September 30, 2009

Pedestrians and Bike Riders Involved in Double the Accidents with Hybrid Cars

In the desire to go "Green," the steady increase in hybrid cars on the road are causing a drastic increase in the number of car accidents with pedestrians and bicycle riders. According to a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, due to the lack of noise generated from hybrid engines, pedestrians and cyclists are less likely to hear such vehicles that were turning, slowing or backing up.

Thankfully, in light of this unintended side-effect, vehicle manufacturers are apparently proposing to include a device in their vehicles which would generate noise under certain circumstances, such as the back-up warnings used on commercial trucks.

The study reviewed over 8,000 hybrid and 550,000 non-hybrid car accidents in 12 states, including Florida, and determined the collisions usually took place at low speeds, when the sound difference between a hybrid and traditional car engine is the most pronounced.

September 29, 2009

Students Injured in Accidents On Way to School in Broward County

Today was a particularly dangerous day for students going to school in Broward County. Two students walking to school were injured in separate accidents, one with a car and another with a bus. The accidents happened in Hollywood and Oakland Park.

In the Hollywood car accident, police say a driver disregarded an extended school bus stop sign and struck a boy trying to get on the bus. The driver then fled the scene. The collision occurred at the intersection of Taft Street and 56th Ave., Hollywood. According to police, the victim, who attends South Broward High School, suffered serious but thankfully, not life-threatening, injuries for which rescue took him to Memorial Regional Hospital.

In the Oakland Park accident, police reported that a 16-year-old girl suffered serious injuries to her legs when a school bus struck her. The accident occurred at N.W. 21st Ave. and 39th St., Ft. Lauderdale.

As we are rapidly approaching the end of day light savings time, as personal injury attorneys handling car accident and pedestrian cases throughout Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach, we urge all drivers, including bus drivers, to be vigilant in watching out for innocent students trying to get to school or on their way home.