Keeping Children Safe in Your Car – South Florida Accident Attorneys

We have worked with hundreds of people injured in car, motorcycle, and truck accidents over the past 27 years and it is always difficult to see people suffer from serious injuries. It’s even moreChildren Safety in Cars Fort Lauderdale difficult when children are involved, and often they are too young to even understand what has happened. Over 1000 children die in traffic accidents in the U.S. each year and many more are seriously injured.

Child Safety in Motor Vehicles

Many injuries to children are preventable with proper safety precautions, including using the proper car seat, installed according to directions. Another important thing to consider is that many people are injured by objects inside their own car. When a car impacts another vehicle or a stationary object like a tree, everything inside the car becomes an airborne danger. Please keep yourself and your child safely buckled in, but also keep loose objects stored in compartments or in the trunk.

We’re including an excellent video about child safety in the car at the bottom of this article.

Another danger to children is being left alone in a parked car. We see these incidents turn into tragedies every year and we can’t understand how it could happen. In south Florida the temperature inside a parked car can reach lethal temperatures.

At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.

Please click here to read an article that describes 8 options for gadgets and apps that can help prevent these terrible incidents from happening.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus is dedicated to helping keep our roads safe, but when crashed happen we then dedicate ourselves to protect the rights of victims who have been injured. We will fight to see every client is compensated for their injuries, medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We are proud of our reputation as compassionate, yet tenacious advocates for our clients. Please call us at 954-356-0006 if you have any questions. We will be happy to meet you at one of our offices or at a location convenient for you.



South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

Spring and Summer Means More Boating Traffic, Accidents, and Injuries – South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

Boat Accident Attorneys in Fort LauderdaleHere’s a bit of trivia to keep and store for future use to amaze your friends: What state has the most number of boats (the Coast Guard calls them vessels) registered? Florida! That’s pretty easy, but what state ranks second? Minnesota. That’s unexpected.

What state has the most miles of coastline? Alaska. Second place is Florida.

Knowing what you know now, what state ranks number one for boating accidents, injuries, and deaths? Unfortunately, it’s Florida.

Several things contribute to make the waters in and around Florida particularly dangerous, and congestion is one. The population of Florida has gone up every year since someone started counting.

In 1960 the population of Florida was 5 million people.

  • 1970      6.8 million
  • 1980      9 million
  • 1990      13 million
  • 2000     16 million
  • 2010      18.8
  • 2019      21.3 million

Waterways, harbors, lakes, canals, and rivers are all choked with boats especially in the summer which is coming soon.

Just like we preach about safety on the road, we also preach about safe boating because a portion of our law practice is dedicated to helping victims of accidents on the water. The laws for boating accidents are similar but different. Waterways are harder to maintain “traffic control” and there may not be red lights but there are laws. If you own a boat you should know them and obey. Going out on a boat is fun but that doesn’t mean you throw common sense out the window and become reckless.

Another thing to consider and understand when you’re out on a boat is that if someone does something irresponsible and there is a collision and injuries, it takes a lot longer for medical emergency responders to reach victims. It also takes longer to be transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. If you’re three miles out in the Gulf Stream you may be an hour or more from getting to a trauma center. The Coast Guard statistics for Florida boating accidents document the fact that injuries and deaths increase through the Spring months and peak in July.

The smart thing is to avoid accidents. The number one reason for serious accidents is excessive speed. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is also a major contributing factor according to the Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Almost half of all boating accidents involve impaired boaters.

South Florida Boating Accident Attorneys

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been helping victims of boating accidents in south Florida for 25 years. We understand the laws, insurance, and special circumstances that are unique to boating accidents and we work hard to get results for our clients who have been hurt. Please call us at (954) 356-0006 if you would like to speak with us about your situation. Our consultations are always free and confidential.


Be Reasonable! How the Reasonable Person Standard Works

Have you ever tried to reason with an unreasonable person? It’s frustrating! But you have to imagine that the other person thinks you’re the unreasonable one, so how do you come to a solution for your disagreement? The answer is, you usually don’t.

When a dispute gets to the point where you must use your constitutional right to sue in court, there are certain things that must be present in order to file a suit that stands a chance of being successful. The first is, did the person or people who caused you harm have a responsibility or “duty of care” to provide a safe environment and not hurt you? If you’re walking down the sidewalk and a brick from a building falls on your head you can’t sue the person who was sitting on a chair nearby drinking coffee. The building owner is probably the logical target for your lawsuit.

The second element that is essential is that the person you wish to sue did not exercise reasonable care or judgement, thus causing the incident to occur. There’s that word reasonable again.

The definition of reasonable is: a: being in accordance with reason, a reasonable theory. b: not extreme or excessive. c: moderate, fair.

Florida Premise NegligenceThe third essential element is “proximate cause” which means that the party you want to sue likely caused or contributed to the incident occurring, either by something they did or something they did not do. Lastly, there must be damages. These damages may be physical, mental, psychological, financial, or some other kind. But proving damages is important and sometimes difficult.

In law, especially in the area of negligence, the “reasonable person” doctrine has been used for many years to define what society will or won’t condone as acceptable behavior so that harm is not done to others. For example, if your business involves the installation of underground pipes, you wouldn’t dig a deep hole and leave it open overnight with no caution signs or barriers to warn people. If you did that then you failed to act on your duty to protect the public. On the other hand, if you were diligent about blocking the hole and used lighted signs and took every reasonable precaution possible, but a person willfully ignored the safety measures, climbed over a barrier, and he fell in and was hurt, the court would likely see that the victim was not using reasonable judgement.

When a property owner does not take reasonable steps to make sure there are no hazardous conditions, it is often referred to as “premise negligence” and if someone is hurt there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Florida uses the reasonable person concept when dealing with personal injury cases and other lawsuits involving physical, financial, or property damages. It’s important to understand that something you find to be perfectly reasonable may not be seen that way in court, and that’s why some people emerge victorious from the courthouse and some don’t. Try to wrap your ahead around the fact that no system is perfect, but ours is pretty good.

What happens if both parties in a lawsuit are unreasonable? Florida also uses a principle known as “comparative negligence” which is a way to assign blame based on the level of negligence by each party. We’ll get into that in our next blog post. Until then, be reasonable!

If you think you might have a reason to sue someone who caused you some type of damages or physical harm, we’re here to help you understand your rights under the law. Call us at (954) 356-0006 and we’ll be happy to listen to your story and talk about the best course of action.