Is a Bigger Car also a Safer Car?

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Does size matter?

Small cars are popular for many reasons. If you live in a big city where parking is hard to find, you’ll be happy to have a small car. Street parking often involves putting your car into a tight spot that tests your parallel parking skills. Fuel economy is another reason why people choose small cars, they get better mileage overall.

Small cars are generally more maneuverable than large vehicles and SUVs so many people feel they are able to avoid collisions better than when driving a big car.

But, when it comes down to surviving a crash, bigger is better. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Driver death rates calculated by IIHS illustrate the real-world advantages of bigger, heavier vehicles. For example, as a group, in 2014 very large cars 1-3 years old had 19 deaths per million registered vehicles, while mini-cars had 55. Of the 19 vehicles with the lowest driver death rates from the 2008-11 model years during 2009-12, all were midsize or larger. Two-thirds of those with the highest rates were small vehicles or mini-cars.

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Are You Taking Too Many Prescriptions? Florida Pharmacy Negligence Attorneys

Florida Pharmacy Negligence AttorneysWhen a doctor tells you to take a prescription, you take it. Most people don’t question their doctors, but we should. Any person taking more than 5 medications is at serious risk of dangerous interactions.

Polypharmacy: pol·y·phar·ma·cyˌ pälēˈfärməsē/
– the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition.
– the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient, for one or more conditions.

Most people have a primary care physician, and any number of specialists so it’s important that all your doctors are clued in to exactly what medicines you are taking, including over-counter pain killers, allergy medicines, and even vitamins and supplements. They can all have side-effects when mixed. Make a list of everything, including the dosage and strength of each one, and bring it with you to every doctor.

How do you know if you are taking too many medicines?

Here are a few hints:

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Becoming a Truck Driver – Florida Truck Accident Attorney

florida truck accident attorneyHave you ever watched the driver of a massive tractor-trailer back his rig into a narrow alley to make a delivery? It has always amazed me how they do that, I can barely parallel park my rental car when I visit New York City. Obviously these professionals are well-trained, as they should be, considering the heavy responsibility involved with commanding a huge truck.

The maximum weight for a U.S. semi truck and full trailer is 80,000 pounds spread over 18 conventional wheels.

We have discussed the physics involved with a large truck vs. a passenger vehicle in an accident, and the truck almost always does massive damage to the car. Some new highways are actually being designed with separate lanes for cars and trucks just to avoid collisions.

This stunning statistic illustrates how dangerous it is to be in an accident with a big truck:

A total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes in 2015. Sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

So, what does it take to be a truck driver in Florida?

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What to do When You’re Stopped by the Police – Florida Accident Attorneys

We aren’t criminal defense attorneys, so we’re not going tell you what to do if you are pulled over and you’ve been drinking or you haveFlorida Accident Attorneys marijuana in your car. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that will give you free advice and qualified defense attorneys you may hire for professional advice about what to do in those circumstances. We will take this opportunity to say that if you’ve been drinking, please do not drive.

You do have rights, and we will touch on those, but it’s important to understand that being pulled over by the police is a strenuous time for you, and for the police officer. There’s a saying “There’s no such thing as a routine traffic stop,” and here is why: In 2015, off the 41 officers feloniously killed, eight were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances; seven were involved in tactical situations; six were conducting traffic pursuits/stops; five were killed in arrest situations; four were ambushed; three were killed while answering domestic disturbance calls; three were killed in unprovoked attacks; two were handling, transporting, or maintaining custody of prisoners; two were handling persons with mental illnesses; and one was conducting an investigative activity (such as surveillance, a search, or an interview).

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Liquor Liability – Florida Dram Shop Law

Despite the horrific statistics on alcohol-related car accidents, some people in Florida continue to drive drunk. Whenflorida car accident attorneys they do and are involved in a crash, the penalties are severe and the civil liability that may result can also be devastating. Many people are unaware of laws that pertain to bars, restaurants, liquor stores, and other businesses or even private hosts who serve alcohol. These laws vary state-by-state.

Dram shop or dramshop is a legal term in the United States referring to a bar, tavern or the like where alcoholic beverages are sold. Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid.

Dram shop liability refers to the body of law governing the liability of taverns, liquor stores, and other commercial establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Generally, dram shop laws establish the liability of establishments arising out of the sale of alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons or minors who subsequently cause death or injury to third parties (those not having a relationship to the bar) as a result of alcohol-related car crashes and other accidents.

Florida is unlike most dram shop laws in the sense that it almost completely restricts the liability of establishments selling and serving alcohol. This makes Florida’s dram shop law very limited in scope and application. Florida Statute 768.125 states: Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication.—A person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of any or all alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

Last year a Florida man sued Kahuna’s Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg, Florida after drinking at the establishment and then crashing his car. The press reported:

The suit claims that Campbell was a longtime patron of Kahuna’s. On several occasions, when it was clear he had too much to drink, bartenders and staff nevertheless continued serving Campbell, even taking shots of liquor with him. Due to his drunken state, Campbell had previously passed out, fallen face first to the ground, spilled beer on tables, and even vomited on the patio.

The status of this case is unknown.

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The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus works with victims of car accidents, and often there is alcohol involved. Whatever the circumstances, we will work to get the facts and protect the rights of our clients as we have done for over 20 years. We urge all Florida drivers to not drink and drive, to refrain from and cell phone use while driving, and to obey all traffic laws.

If you have been involved in a Florida car accident, please reach out to us by calling 954-356-0006 and asking for a free consultation. We will be happy to meet you at your convenience.

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Summer Road Trips: Have You Checked Your Auto Insurance?

What would you think is the most dangerous month to drive? What day of the week? You may think that winter months are dangerousFort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys because of snow and ice and that Monday mornings would be dangerous because of commuters. Both are wrong.

The most dangerous month, it turns out, is August, and Saturday the most dangerous day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Summer is when driving goes way up, and Saturdays are when many people who get to work using public transportation decide to gas up the family car and head for the beach or Home Depot.

We are going to focus on summer road trips because this is when there is the potential for unusual circumstances to come into play. You’re going to be far from home so if anything happens you’ll want to make sure you have enough insurance coverage to handle any problems.

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Florida Click It or Ticket in May – Please Wear Your Seat Belt

florida car accident attorneysTry to imagine the frustration felt by Florida Highway Patrol troopers and highway safety officials when you consider they have been fighting to reduce the number of fatalities on Florida roads, and after making progress for a time, the numbers turn and suddenly get worse. That’s what has happened the past three years, and despite the depressing news police all around Florida are ready to kick off the annual “click it or ticket” campaign in hopes people will buckle up. It’s inconceivable that some people are still forgetting to buckle their seat belts, but apparently they are:

Of the 35,092 people killed in car crashes in the United States last year, 9,874 were not wearing a seat belt, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. That’s 28% and it’s far too high.

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Prima Facie in Professional Negligence Cases

professional negligenceIf you are involved in the highly contentious discourse that is politics these days, no doubt you have heard people use the phrase “that’s unconstitutional” and then move forward with their argument. The problem is that often the person hasn’t actually read the constitution, nor do they understand it. They have not established support for their point. Similarly, legal arguments sometimes should be supported by facts.

Latin for “at first sight,” Prima facie may be used as an adjective meaning “sufficient to establish a fact or raise a presumption unless disproved or rebutted;” e.g., prima facie evidence. A prima facie case is the establishment of a legally required rebuttable presumption.

If you wanted a court to accept up front that all concrete is hard, it wouldn’t be difficult to do that. But someone may counter that cement in a bag or wet cement is not hard, so you would have to clarify your position. “All gasoline flames are hot” would likely pass any challenge and be considered acceptable as “prima facie,” unless there is something I missed in my study of thermodynamics.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

There are days, weeks, and months for everything, but let’s discuss a month that we can all work together to make a difference. May isflorida motorcycle accident attorney motorcycle safety awareness month, and with Florida leading the nation in motorcycle crash fatalities. we need to pay attention and learn about this tragic loss of life.

Here are some numbers that we should all be concerned about:

Florida        2014 fatalities: 450     2015 fatalities: 550      Increase: 22%

When you consider that California suffered fewer fatal motorcycle accidents than Florida (489) in 2015, and their population (39 million) is almost double that of Florida (20 million)….we have a real problem here in the Sunshine State. What can we do about it?

If you are a motorcyclist, we hope you will pledge to refresh your knowledge of safety tips. Take a motorcycle safety course and please see a couple of our posts on causes of crashes and how to avoid them below. Please never drink and drive your motorcycle, and wear safety equipment.

As an automobile driver, please understand that many accidents are caused quite simply by not looking. When you pull out into the roadway please pause and look carefully. Obviously a motorcycle isn’t as large as a truck so take time to look twice. Many accidents are also caused by distracted drivers and incapacitated drivers. Don’t text and drive and never drink and drive. If you’re tired, take a nap. Call Uber. Save a life.

Almost everyone I know has experienced the loss of a loved one in a motorcycle accident. Let’s make this a month when we make a change to save lives, and not just in May but the whole year.

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The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is committed to education about safety on the road. We deal the victims of serious accidents on a daily basis and we see the tragic consequences. If you have been involved in any serious motor vehicle accident you deserve the finest legal advice and representation available. We will work hard to protect your rights and make sure you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law for your injuries and damages. Please call us at 954-356-0006.

 

How to Avoid the Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

More Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Tips to Avoid Them

 

 

“Sorry, It’s My Fault” – Don’t Say That! Florida Accident Attorney

Florida Accident AttorneyYou’re a nice person, I can tell. And you’re polite. When you bump into someone in the store because you’re looking at your phone (you don’t do that in the car) you say “Sorry, my fault.” I do that too!

But. It’s not a good idea to do that after an accident. Even if it was your fault. We have discussed what to do immediately after an accident but we didn’t cover this and it recently came up in another case.

When you have an accident you first priority is safety and medical attention, if necessary. Don’t admit fault because that may come back at you later. Plus, you may think it’s your fault, but it’s really not. Often things are not as they first seem to be, which is why we investigate accidents.

Here’s a checklist of things to do and not do right after an accident:

  1. If anyone is injured call 911 immediately. And help as much as you can.
  2. If it’s a minor accident and you are going to work it with the other driver make sure you get all the information: insurance card, tag number, and take pictures.
  3. If you believe the police should be called, call them.
  4. If you are not injured get the names of witnesses who may have seen the accident. Once again, try to take pictures if you are able.
  5. Note the condition of the other driver and try to write down notes about everything you observe.
  6. If the police respond, cooperate but don’t offer information or make small-talk. Answer questions.
  7. Call your insurance company.
  8. Sometimes insurance adjusters will respond to the scene. Same as above, just answer questions and don’t offer your opinion or any chit-chat. Just because it’s your insurance company doesn’t mean they are anxious to pay you a lot of money.
  9. Don’t give a recorded statement to your insurance company. Tell them that can wait until later.
  10. Do not sign a general medical release. That’s another thing that can wait until later.
  11. Once you are finished with all on-scene responsibilities, call an experienced accident attorney. There will get guidance on what to do next.
  12. Finally, don’t post anything on social media! If there is any dispute or legal action, that has proved to be very bad in many other cases. It’s best to remain silent and speak only with your attorney.

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The attorneys at Lazarus and Lazarus have been helping victims of car accidents for over 20 years, so we are well aware of the pitfalls of not keeping on course with the above list. We want the truth to come out and for our clients to get the best representation possible to receive the maximum help for their damages and injuries.

We invite you to examine our record, our qualifications, and our reviews online. Then we hope you call us if you are involved in any accident. Call us at 954-356-0006.