June 15, 2010

Deadly Car Accidents in Florida Decline Thanks to Seat Belts

According to a report released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety, wrongful deaths from car accidents in Florida, particularly in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach have steadily decreased, to a new low. The data shows a drop of almost 15% in fatalities from car and truck accidents in Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol believes the drop in deaths is directly linked to a new Florida Law which permits police officers to stop and ticket drivers and passengers solely for not wearing a seat-belt. Before this law went into effect in 2009, police officers were only allowed to ticket someone if they pulled them over for another violation.

Other reasons for the decline in such accident related deaths include better roads, more guard rails and better driver education. Regardless of the reason why, as personal injury lawyers practicing in Florida, we applaud anything which reduces preventable deaths.

June 8, 2010

Florida Has The Deadliest Road in America

In yet another dubious honor for the State of Florida, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared that I-95, particularly in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, is the most deadly road in America. NHTSA's declaration is based upon their evaluation of the number of car accidents and truck accidents resulting in wrongful death compared to the distance of a particular stretch of highway.

According to the study, there were about 1.73 deadly accidents for every mile along I-95 during the years 2004 through 2008. The Florida Highway Patrol's own evaluation of our deadly roadway, blames such accidents and deaths on driver's being distracted by activities like using cell phones and navigation devices. Those of us who endure the daily commutes along I-95 in South Florida are all too well acquainted with those drivers who are clearly paying attention to something other than their driving.

The Florida DOT also believes that the sheer number of vehicles on the limited number of lanes on I-95 in Miami and Broward Counties is an obvious reason why our highway is so deadly.

As personal injury lawyers in Ft. Lauderdale we again urge everyone to be particularly vigilant to reckless drivers, especially during this summer travel season.

June 2, 2010

Seat Belts Saves Life of Hollywood Car Accident Victim

Unfortunately, three passengers from Hollywood, Florida, died in a car accident outside of Vero Beach this weekend. This deadly accident is another strong reminder that seat belts are the best defense against suffering serious injuries and death in car accidents. According to the Highway Patrol, all three victims were ejected from the vehicle apparently because they were not wearing seat-belts.

In something that probably is more than a mere coincidence, the only person to survive the collision was the driver, who according to police, was wearing a seat belt. The deadly car accident occurred on I-95, when according to the highway patrol, the tread on one of the cars' tires separated, causing the driver to loose control and roll-over. All of the passengers in the SUV were ejected in the crash.

As attorneys practicing personal injury law throughout Florida, too often we see innocent victims suffer debilitating and deadly injuries, which might have been prevented, if they only "click it." Over this summer season we again urge everyone to use their seat belts, and to make sure that children use appropriate car seats.