someone who was using a cellular phone.

The NSC report follows data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which found that almost ten people die daily and hundreds of others are seriously injured due to someone being a distracted driver. Due to the life-altering effects of such distracted driving car accidents, many businesses are actually banning their employees from using a cell phone while driving. Although those companies are banning cell phone use to lessen their potential liabilities, rather than for safety purposes, the resulting saved lives are a great result.

Additionally, technology companies are increasing installing accident avoidance devices in new cars. This technology also is being addressed by the advancements made in driverless cars, although that will certainly create another set of issues. Yet despite these safety matters, new distracting devices, including so-called wearable technology which is designed to increase access to texting and making call, will only serve to present drivers with another type of distraction.