August 23, 2011

Florida Roadways Responsible for Too Many Pedestrian Wrongful Deaths

Not surprisingly, a recent study by Transportation for America ranked our South Florida region of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach as the fourth most dangerous area for car accidents and wrongful deaths involving pedestrians in the United States. According to the report, more than 1500 pedestrians died in car and truck accidents in the South Florida area between 2000 and 2009. That is a shocking number of deaths, considering many cities have actually installed additional safety improvements, including cross-walks with countdown clocks.

Thankfully, despite possible reductions in Federal funding, Broward County engineers, for the first time, have placed greater emphasis on the interaction between traffic and pedestrians, including bike riders, in their plans for roadway construction for the next 25 years. Such safety actions include the building of additional bike lanes and pedestrian walks.

While it is imperative for the Florida Legislature to continue with their studies to determine solutions for this epidemic, as personal injury attorneys we hope everyone remembers that old saying, "look left, look right, and look left again, before entering a roadway."

August 10, 2011

Distracted Driving Car Accidents Reduced by Police and Publicity

As personal injury attorneys representing the victims of car accident cases in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, we are always glad to hear of ongoing efforts to reduce deadly accidents. Recently numerous cities have begun ticketing drivers who are texting while behind the wheel.

According to the Department of Transportation, the increased police activity, borne by forward thinking legislatures, in combination with increased publicity regarding the dangers of distracted driving, has caused a dramatic reduction in such deadly car accidents. Currently, this two prong attack at reducing injuries is taking place in Syracuse, NY and Hartford, Connecticut.

The results of these efforts is astounding. During the past year alone, in which police have written almost 10,000 tickets for texting or talking while driving, there was a average reduction of more than 65% in the number of accidents. Incredibly, more than half a million drivers and passenger suffer personal injuries due to distracted drivers. We certainly encourage the Florida Legislature to pursue such laws to protect our fellow Floridians.